Macro Monday #26

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Rosa rubiginosa (sweet briar) is a species of rose native to Europe and western Asia. It is a dense deciduous shrub 2–3 m high and across, with the stems bearing numerous hooked prickles. Also known as the Eglantine Rose, Sweet Briar can at first sight be mistaken for a Dog Rose. With similar flowers and foliage, the major difference between the two is that the Sweet Briar has leaves which give off a sweet apple scent, especially after rain or in humid conditions. Native to Britain, it is found in hedgerows in the south of England.

18 thoughts on “Macro Monday #26

    • A rose down the lane. I am considering planting these and fuchsias at the back of the house. Need to clear a LOT of weeds first though 😉

        • I think it has to do with the very fertile soil, the abundance of wild flowers in the hedgerows, the wind which blows the seeds, the warmth and the moisture! To be fair I haven’t really tackled the furthest part of the garden as it is the car park area with stone walls. Nettles, a clematis which I suspect is the Old Man’s Beard, brambles, bindweed and buttercups – the problem is on the other side of the fence it is completely wild!

  1. Stunning photos Jude. I remember the old fashioned briar roses from my nana’s garden. They seem to have lost favour these days for the myriad hybrids that are available.

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