They're full of holes.
Japanese Beetles have found them, and they're completely decimating the plant. The leaves, the buds, the flowers themselves. They're treating it as a free buffet, and it's driving me nuts. I have to go get some spray for them. I hate poisons, but this plant is far too important to me to mess around.
At least I don't have roses, right?
To me this means that the moles that destroy our lawn aren't doing their jobs. Moles eat Japanese Beetle grubs, it's one of their favorite delicacies, and one would think that given how many tunnels we currently have in our lawn that the mole population would be enormous. Apparently not. In my opinion the robins aren't doing their jobs either. Asshat fauna.
So I guess it's off to the Depot to get myself some godawful spray. I'm not sure what else to do. A friend let me know that the traps don't really work because they'll actually attract them, like they're supposed to, but that before they hit the trap they'll hit the plants. Lovely.
I wish that I had thought of this prior, but last year we didn't have this problem, so how was I to know? It not like I'm used to these fuckers being in the yard. They don't even munch on our wild roses in the side yard.
So cross your fingers that I can kill these bitches before the last flower blooms. I really want to show you how very awesome these are, as I've never seen Hibiscus so giant outside of photos of the islands.
Thanks, and have a happy Saturday.