I think I have discovered why Frederic Mistral hasn't bloomed at all this year. Careful watering, occasional fertilizing all year hasn't made a difference - the plant that was so generous with flowers last summer has barely even put on any fresh growth. He doesn't look particularly sick, but all the new bud nodes just seem to peter out into nothing..
I tipped him out of his pot, and there were ants everywhere! A whole colony seems to have set up shop - eggs tunnels the works.. grr.
I've heard soaking the pot can help kill off the ants, so he is currently sitting in a giant sized water filled garbage bag in a larger pot. The laundry trough isnt large enough, and I'm pretty sure my flatmate wouldn't appreciate me using the bath, hehe
I was going to leave him there for a few hours..I just hope I dont drown him along with the ants..
Has anyone else tried this method? I tried it it once with a tomato plant, with limited success..but then again, being an annual, it only had a limited time in which to recover anyway..
I'm so annoyed with myself that I didn't think to check earlier. I just put it down to the weird weather we have had this season- a lot of my roses haven't done as well as they did last year.