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Sep 22, 2019 8:35 PM CST
Thread OP
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
There has been a pretty consistent thread on here regarding thornless roses. Now it is time for the opposite! Show us your thorniest roses! The ones that really get you!

I have had roses get tangled up in my hair (that was fun), attack my sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.

I will start with the roses that were supposed to be thornless or nearly thornless???? Not the world's greatest pictures but I was getting tangled up trying to take them!

Brother Cadfael--the older he gets, the thornier he gets
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Flamingo Dancer--supposed to be thornless or nearly thornless---not so much but a lovely rose nonetheless
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Candice--no idea how her thorns were going to be--they can be vicious!
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Still need to get pictures of Munstead but have not had time to do that this weekend.

The thorniest is not a rose at all. My Yuzu tree. Those suckers are a good three inches long and as sharp as can be. Again not the best pictures but you get the general idea.
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I also have a visitor. Just a baby. Loves to hide in my roses. Mama is always close by when not out hunting for food/bugs, etc. No thorns on that one!
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Sep 22, 2019 9:16 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
I love the baby (dove?). I had three ancient robins who
walked (mostly walked) around in my rose bushes during
the first part of the summer. I kept the carved-out rock
filled with water for them. They scooted along in front of
me as I walked down the path of the garden, trying to get
out of my way or just hoping that I would leave.

They were all in their dotage. I don't see them these days.
I was just happy that they had the safe confines of the
garden to hang out in.
Sep 22, 2019 10:01 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Oh no, I just exchanged Treasure Trail for Brother Cadfael because I thought I read it's not as thorny.
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Sep 23, 2019 12:21 AM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Mustbnuts - Yikes! Those are thorny roses...and yeah, getting your hair stuck/wrapped around thorns...been there, done that, got the t-shirt...probably most of us have. Hilarious! That Flamenco Dancer looks dangerous! animals are so vulnerable.

David - awwww Smiling
Sep 23, 2019 9:38 AM CST
Thread OP
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Yes, David, it is a Mourning Dove. I think this is the sixth or seventh generation in my yard (over the course of years, not in one single year).
Sep 23, 2019 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Level 1
MBN ... I kind of laughed to myself when I saw the title to this thread. Not because sharing photos of thorns is not a worthy topic, but because roses always manage to surprise me.

When I volunteered at the San Jose Heritage Rose garden one of the surprises was that I found several roses that were totally without any thorns on one side of the cane and had vicious thorns on the other side of the same cane.

How did that happen ? I don't know ... Smiling

Roses simply do not always follow the rules ... Smiling
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Sep 23, 2019 3:22 PM CST
Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
My two thorniest: Fragrant Memory, and Rose de Rescht:
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Very sharp prickles and thorns! Fragrant Memory (Jadis) has wonderful fragrance, though, and it really pumps out the blossoms:
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Sep 23, 2019 7:57 PM CST
Thread OP
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Yikes, Rosemary! Those look vicious!
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Sep 24, 2019 1:33 AM CST
Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Those arent that bad I can still see bare can.

Ive been desensitized from scotch and rugosa types although the Alexander and descendants (livin easy) are pretty nuts for thorns too
Sep 24, 2019 6:15 AM CST
Thread OP
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Protoavis, so true, so true! I just don't grow any of those types of roses, unfortunately. Don't think they would do well in my yard. Ah, if I had a bit more space.....and shade.......I was looking up the Scottish type the other day and learning about them. I had not heard the term rosa pimpinellifolia before and was on a New Zealand rose nursery website. Had to learn what they were talking about. Beautiful sweet roses. Thorns are something else. I am sure if a picture was posted people would freak out and say the rose had RRD. Love the purple hips in the picture I saw.

Just a FYI and a warning, the thorns on Dame Judi Dench are something else! Long and hooked!
Sep 25, 2019 1:39 AM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Gorgeous Jadis!!! I want mine to grow up to be like that. Lovey dubby
Sep 25, 2019 6:30 PM CST
Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
Carol, it would take a huge pot! Right now it's over 6 ft. tall and wide in some places!

Here's some scary thorns where I volunteer:

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The first is Blastoff and the second the climber Westerland. I was super concerned because some of the canes are practically thornless or are minimally thorny on Blastoff, thinking it might be RRD, but was told it was not ; I wouldn't want to fall into these!
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Sep 25, 2019 9:31 PM CST
Thread OP
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Rosemary, those thorns are nasty! I hope you never fall into them either!
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