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What are they?

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 7:16 pm
by Guest
Hi, i moved into this house about a year and a half ago, and last spring, these little rose bushes poke out if a stump(cluster of rose bases, the landlord must have chopped em down with a lawnmower) so i had these little canes, as i recently learned they are called. They grew pretty well, and this year i notice what? little buds well, i was totally happy, and i saw small pink petals. i gave the first one to my mom(im 16, mom likes roses:) ) but anyways, once it opened, it turned white, which is exactly what is happening with the ones i left on the bush

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 9:33 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
Those are probably R. multiflora, or English hedge rose, which is an invasive species in much of the U.S. :cry: (Sorry to rain on your parade).

It has taken over much of the habitat of our native roses; it sounds like you like little wild roses, so maybe try one of these guys instead...

[url]https://www3.sympatico.ca/galetta/tables/nativeroses.html[/url]

If you are going to keep it anyway, prune off the spent flowers so the birds don't disperse the seed; a little like shoveling against the tide, but every little bit helps (I actually go into wild fields and rip big bushes out just for fun sometimes...)

Scott

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:57 am
by Guest
only one of the roses has the pink- to white flowers. the other has a pinky-purple flower( i know, i am grasping, don't wanna have to mess with these things if they arent good) with only like five petals, the other bush has the normal multi petal flower. do i at least have one desireable rose bush?

Posted: Sat Jun 12, 2004 2:44 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
Yes, happily the five petal, pinky purple sounds like R. virginiana, a wonderful native, so dig the rest out and cuddle that one!
:lol:
Scott