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Green Fly


Of every single garden pest, I think I hate the greenfly best. My hate for him is stern &strong; I’ve hated him both loud & long.Since first I met him in the spring I’ve hated him like anything.
There was one greenfly, I recall; I hated him the most of all.He sat upon my finest rose,& put his finger to his nose. Then sneered,& turned away his head to bite my rose of royal red.
Next day I noticed with alarm, that he had started out to charm a lady fly, as green in hue as all the grass that ever grew. He wooed , he won; she named the night -& gave my rose another bite.
Ye gods quoth I, if this goes on. Before another week has gone,these two will propagate their kind, until,one morning I shall find a million greenfly on my roses, all with their fingers to their noses.
I made a fire,I stoked it hot with all the rubbish I had got;I picked the rose of royal red which should have been their bridal bed;& on the day they twain were mated,They also were incinerated.

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i like it

15 Jun, 2013


Thats very good Fever and so descriptive I could picture the flies choking on the smoke, lol.....

15 Jun, 2013


LOL ! .......... :D

16 Jun, 2013


I doused them in garlic infused water.
My roses ( & other plants) remained intact.
Many thanks to a gardener from the 70's, who planted garlic alongside his roses & who inspired me to create garlic water! ;-)

9 Sep, 2013

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