Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A wild rose

There are lots of these roses around the edges of the vineyard. I don't know what they really are, but I call them wild roses because they live in the wild. No one tends them. They're very simple flowers, but the stems are covered in thorns as most roses are.

A not so perfect specimen, but I like it anyway.

The days are resembling one another. Warm afternoons, some clouds, no rain. The mornings are chilly or they're not, depending on the day. The news programs talk about a serious drought, as they have for the past several years. Some years are worse than others. They're saying this year looks like a bad year.


  1. It certainly is starting to look like a drought year for you guys. Nice to enjoy but problematic in so many ways. Perhaps the weather pattern will shift soon and you'll get some rain.

  2. In French, these wild roses are called "églantines."

  3. Dog rose, or Rosa rugosa in the correct terminology.

  4. It's Dog Rose Rosa canina. R. rugosa is a Japanese species widely used in gardens and public plantings, very vigorous and thorny stemmed, usually with very strong pink flowers, or white sometimes. Strictly speaking, Eglantine is R. rubiginosa aka Sweet Briar. Dog Rose and Sweet Briar / Eglantine are both native to this area.

  5. I stand corrected: Rosa canina...

  6. Around the SE USA we have the Cherokee rose, laevigata, <> from Wiki.
    This type of rose can be a bothersome weed- serves us right, I suppose.

  7. Hello:
    We think that others have correctly identified your rose so we will not add to the confusion - or lack of it! Whatever, it is very pretty and we love the romantic notion of roses growing wild in hedgerows, pollinated by bees.

    We are enjoying very sunny, lovely warm days here in Brighton returning to Budapest next week where, unusually, it has been much cooler than is usual.

    France we love, therefore we love your blog [on the basis of I think, therefore I am!].

  8. Walt,

    I LOVE wild roses! They smell the best! I am lucky that I have some growing in my backyard. I wish I could post the aroma to my blog.

  9. Reminds me of my grandmother's home. Long ago. I don't see many of these any more.

  10. Lovely aren't they? We have them along the lane [more of an asphalted track] that leads to our 'lieu dit'.
    David Austin roses [www.davidaustinroses.com] is a great site to find out about all kinds -- wild, or bred; and buy if you're interested ;-). Just click on the tab 'about roses'.

  11. The thing to keep in mind when discussing the weather, is that most of the time, they're just guessing, so of course, sometimes they'll be right.

  12. Thanks to everyone for the identification info. I did some looking up and learned a lot!

    I think I've posted this flower before and learned what it was, but I forgot. We'll see if I can remember next year!

    Although, there is a little mnemonic device I can use: My neighbor's granddaughter's name is Eglantine...

    And Michael: Yikes!


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