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Every Rose Has a Thorn...

Posted by roseseek z 10, SoCal (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 3, 13 at 18:38

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



This post was edited by roseseek on Thu, Jan 3, 13 at 18:41

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RE: Every Rose Has a Thorn...

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 3, 13 at 19:17

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!

RE: Every Rose Has a Thorn...

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

RE: Every Rose Has a Thorn...

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

RE: Every Rose Has a Thorn...

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Jan 4, 13 at 13:40

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

RE: Every Rose Has a Thorn...

Yes, my Banksia is guilty!

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