Tuesday 11 June 2024

Rounding the Year: The Brief Flowering of Wild Roses

Early June is the brief flowering time for wild roses, and they are blooming in my garden at the moment. I photographed the one above at the weekend.

The wild rose, or dog rose, has just five pale pink or white petals. It was the basis for stylised roses of medieval European heraldry. The origins and meaning of its name are unclear - although in the 18th century dog roses were used to treat the bites of rabid dogs. I can't imagine it was successful. Another name for the dog rose is witches' briar.

Symbolically, all roses represent love, but Margaret Pickston in her book Language of Flowers says the dog rose symbolises love's pleasures and pain. It has lovely flowers, but sharp, barbed thorns.

Share your seasonal photos!

I'm inviting people to share seasonal pictures, art, crafts, words and other creativity. I'll continue this over the months ahead. I'd love to encourage readers to record what's happening in nature in various ways including photographs, journalling, drawing or painting and crafting.

Here are ways to share the things you're doing or what you see out and about as the wheel turns:

  • Leave a comment on this post about what you're up to
  • Find my prompts to share on my Facebook Page: Lucya Starza Pagan Portals Author
  • Share on Instagram or X (formerly Twitter) with the tag #RoundingtheYear

Where to find my book

My book Pagan Portals - Rounding the Wheel of the Year offers more ways to acknowledge and celebrate the seasons in ritual, magic, folklore and nature. You can view the book on Amazon and find it at estoeric bookshops or via my publisher Moon Books: https://www.collectiveinkbooks.com/moon-books/our-books/pagan-portals-rounding-wheel-year

(Please note: I earn commission from some links.)

Previous related posts

No comments: