Day 175: Rosa glauca

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Before we even approach the wonders of the plant family Rosaceae and its unexpected members (from apples and blackberries to geums and Alchemilla mollis), I’d like to take a moment to celebrate roses that don’t look typically, well...rosey. These tend to be the single flowered varieties, of which the wild, or dog rose Rosa canina is a prime example, but it’s the blue-leaved, red-stemmed Rosa glauca that’s really charmed me these past few weeks. Its habit is often graciously described as ‘arching’ – in reality, it’s a tad unruly, though pleasingly upright and requiring no support – and if a sometimes a little lanky this is nothing when set against the value of those flowers and that foliage. 

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