Rosa Canina, commonly known as the dog rose,is a one of the most widespread wild roses in Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia.
This climbing plant grows 3 to 16 feet tall, or sometimes even more as it can scramble higher on taller trees.
The name dog rose (bot. Rosa Canina) comes from the belief in the 18th century that it was effective in the treatment of rabid dogs. Another reason given is that the term ‘dog’ has a negative meaning, and as many people thought this plant was inferior to garden roses they called it a dog rose. I don’t really agree with this explanation – dog roses are as beautiful and as soft as garden roses.
The dog-rose is a deciduous shrub that has medicinal uses: the petals, rose hips and galls are astringent, diuretic, laxative, ophthalmic and a tonic. The syrup made from rose hips is taken internally for the treatment of colds, influenza, minor infectious diseases, scurvy, diarrhea and gastritis.
The Dog-rose usually grows up to three metres high. It can stretch that little bit taller with some help! Its sharp spines can grip onto a tree for support.
The dog-rose has oval leaves with jagged edges. The leaves have a sweet scent when rubbed.
Its white or pink flowers open out from June to July and have a light scent which is loved by bees, butterflies and other insects.
Red egg-shaped fruits grow from October to November. These are called ‘hips’. They are a very important food for birds during the winter and also often used for medicinal purposes.
Did you know that dog-rose hips have lots of vitamin C? They are used to make tea and syrup.
Here are my photos of white and pink dog rose flowers.
I created this digital artwork after reading a poem called ‘The Universal Mind’. It was written by my partner Mike Day who believes that each of us shapes the Universe through our actions and thoughts. I have tried to illustrate that belief in my artwork.
The Universal Mind
Every thought, Every action Are acts of Creation That cannot die Or be erased,
Their effect Can never be Reversed Or unmade.
Our thoughts And our dreams And all Our desires Are etched In the memory Of time.
Like footprints Fossilised, We leave A trail Behind.
Like stars We shine, Shooting sparks In the brilliance Of our Universal Mind,
Sending comets On journeys Without end.
Our universe Is mental.
We are The creators, The progenitors, The flame And the fuel.
Climbing plants are my favorites and the flowering ones are my favorites among favorites. Trumpet vines are flowering in Tbilisi right now and it makes me happy!
Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), also known as Trumpet Creeper, Cow Itch Vine or Hummingbird Vine, is a species of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae. It is native to the eastern US and naturalized in parts of the western US, as well as in Ontario, parts of Europe, and in Latin America.Growing to a height of 33 ft, it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden plant and a living fence.
The beautiful tubular flowers range in color from yellow to orange or red. Blooming occurs throughout the summer and into fall. Following its flowering, the trumpet vines produce attractive bean-like seedpods.
As its ‘nickname” – Hummingbird vine – shows the Trumpet vine flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds, and many types of birds like to nest in the dense foliage.
Trumpet creeper flowers are irresistible to butterflies as well, and many gardeners grow the vine to attract them.
The Trumpet vine grows vigorously so gardeners need to keep it under control by pruning otherwise the vines will cover everything and climb and cover trellises, walls, arbors and fences. I wouldn’t actually mind Trumpet vines invading my garden but I would need to have much more space 😄😄
Like the daffodil, Trumpet vines symbolize new beginnings.
Here are my photos of lovely bright Trumpet vine flowers. Enjoy!