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!


  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!

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

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

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