Thursday, June 12, 2014

wild roses

This used to be a forsythia. It got taken over by these wild roses. I look around the yard at the brook's edge and they are everywhere, blooming, blooming. I guess they're invasive, if roses can really be called invasive.  I remember once, years ago, pruning some of it - before blooming began - and I threw it toward the brook in an area where we tended to throw clippings. When June came, they bloomed. They were just cut branches, and they bloomed! I tell the truth.

That would be scary if it was anything but roses.


And right now, the air is sweet with them. So, I pruned some up-sticking canes from this big weed-bush and now it's nice and neat. Bloom on!

5 comments:

  1. Rosa multiflora is the common wild rose in New England. It's an invasive species from Japan introduced in 1886 as rootstock for cultivated roses. Then from 1930-1960 the US Soil Conservation Service encouraged its planting as "living fences" to prevent soil erosion. These roses are pretty much everywhere in the US now. I always look forward to their blossoming in June--there's no better rose fragrance!

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    1. From Japan! Thank you, Susan, for this information. Yes, it's the perfect rose fragrance - what everyone imagines as a rose scent.

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  2. oh, I do love roses! how nice!

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  3. Mulberries! How English that sounds. Do you go 'round the bushes? :D

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