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.

Time is of the essence

Time flies by so fast. It’s never enough to make everything we want to make.

Instead, we waste it in doing things which don’t really have importance.

If we had limitless amounts of time how would we spend it? Would we care about time-wasting? Would we still create deadlines? How would limitless time change our life preferences?

‘Time is of the essence’ is the name of my acrylic painting – time flows like rivulets of rainwater on glass.

Shorena Ratiani Art
Title: ‘Time is of the essesnce’
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Dimensions: 30 X 43 cm (12″ X 17″)

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Shorena

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Quince Blossom Photography

I was photographing beautiful blooming quince trees last week – I’m in love with these lovely pale pink and white blossoms!

Here are more than 20 photos of blooming quince.

Have a sunny spring day,

Shorena

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Odette

This is my soft and pink bird-keeper fairy Odette, chalk pastel drawing 😉

'Odette'. Drawing by Shorena Ratiani. Chalk pastel on paper.
‘Odette’ by Shorena Ratiani

Shorena Ratiani Art
Title: Odette
Medium: Chalk pastel on paper
Dimensions: 50 X 70 cm (20″ X 28″)

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I hope you found something interesting while you were here. Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions! My contact information can be found on my ‘Keep in Touch’ page.

Come back soon and bring your friends here by sharing.

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Shorena

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Cherry blossom time

Cherry blossom time is the most beautiful time of the year when trees come out of hibernation by putting up a show for us.

Cherry blossoms were in full bloom when I went for photo walk to capture them.

© Shorena Ratiani Photography

The beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom right now, but you may not have much time left to see them. Petals has started falling and leaves -forming already. The weather is beautiful and it’s time to go outside!

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More photos of beautiful pink flowers:

Have a great Saturday,

Shorena

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