Saturday, 19 June 2010

She is here!




I suppose we all of us have our favourite flower. In February it is the snowdrop for me and in March and April all the tulips. Buttercups take a lot of beating too. But of all the flowers I see there is one which stands above all others and its arrival on the Summer scene is a case for rejoicing.


Rosa Canina - the dog rose - is a simple flower, nothing complicated, just a few petals and a centre of deep golden stamens. She rambles far and wide if left to her own devices, covering hedges, climbing trees, sending briars out into the field to root. The farmer knows my love of the wild rose and always leaves plenty around in the hedgerow for me to see. She can vary between almost white and deep pink. My favourite is the deep pink and today I saw my first one this year in our fields.


Here she is for you to see. Isn't she beautiful?

16 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

Yes Weavo, She is most pleasng.We have the very same thing (not yet out though ) in our demesne.As beautiful as she is brief.Torn to shreds within a week by hurricanes from the mad Irish Sea.

My dearest sweetheart here is the honeysuckle that I have saved from the perfidiuos clutches of greenfly for the last few years.When, in full bloom, so voluptuous and sweet, she breaks my heart.

Jenn Jilks said...

She is!!!! You are good motivator to write poetry. I hve been preoccupied...thank you!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, I want a dress that colour.

Gwei Mui said...

I miss such sights - living in the smoke, you don't see so much "wildlife". Those roses remind me of my childhood in west yorkshire.

Heather said...

She is indeed Pat and thankyou for sharing her with us. There is a spray of them growing up through our neighbours' conifer hedge, and although I hate the hedge I love to see the roses. I love all the vetches with their pretty little pea-type flowers.

maggi21 said...

A friend of mine had a deep pink one which had the most beautiful fragrance. Unfortunately she moved to France before I could get a cutting.

Titus said...

Yes, she is Weaver. Such a delicate flower, such a robust plant. Lovely.

Poet in Residence said...

Pat,
I'm always happy when I see such a flower.

ps- I was in Yorks (Dent) one day last week. A wonderful spot. The view, in the midday sunshine, from the fellside above Flintgill is heartbreakingly beautiful.

I didn't see any knitters though!
best,
Gwilym

Bonnie said...

She is lovely. As are you.

Leenie said...

Roses in whatever form are lovely. The ones in the wild without a lot of tending have a special spot in my heart. They bloom just because they can. Your pink friends are lovely.

The Weaver of Grass said...

TFE - ah! honeysuckle - even the word is beautiful. Our wild one in the pasture is out this morning, or so the farmer tells me, so shall be off to take a photo shortly - and to smell its blossom.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Jenn - thanks for visiting.

Pamela - I had not thought of that but i would like one too.

GM - childhood in west Yorkshire - whereabouts?

Heather - vetch seems to have done very well this year - I love the way it scrambles through everything in its path to reach the sun.

Maggi - there is an old fashioned climbing rose called American Pillar which is just like a wild rose - I wonder if that is what you mean.

Titus - like the use of robust and delicate in the same sentence - perfect description of a wild rose.

Poet - you should have let me know you were there, maybe we could have met for lunch - or is it better to travel hopefully than to arrive?

Bonnie and Leenie - thanks for visiting - glad you like the rose too.

Poet in Residence said...

"is it better to travel hopefully..."

We were on our way from Northumberland to Cheshire aiming to go via Grange over Sands or maybe Silverdale or Arnside - or simply somehwere on Morecambe Bay - but the weather was so lovely we pulled in at Dent. I'm glad we did because the next morning after a walk along an ancient track on the fellside and then the pathway along the magical Dentdale river where the water keeps doing its disappearing tricks down the sink holes we drove over Ribblehead way to Morecambe itself and there visited my favourite aunt. It was all in aid of my mum's 90th birthday. And the best thing was, she had a lovely time.

Kayla coo said...

It's a good year for roses.
I saw lots of dog roses on our walk today.x

Gwei Mui said...

Hi Weaver, nr Mixenden

ChrisJ said...

Yes she is most certainly beautiful. My favorite flowers are all the ones we left behind in England especially the lowly daisies and buttercups not forgetting snowdrops. But I must say my Jacaranda tree is surpassing expectations this year.