I finally decided to take action and do something about the nasty aphids covering my rose and the more recent fungus that has caused mildew (a white powdery dust) on the leaves.  Although there are home made remedies, I made an impulse purchase at Lowes today and got a chemical insecticide and fungicide for roses.  These are the most common problems one can face with growing roses.  I’ve never been good at keeping roses alive, but hopefully with more research I’ll do well with this plant.  I will be starting the medication tomorrow.  I’ll keep posting updates!

PS. I feel the same way about Aphids as I do the Honey Badger!