When my boyfriend and I went on a trip last summer, I knew we'd be gone for a month or so, so I entrusted the care of my plants to his grandmother. One of the plants I sent to her house was the rose bush I've posted about a few times before. It had finally started to truly flourish and was full and bushy and was blooming profusely.
After we returned, my rose bush never came back to us, so I assumed that perhaps she had taken a liking to it, being such an avid rose gardener, and I was more or less okay with leaving it to her because well... roses are her thing.
I went out to my car today to find it sitting next to the water spigot looking PURELY HORRIBLE. I had imagined that it had been in some sort of magnificent rose heaven where it would be looked after just as well as the rest of her roses, but apparently she hadn't been doing anything other than the occasional watering, because it's COVERED in aphids so badly that they look like fruit fly maggots or something. I've literally never seen an aphid infestation that was so bad in my entire life.
At least fifty percent of the leaves are brown/yellow.
Is it even salvageable? If so, I'll go to the gardening center ASAP and buy some aphid killer and rose fertilizer.
My poor baby. I'm seriously heartbroken. =/
Edit: Thanks for the advice! I removed the blooms, sprayed, and will re-pot as soon as I get enough potting soil. (And I guess while I'm there I'll get some proper soil for my succulents, too!)