WEEKLY PIC: SEPTEMBER10 WEEK4

The arboritum with Rosa laevigata

The plant of the week is definitely Rosa laevigata, the Cherokee Rose, known locally, rather confusingly, as the Dog Rose. Just to the right of a young Cedar of Lebanon in the centre of the above picture it is trying to outgrow, of all things, a Sequoia sempervirens, the tallest tree in the world which marks the highest point of our arboretum.

Dad in the arboritum

Here my father, on his first visit to Sequoia as a house guest and not as the host, stands next to this precocious rose. It is a Chinese rose which likes warm climates (which ours is) but doesn’t flower too well in a frosty climate. (Someone neglected to tell our roses.) It is evergreen with very bright green foliage and flowers in early spring. Grown as a bush it soon makes a huge rounded shrub, easily 3m across and high, building on a dense base of extremely prickly dead branches. Impenetrable and unremovable. Given the opportunity it becomes a scrambling climber up to 10m. Ten meters? Obviously this rose which found the sequoia doesn’t read. There are about 5 bushes in a row, forming at this season a wall of pure white single flowers on a solidly green background; a particularly clean composition.

Rosa laevigata

We have some years brought into the house, with great care, a three meter wand and the  large and gorgeous flowers opened consecutively over several days, six or eight flowers displaying at a time. Truly impressive. Perhaps I should  fetch one again tomorrow…

Rosa laevigata close-up

 

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One thought on “WEEKLY PIC: SEPTEMBER10 WEEK4

  1. The tapestry of colors in the first photo creates an atmosphere of pure magic. The Cherokee rose is stunning. Its size gives it a wonderful presence, that’s for sure, and lends a sense of romance and history to the entire space.

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