Thursday, July 7, 2011

My favorite plant at the Research Park is in bloom,
The Red-leaf Rose, Rosa glauca, it only blooms once
but the foliage is great in arrangements and it produces
lovely rose hips. I finally planted one in the back yard
this year.

This rose is a favorite target of Diplolepis rosae,
the mossyrose gall wasp. These galls are sometimes
attacked by other wasps who replace the original larva.
I have also seen a downy woodpecker happily ripping
them open in the winter. "It's the hard-knock life!"
There is a great discussion on this wasp at

"Some things that fly there be --
Birds -- Hours -- the Bumblebee --
Of these no Elegy."

                                            Emily Dickinson


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