Wild roses herald the beginning of summer. Some years, when we have abundant rainfall, they are prolific and beautiful. Of all the wildflowers that bloom here, the wild roses seem magical and lift my spirits.
In drier years they don't put on quite as magnificent a show, but they are still beautiful.
This patch of double wild roses was removed from its fenceline when a nearby home was sold last year. The new owners replaced the barbed wire fence and cleaned out the underbrush, including the wild roses.
We have a patch of pale pink wild roses growing way out in the far corner of our place where the seasonal creek runs. Ours are just now beginning to bloom, but as I drive to town I pass several large roadside patches of the brighter, double roses that have been blooming for awhile.
My wild roses are single blossoms, while the brighter pink ones are fuller.
The wild roses bloom briefly, then disappear until next year, from the middle of May until early June, right around Memorial Day.
Roses can be used in luxurious homemade skin care products such as toner, lotion and body cream, and to make infused honey and even tea. Gather wild blooms or petals from rosebushes that you know haven't been sprayed with herbicides, pesticides or other chemicals. This post from Wild Foods and Medicines has several lovely recipes you might want to try.
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