I have a Bonica rose bush outside the front door of a townhouse in Saanich, and it does well other than losing most of the buds now and then [not a disease, they are just nipped off]. I have had lots of deer around, but my new method of control for them is spraying the shrubs they like with urine, from a spray bottle. So far it has completely prevented their eating hydrangea and other items... I thought they were also getting the rosebuds, but now I am not sure it is deer, as I saw no hoof-prints whatsoever and I believe one would have had to put at least one foot on the ground off the concrete pathway to reach the bush [the bush is quite close to the front door, along a pathway but with enough earth in front of the rose to see any hoof-marks, which I usually see when deer have nibbled]. It could be deer, as I had not sprayed for a few days, and there is not much surface to spray on buds and small rose leaves... but is there a bird which likes rosebuds, or rabbits [but the buds were on stems seemingly too tall for most rabbits]...?