This year has been officially dubbed The Year of the Great Aphid Invasion. I've never seen so many aphids in my (young) life. They're in the pot ghetto, they're on cuttings growing behind glass, they're in the back beds, and they're even in the front beds! And not just a few on each cane, no no, I can start at the bottom of a cane and slide my fingers upward until I have a small ball of aphids in my hand.
I kill some, and then it seems they multiply even more! I've even become paranoid that touching the aphids and then touching another plant will magically spread them! That's how many plants are affected and how bad it is! I keep standing out back with my hand shading my eyes, looking to and fro, praying the ladybugs and lacewings are on their way. But reinforcements have failed to arrive so far. I haven't given up hope yet, but it's looking pretty bleak. They've already killed some small roses.
So this is my SOS good people of GW! How do I turn the tides of this battle! I've been dutifully spraying them off of the bushes but they seem to just hop back up and climb up to their feasts again. The spring flush is on the way and I may sink into a deep depression if the first spring flush I will ever see is ruined by these tiny monsters!