Hello Folks! The quizzes are back (can i hear a Yay! of excitement or a groan of Oh no!)Flowers not only decorate our meadows, our woodlands, our roadsides with splashes of colour, but they also provide food and shelter for a whole host of insects. We have only to look at UK flowers to appreciate their beauty, their scent, their diversity.Each Monday for 12 weeks (and yes I know its Tuesday today - forgive me), I will be posting a little teaser for you. Without looking in books or on the internet (i.e - no cheating), see if you can identify the UK flower. On Wednesday, so as long as no-one has guessed it, I will post one clue. On Friday I will post the answer along with some additional information for your interest.Keep a note of each species, as I will be asking which is the odd one out at the end of the quiz.MYSTERY FLOWER QUIZ#1The nature of my bite is a thorny issue.
I'll start the ball rolling with Rosa canina
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Like everyone else I have theories and opinions on lots of things I know b*gger all about.
I think I agree with Galatas at the moment, Dog Rose.
Caroline in Jersey
PS Good to see you back Mrs T, did you have a wonderful time in Canada
I'm going for Dog Rose as well (think it is a poor name for such a nice flower)
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Likewise,it has to be Dog Rose.
Clue: Soar in a can.
@Germain - I did indeed, though I cannot seem to shake this jetlag. Only just finished mountain of washing, not had chance to tackle photo editing yet.
Sticking with Dog Rose.
Mrs T, that is the problem with long distance flying, recycled air does not help, you need to get out on the reserve and get some good lung fulls of RSPB air :)
Its odd i have flown further and had no problems at all, I shall endeavour like you say to get plenty of fresh air!
Well I can't think of anything else so will go with everyone else! Not too sure yet how it ties in with the 2nd clue though! Lol!
Look forward to when you get around to those photos MrsT!!! :-)
"All weeds are flowers, once you get to know them" (Eeyore)
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Photos are a job for the weekend, when I can go through them leisurely.
MarJusNot too sure yet how it ties in with the 2nd clue though!
Anagram of the latin name perhaps.
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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. (Chinese proverb)
TeeJayAnagram of the latin name perhaps.
Lol!! I'm such a thicko! Never thought about an anagram!
The answer will blossom tomorrow.
Blimey, I am clearly going to have to make these much harder! Anyhoo, congrats to all of you who guessed Dog rose (Rosa canina). To begin with I’ll break down the clues I gave you. Firstly there was: The nature of my bite is a thorny issue. Well, (some) dogs bite and as a rule most roses have thorns. The second clue was simply an anagram of the latin for Dog rose (Rosa canina).
Dog roses are a deciduous shrub, and as a climbing rose they can grow as high as five metres tall with delicate pale pink flowers that are made up of five petals with a yellow centre. Flowering in June and July, dog roses are often found in hedgerows and like all other roses they have hooked thorns. On maturity Dog rose flowers produce rose-hips which are usually reddy orange in colour.
A picture of a Dog rose can be found here.
Did you know?: The Dog rose is the county flower of Hampshire.
Keep an eye out for next weeks mystery flower.