|Ruth's amazing rose-petal cake|
|Roses in Kate's garden|
We looked at the three main groups within the genus, Dog Roses, Downy Roses and Sweet Briars, and the characters which separated them. That made it so much easier to assign them to species - as with many groups it is much easier to recognise the salient features when all the extraneous information is cut away. We also discussed the complex, asymmetric reproduction of hybrid roses, in which the seed parent often provides four-fifths of the genetic material as against the pollen parent.
|Rose identification near the Stiperstones|
Thanks to Ruth Dawes for all the photographs