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Pasture Rose, Prairie Rose, Wild Rose, Dog Rose, Eglantine, Sweetbriar, and Scotch Briar are just a few of the very common names for wild roses.

This enormous “rose” is one of them and is growing into a large cedar tree on edge of the forest by OH shop.

I am judging by the 8’tall arbor OH built for it (ha ha) it is about 30 feet up the tree. The very top of the arbor is visible at the bottom of the picture.

I like to believe that it was planted by original owners who came to live here from England as it is more common wild rose there than here on Vancouver Island. So probably about 50 years old.
I have seen few shrub wild roses on the island bur not the climbing ones.

A pretty, simple flowers of wild climbing rose

Rose hips are pretty too . It is covered with them in fall.

Right next to it is another monster plant which I call Himalyaen musk rose ( rosa brunonii). Probably planted in the same time . Pretty in its own way.

It is not as floriferous but nevertheless as tall.

Hummingbirds are not interested in roses. They are sugar junkies but not as much in the summer.

This is a female Anna’s ….cute but not very colourful, They have a shiny greenish back.

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Single roses I think have a beautiful simplicity. Love those red hips.

10 Jul, 2022


Beautiful blog, Klahanie! Thank you for sharing your info and those roses - so pretty. The second pic of the climbing rose - so clear and very charming indeed!
Last pic - a darling little bird!

10 Jul, 2022


Siris, I agree with you on beautiful simplicity of this rose.
I use the rose hips in Christmas decorations.
Kate, always a pleasure to read your notes. Thank you.

10 Jul, 2022


Gorgeous close up pics of the roses & the little bird. That rambler has certainly taken off!

11 Jul, 2022


Wonderful to have roses of that age, Klahanie, and the space to let them grow and spread. I expect these more simple plants suit your space well. They are my faves too. And I envy you the little hummingbird whatever its colour!

11 Jul, 2022


Wild Rose and Dog Rose is what I know that as, we used to have a lot of those around here until the farmers dug out the hedges, they learnt their lesson and reintroduced the hedgerows but sadly the roses weren't amongst the mixtures, there are some along what we call the Dead Line, an old railway track we sometimes walk our dogs along so not all are lost....
I am with everyone and agree they are pretty and love your little bird.....

11 Jul, 2022


Lovely to see the rose scrambling up the trees! 👍😀 Do you make jam with the hips? They are supposed to be very rich in vitamin C.

11 Jul, 2022


Thank you very much for your thoughts and comments.
I am glad that they reintroduced the hedgerows in your area Lincslass even if they miss wild roses.
Balcony my mother used to make jam from rose hips. I don't. As small kids we actually squeezed the jam out of them and licked. Happy good old days :-)

12 Jul, 2022


Klahanie during the shortages in WW2 children were paid a tiny amount to gather rose hips from which vit c was extracted. We used to be given rosehip syrup as kids, for the vit.c. You have a very impressive display - they really seem to love it where you are!
Gosh Balcony I never heard of anyone dong htat - we used to warned off because of the tiny hairs in the juice that need straining out before m!consumption! Did your Mum hang up the cooked berries in a muslin bag to drip out the juice?

12 Jul, 2022


Sorry Stera, I think there has been a little misunderstanding here! I didn't say anything about my mum making jam from rose hips! Klahanie was replying to me when she mentioned HER mother used to make jam from them!

I don't ever remember my mum having done that - there wouldn't have been enough roses around our little corner of London when I was a boy to do that! I have never tried rose hip jam either.

13 Jul, 2022


Yes my mother used to make a rose hips jam. I do not remember how she did that but can only imagine the long and tedious process. I do remember that it tasted good.
I am now buying a rose-hip tea. It is readily available everywhere.

Thank you Stera and Balcony.

14 Jul, 2022


Oops, sorry - hope you both see this! Did I say kids collected them for jam? I think they were collected at some central point and made into rose hip syrup. I was very young at the time, too small to be involved with any collection. I do remember that if Mum did use any for anything they had to be strained through a muslin bag like you do for bramble jelly to strain out tiny irritating hairs before you could use them. Rose hip syrup is very high in vit C and was recommended for children during wartime.
Not heard of rose hip tea - will look out for it!

Balc, it wasn't garden hips they collected but wild ones. The folk we knew wouldn't have garden space for a lot of roses!

14 Jul, 2022

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