Roses are thorny. Our roses are like barbed wire. Hedge roses were grown to protect property from intruders. You walk into one of these bushes and you won’t be going any further. They not only poke at you, but they enclose you and your garments in long branches that wrap around  you and are extremely difficult to remove.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Remember the brambles around Sleeping Beauty? I’m positive these are the brambles.

And yet, they are lovely. Mean and cruel — and beautiful in pink and red and dark violet that is nearly red. I’m pretty sure there’s a perfect allegory in this comment.

If you don’t live around here, how about cactus? There are some cactus that grab you and won’t let go. My particular un-favorites are the ones with the very soft, fuzzy outside and each of those little fuzzy prickles digs into your skin. If you rub at them, they dig even deeper. It can be weeks before you find all the tiny pieces and pull them out.

Ever pick a prickly pear and try to skin it? While you are skinning the pear, it is skinning you.

All is fair with love and cacti.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. Cleaning out the rose bushes requires HEAVY leather gloves and long sleeves and even that isn’t always enough. We cut them way back this year, but they’ve come back and next spring, me and the shears are going to be doing it all over again. They grow like CRAZY for a couple of months in the summer … and they send out runners, so you get new bushes where you didn’t intend. But all of our fancy roses died in the hard winters here and these are the ones left. Even among these, two out of the original four, died. Our winters are very hard and most roses, even wrapped, don’t survive long.

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