Though not as prolific as years past, the Japanese Beetles have returned. And so begins the battle. My plan of attack is to put water in an old butter tub with a bit of dishsoap and then proceed to flick the little buggers into the tub. The soap keeps them from flying out and after a while they just drown. Cruel? Maybe but you should see what they do to the roses.
I've also seen some black spot on some of the roses but not much to do about that other than try to keep it from spreading. Be sure to check out the garden photo album for several new pictures.