The Jungle


Our yard is becoming a jungle early this year — so far we haven’t had any late frosts so the cottonwoods are in full leaf and dropping cotton already. We have fruit on most of our fruit trees, lions are appearing in the yard, iris we have never seen before are blooming (presumably they froze and didn’t bloom in previous years), and a multiflora rootstock rose I didn’t know we had is growing large and in full bloom along the fence on the eastern end of the property.

When I went out to shut down the irrigation in the late morning, I noticed a lot of white blossoms in the bamboo by the fence. At first I thought they were wild plum blossoms, but then took a closer look because the wild plums have all set fruit, and noticed it was a rose bush with bunches of tiny, white blossoms. I looked it up, and found it is a multiflora rootstock, which I had never seen before. The are lots and lots of Dr. Huey in our yard and all over Corrales (Dr. Huey is used in the western part of the US because it likes alkaline soil), but this was the first time I noticed the multiflora. It’s native to the Near East and China, and prefers acidic soils, therefore, it is more common in the eastern US, and very invasive in southern states. The questions are 1) how did we end up with a rootstock rose not commonly used in the southwest, and 2) why hadn’t we noticed it before today? I’m thinking we probably hadn’t noticed it before because the blossoms probably froze in years past, plus it’s growing by the bamboo on the far end of the property. However, since it’s growing where we would never have planted a rose, the first question remains unanswered.