On our drive yesterday we passed several large shrubs and stopped to investigate.
This first one was obviously a wild rose. It had soft pink blossoms, the jaggedy edged leaves, and of course some nasty little thorns on the stems. It also was surprisingly fragrant. I say surprising, at least to me, because I didn't think a wild rose had such a strong scent. It was really nice and sweet.
The second shrub was just about all over in the canyon. It was covered with rose like flowers and I actually thought it was a wild white rose until we stopped and took a closer look.
The difference with this big bush is there are no thorns, and the leaves are a little different. When I took a whiff of these blossoms I was just about knocked over. So delicious! A very strong sweet scent that reminded me a lot of a freesia or gardenia or stock. I absolutely love it.
Though with the exception of the color, the blossoms look almost identical to the wild rose. When we got home we did a little on line research and the best we could come up with was the rose is a sweet briar and the extremely fragrant white bush is a western mock orange.
If you know any better or know anything of these plants please let me know!
Makes me want to plant a bunch all around the house!