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The Wild Rose, also known as Dog Rose, is typically found in hedges, as we have here. It produces a mass of short lived white flowers that blossom in some random pattern so flowering lasts a couple of weeks. The scent downwind of a hedge full of blossoms is wonderful!
The fertilised flowers become Hips that some animals can eat, but are dangerous for humans without complicated processing to remove the fibrous content. Sometimes the hips burst or are broken open on the plant, though none were here. The blackening shiny finish that develops on the stem to the hip seems to be typical of this species - something we discovered from this sequence.
This sequence was photographed in 2006 in the West facing side of a hedge. The frames are registered on the bottom bud, and the jumping about of the remainder of the plant reflects how mobile the tangle of branches is under the influence of wind and birds picking over the stems for insects. Between frames 27 & 28 one bud became hooked behind another, and stayed that way until then end. Intervals between the frames vary a lot - step through to see the times in brackets since the previous image.
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