Dog Rose facts and photos

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.

The Universal Mind

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’. Illustration by Shorena Ratiani

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.

Remember this,

You came
From me,

And I came
From you.

By Mike Day

Beautiful orange: blooming trumpet flowers

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 flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

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.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

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.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

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.

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

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 😄😄

Trumpet flowers. Photography by Shorena Ratiani

Like the daffodil, Trumpet vines symbolize new beginnings.

Here are my photos of lovely bright Trumpet vine flowers. Enjoy!