Friday, 18 November 2011

Dog Roses

A Dog Rose in November

"Unkempt about those hedges blows
An English unofficial rose;''

Rupert Brooke
The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

I love Dog Roses but they always seem to come into flower in those few weeks in June when we get high winds and slashing rain.  As soon as they appear their delicate petals are whipped away.  I found this hardy specimen on a walk in early November on the hills around Ashdown Copse.
On some wonderfully sunny walks in October on Sidbury Hill I saw masses of rose hips.  Must remember to come back in early summer to see the roses.

Rose hips in October
Some of the hips had split to disperse the seeds.

Just look at that sky