Dealing with a not-so- honest businessman and his company in another state, I was on guard and emotionally closed up like this bud on this antique rose.
Later in the day, after dealing with more "challenges", but working with people who had ethics and good manners, I felt like the second photo. Still had the defensive prickles, but much more willing to give my fragrance (talent) and openly share my "areas that could benefit from improvement". Trying not to say "flaws".
This Burr Rose, also known as Chestnut Rose, also known as Chinquapin Rose is documented in the interior of China in the early 1800's. Early documents show the specimen as reaching England by 1820. It must have reached America not many years after that.
Here is what the Antique Rose Emporium says about this quite unique (and very prickly) antique rose.
I love this antique rose bush, but I should warn it is prickly!
Our Burr Rose plant comes from Mrs. Ruby Hemphill, the inspiring artist, rose grower, and mother of friend Jamie Middleton. We were so honored to receive a start from Miss Ruby before she died.
I believe the original rose bush has since died at Miss Ruby's home, and we have pegged some branches of our rose bush to root to give starts to Miss Jamie and her daughters. Sure, they could buy a plant, but a descendant plant from their grandmother's original rose bush would mean so much more, I think.
I can just imagine how many starts of this rose Miss Ruby gave to friends and family, and I want her gift to me to keep giving by sharing starts of this rose in her name.
Friendship Gardening is so rewarding!