Every Rose Has a Thorn...

roseseekJanuary 3, 2013

Or, at least some prickles. While wrapping some cuttings a little while ago, in preparation for a propagation demo for South Coast Rose Society on the 17th, I grabbed a cane from the Double White Banksiae out back. It bit me! I've found prickles on it before and thought this might make an interesting example of how even the most "prickle free" roses sometimes bite. It just isn't the nature of a rose NOT to have prickles. When one arises, it's the anomaly, not its real Nature. I believe this gives some credence to the thought our prickle free forms of Banksiae are likely ancient selections. Kim

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seil zone 6b MI

Yep! I have found an occasional very small thorn on Reine des Violettes too. Usually right at the top near a bloom.

Some people are always grumbling that Roses have thorns,
I am thankful that thorns have Roses! - ALPHONSE KARR

One of my favorite sayings!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:17PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Oh, prickles on canes are OK - it's the sneaky ones on the leaf rachis that enrage (and snag) me.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 12:22PM
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julia034

Its only them saying hello and wanting attention. Some are attention hogs aka New dawn!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 1:23PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Oh, I agree, Camp. The ones on the leaves always get me!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 1:40PM
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lou_texas(8a N Central TX)

Yes, my Banksia is guilty!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 3:33PM
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