To A Wild Rose

sandandsun(9a FL)December 17, 2012

I think I've been reading about interest in species roses here in some forum threads. For those folk, and of course, everyone who may not have this link:

Happy Holidays!

Here is a link that might be useful: RogersRoses Wild Roses

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kentucky_rose zone 6

Also, To A Wild Rose is a name to a song/piano music by Edward MacDowell.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 6:17PM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

Thank you. I'd forgotten this site existed. I meant to go there and then forgot.
I've become very interested in species roses in the past few years. I've added a number to the garden.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 9:48AM
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kittymoonbeam

Do these roses have fragrance?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:30AM
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sandandsun(9a FL)

kittymoonbeam,

These roses aren't really in my realm. I discovered the site a while ago and found it interesting for different reasons - history, heritage, etc., for me. But there are folks who love species and some who do or might use them for hybridizing. I hoped other folks might find it helpful and enjoy it.

Now about that fragrance question: I'd wager that some definitely are. Sorry, I can't really be any help though.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 12:28PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Yes, Kitty, quite a few have fragrance - ranging from musk, through to citrus, myrrh, linseed and violets. Some have fragrant foliage such as the sweet briars and primula while some have a very strong old rose scent (R.webbiana and R.sancta). Some have peculiar but unique scents such as fedchenkoana and austrian copper. They are an interesting and varied bunch with something for everyone, ranging from graceful architecture, wonderfully diverse foliage to a stunning display of heps and autumn colouring. Many of them will grow in shadier places than usual, almost woodland edge, while they can be absolutely tiny to hugely massive. If I could only have one class of roses, wildlings would always be my choice.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 7:29PM
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kittymoonbeam

It sounds like your new wooded area would be perfect for wild roses. I saw a beautiful little area of wild roses in the local mountains in October but the flowers were gone by then and they were making an impressive crop of heps. They were as you said in the dappled light of trees along a dried out creek bed where there was sun because no trees were growing in the sandy bed of the creek. That's nice about them having a rich and diverse fragrance. All we have in the city are tame roses.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 8:17PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Yep, Kitty, I am sowing heps already. I like the idea of them growing up already in situ but there is always the cutting or even transplant options (although I have least success of all, actually moving roses which have been in place for more than 2 or 3 years).

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 3:05PM
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sandandsun(9a FL)

Thread link:

Here is a link that might be useful: R. abyssinica

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 1:13PM
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sandandsun(9a FL)

Thread link:

Here is a link that might be useful: Species Roses

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 1:16PM
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kittymoonbeam

That's a wonderful thing to sow rose seeds. I have a few little self sown roses that I am watching. I think they are from a pink mini I got that looked old fashioned to me. The other parent who knows because I have a mix of everything out there.

I hope you get a beautiful blooming wood full of wild roses.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 1:51PM
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