garden photography: wild roses

In May I’m looking for Wild flowers

(This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds.)

Dog Rose: (Rosa Canina) is a scrambling shrub, found in hedgerows, woodland edges, on sand dunes and grasslands. It is the most abundant of our native, wild roses, with sweet-scented pink or white flowers that appear in June and July


followed by glossy red egg-shaped hips in autumn. These are good for rose-hip syrup, or provide excellent bird food in winter.

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Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

51 thoughts on “garden photography: wild roses

  1. Are you telling me that you’ve made rosehip syrup? I do like wild roses. On the way back from church this morning (don’t laugh-it gets me out of the house) I spotted something yellow and interesting in the hedge
    I’ll go back with the camera later. Pending lunchtime here xx

    1. Don’t be daft 🙂 but I do remember it from when I was a child, didn’t actually like it, far too sweet. When you back home then?

      1. Czwartek-Thursday. Almost starting to think in Polish. That’s a bad sign isn’t it? Counting down the days. And to add insult to injury it’s now raining here. Meg still had sunshine at the botanic gardens in Lodz though. Hoping she’s successfully back on the train to Warsaw now xx

        1. Polish must be very difficult, not only the pronunciation but also the spelling and those additional characters. Don’t worry about the rain – you are not alone 😀

        2. It was a shower that cleared the air and it’s been glorious since. I went to photograph the yellow flowers but I’m not sure if they’re wild or have escaped someone’s garden. I’ll let you judge. Had a very pleasant neighbourhood camera shoot. Doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. And Meg successfully caught the Warsaw train and should be back in the bosom by now xx

        3. I’m quite fond of escapees 🙂
          Yes, I do hope Meg got back alright, her description of finding her apartment was quite traumatic!

        4. She did! Yes, bit of a nightmare. Are you shouting loudly for Andy in Madrid. My phone has limits but it likes sport xx

  2. Love the effect in the first photo Jude. The Dog rose looks much like our wild rose here. The colour of yours more vibrant though.

    1. Wild roses are lovely, these were quite a vibrant pink, but I have seen paler ones. Lovely scent too. These were in Scotland.

  3. Hadn’t thought of roses being wild we’re so hooked into the cultivated species. Nice there is a scent too … and all that vitamin C in those berries.

    1. I’m sure I used to see more hedgerows of wild roses when I was a child, so it was really lovely to find this hedgerow in Scotland.

      1. Yes we do, white or paler pink and I’d love to make rose hip syrup. I put hawthorn berries in the crab apple jelly last year!

    1. You don’t remember dog roses as a child? Or dog daisies which are those tall oxeye daisies? No idea why dog.

        1. There has to be a reason… strange how things we’ve known and said for years suddenly become quite odd. Just watching a nature program and they kept saying “keep your eyes peeled” I can’t think of anything worse than peeling my eyes!

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