There are very few things in life that I hate. Thrips are one. Grammatically that can't be correct but I hate them so much I don't care.
Thrips are tiny insects that are attracted to roses. They set up house in the buds and flowers causing them to brown and not open. I find that they tend to affect my pink and lightly colored roses most. Above you see the promising flowers of St. Swithun ruined by them. They are about the only thing I am willing to bring the sprayer out for. They snuck in on me sometime over Easter, while I had my back turned. The worst thing is that everythings looks great, plants are healthy, buds are growing, then brown.