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.

Happy Iris Day!

The 8th of May is Iris Day! Okay, okay, I know it’s already the 9th but it’s never too late to congratulate and say something nice. So happy Iris Day everyone!

Iris. © Shorena Ratiani Photography

This unique, tall flower produces nectar for insects and is celebrated for its distinctive beauty. With over 300 species, the Iris is an excellent feature in garden landscapes, with a variety of colors.

Iris. © Shorena Ratiani Photography

I was finding and photographing lovely Iris flowers for the last couple of weeks.
Here are some pictures of the first and last Iris flowers to bloom this year. I found blue, purple and white colors.

Nature is the best artist, isn’t it? More iris photos:

Did you know that an Iris flower has great spiritual meaning in different countries? It is a symbol of creativity, great power and good news ^^

Have a happy day, full of only good news 🙂

Shorena

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Lovely Lilac in Bloom!

The lilac is in bloom now and smells utterly divine. I do love it so much! The lilac season is one of my favorite things about spring – the most fragrant time of the year.

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Here are some photos of beautifully blooming purple and white lilacs
I found while walking in parks, woodland and even in flower markets.
It was very pleasant to be around lilac bushes because of their delicious scent – in fact I could smell them before I saw them!

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Have a look at more photos of spring time beauties.

Happy May day to you and may spring stick around!

Shorena

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All Things Red

Did you know that red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people living on the Earth?

Another interesting fact. Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world. 148 flags (from 192) include red (over 77% of all flags).

I like red as well – often use in my paintings and drawings.

My red flower and plant photo collection ❤️

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Poinsettia. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Red ivy. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Red rose bouquet. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Ivy love. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Red rose bouquet. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Poppies. ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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Red hibiscus (rosemallows, Shoeblackplant). ©Shorena Ratiani Photography
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If you are interested in more flower pictures, please check out my flower photography and nature collections.

Have a relaxing weekend,

Shorena

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