My field guide to British wildflowers tells me that the appendage ‘dog’ to the name of a flower (dog rose, dog violet etc) denotes worthlessness or inferiority for some reason.
I know dog violets are so named because they lack a scent, but these roses had a subtle, sweet smell.
According to this source, the worthlessness of a dog rose is that it is not cultivated. In my book, that makes it much more worthwhile. I like the wild. I like the flowers that spring up in crevices between concrete slabs; the weeds that colonise a roadside verge; the moss the grows on shopping trolleys cast into streams.
- Camera Used: Canon G11
- Location: near Ivinghoe Beacon, Hertfordshire, UK; June 2010.