that the locusts really do prefer grass, then! Sounds like they're coming around just in time to lessen the fire danger.
Our wild roses look very similar to your roseromantic single variety! As far as Bonica goes, I've sorta given up on roses (except the wild natives)... I've had my heart broken too many times.
Think that milk and water trick would work for mildew on phlox, or would that be a different kind of mildew?