Jekyll's or munching new shoots on your Icebergs. Roses are a favourite of deer, so more than likely and certainly in village gardens in the UK the culprit will almost certainly be them.
Here in North Hampshire there are three types of deer Roe, Fallow and the little Muntjac all of which are found in abounding numbers and will usually pay you a visit under cover of darkness.
I have heard of gardeners trying all sorts of extensive measures to keep the deer out. High fencing is an effective option. However Deer are cunning and they will soon realize if there is a hole or a gate left open. Electric fencing is another remedy but it is not always practical. There are also numerous liquid repellants on the market which need to be regularly reapplied and in my humble opinion are not that effective.
So let me tell you what works for me. To start with I use my CD on a stick trick. Simply attach an unwanted CD to a piece of string and hang it from a stick (see photo ) then place the stick on the border or by the roses you want to protect, making sure the CD can swing and turn freely. This certainly does the trick in the short term, a few weeks or so, and should work from day one and costs virtually nothing. It doesn't matter what is on the CD, you won't see the deer doing air guitar or an exercise workout, but it seems the rainbow shimmering reflection is want they don't like. The drawbacks are that they will get used to them after a while and they look a little bit unsightly.
Most people have a hosepipe and an outside tap these days and it's simple to connect it up. Placed near the roses you want to protect, deer soon find out that it's not much fun being around this gadget when they get squirted and stop visiting your plants.
I have included some of the Jet spray repellers that are available from Amazon below
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