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Random Roses

June 4, 2010
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When I was young, and thought botany was simple, I was confident that this was Dog Rose (Rosa canina). Then I (briefly) went to university and was told, in the course of a botany lecture, that many wild roses are actually hybrids, and the nomenclature is a mess. Still, if anyone asks, I'll call it a Dog Rose.

You’d think now that we’ve moved on to June and I’m back to working my regular 8 hours, five days a week (instead of 9.5, and Saturday mornings), I’d have time to write some of those other posts I’ve planned. But no – now I come home every day with mile-long to-do lists, trying and trying and trying to catch up with everything I couldn’t do in May.

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Still, I like June more than I like May, and not only because there’s less work. Not entirely sure why, although I think it’s in part because this month still holds the memory of finishing school for what I thought was forever, of slipping out of the back door that one last time into the warm air heavy with the smell of elderflowers and walking away, for the last time…

Rosa "ihavenoideaensis"

It’s funny how what’s stuck in my mind is not the exams that June has brought again and again, but that moment, the door falling shut behind me as I strode out into the little patch of lawn and trees behind the school, sad that it should end so quietly, so unceremoniously, but glad to be free… and sitting together at the end of vocational school, talking, joking, until we drifted apart…

Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa) - the municipal gardeners (if they can be called gardeners*) seem to be fond of those, they are all over the place along the roads.

Another thing I like about June is how the roadside hedges look – the Elders (Sambucus nigra) and Firethorns (Pyracantha coccinea) all blooming, filling the air with their scent, and dog roses poking out flower-covered branches from the tangle of other shrubs.

An older picture, from our garden (when we still had one):

Dog Rose (Rosa canina) and Common Elder (Sambucus nigra)

And now I really need to get off the computer and pack up the plants I want to try and sell tomorrow.

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* I know it’s not their fault, they’re probably just doing what the town council tells them, and the town council probably cares more about saving money than about proper gardening, but still – dumping half a foot of bark mulch on the flower beds is just no substitute for regular weeding – I’m so sick of seeing all those beds choked by thistles and bindweed. And let’s not even talk about how they prune those roses.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 04:23

    I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes at this but Rosa multiflora is a noxious weed on the east coast of the US. Fortunately for me, it can’t survive the winters in the part of the country I live in. When I lived in PA entire forests were carpeted in multiflora rose.

    • June 9, 2010 07:10

      Just confirms my guess that everything is a noxious weed in the US. 😉 And makes me, once again, glad to be living where I do.

      • June 11, 2010 04:36

        When your country is as obnoxiously large as the US that gives you a lot of space for things to become weeds!

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