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  • Where the wild roses hang and the woodbines entwine,

    Life and Remains of John Clare

  • I was a mile from Thornfield, in a lane noted for wild roses in summer, for nuts and blackberries in autumn, and even now possessing a few coral treasures in hips and haws, but whose best winter delight lay in its utter solitude and leafless repose.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Afterwards she made a weak and bitter tea from the hips that she had gathered from the wild roses in the autumn, pleased to have something to do to divert her from her fears, and the three of them sat in the semi-darkness, waiting as the hours passed both too slowly and too fast.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • When the Dead March sounded the coffin was covered with a pall given by the Ruskin Linen Industry of Keswick, lined with bright crimson silk, and embroidered with the motto, “Unto This Last,” and with his favourite wild roses showered over the gray field, just as they fall in the

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • I imagined him as a modern Giles Winterbourne, perfectly in tune with his beloved bees, as Winterbourne was with his trees, roving the wood pastures and alpine meadows in search of early tulips, wild roses and apple blossom behind the wheel of Animal Wild.


  • Uphill of the stream a tangle of wild roses in a dappled patch of sunlight were heavy with yellow and red rosehips.

    Renegade's Magic

  • His look brightened for a moment when entering his new dwelling place, a truly beautiful cottage, with thatched roof, casemented windows, wild roses over the porch, and flowery hedges all round.

    Life and Remains of John Clare

  • He had discovered the perfume of wild roses as Thoreau discovered the sweetness of white-oak acorns, I thought to myself, and so far was in good company.

    On Foot in the Yosemite

  • Most of the other hedges are a mix of hazel, maple and ash, with here and there a holly, crab apple, bullace or an oak, and an under-blush of dogwood, the hips of wild roses or the exquisite little pink berries of the spindle tree.


  • Four of the beautiful, delicate wild roses could be lost, along with their exotic names: Rosa webbiana, Rosa laxa, Rosa wasilczenkoi and Rosa beggeriana.



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