For Cee’s Flower of the Day.
This rose is on Irondale Beach. It is standing wild, but the blossoms are 5 inches across and it is such a vivid color. I do not know if it is wild or not.
I have read the Louisa May Alcott book, Rose in Bloom. I loved the clearly stated ethics in those books when I was little. As if there were rules and they could be learned and followed, even though I knew that the real world was much more confusing and people were much more mysterious.
It looks like a Rosa rugosa, which evidently is an Asian import which has done a nice job of naturalizing. along the New England cost line it’s a common rose in dunes and coastal roads for it’s flowers. It’s such a favorite that it’s commonly taken for a native plant. Birds love the rose hips, and unlike the multiflora rose it does not seem to be terribly invasive.
Also, it’s really really spikey, so the deer don’t eat as much of it.