Rose with the Nastiest Thorns
I have had such a wonderful time pouring over these pages of late! So I was wondering if I could get your advice on a problem we've been having lately. We just moved to our new home last Fall and have planted like mad. We put in a pretty, though tallish fence out front (to keep the dogs safe), and planted in front of it a butterfly vine, some low growing cyanothus and, here is to the point-a lovely little manzanita tree. The thing is, someone has systematically snapped off all the branches. I felt like weeping every time I saw it, and today someone finally snapped off the last pretty branch. So I dug it up and have it potted now hopefully to recoup and live out its days in the relative safety of the inner sanctum. But I was thinking-and here is where I need your help-The old rose passion has been such a great source of joy, that I was thinking, what about that? A joyful response to a sad problem-with thorns!!!! So give me what cha got! What roses do you know that have the most unforgiving barbs? I love Mosses, really dark roses of any kind, but also Souvenir de la Malmaison types, Gallicas. . . OK, not much I don't love. Fragrance a real plus! We live in Berkeley, CA. Thank you in advance for any of your thoughts!