This week, I was inspired to make a simple wreath from the bright green, first year canes of wild roses (Rosa multiflora), which grow rampantly all over our property, an unwelcome, thorny invasive. The birds love the red 1/4″ hips and spread the seeds far and wide. Once the plant reaches maturity, it forms an impenetrable thicket, making it a favorite hideout of cottontail rabbits and small birds.
Remarkably, the young canes are relatively free of thorns, which apparently develop in the second year. I only encountered one small thorn as I wove this wreath, sitting in the sun on one of the warmer days this week. Measuring about six inches in diameter, I added a few privet berries (Ligustrum vulgare), another invasive (!) and a jute bow.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.
Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.