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A chafed rose stem

A chafed rose stem

Pruning the roses, I’ve been noticing for the first time what extreme damage can be done by two stems rubbing against each other.

Maybe it’s because we’ve had such particularly ferocious winds or maybe it’s just that I haven’t looked very hard before.

One or both stems may be worn almost all the way through, and yet the sap finds its way past and produces leaves.

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