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Posts Tagged ‘rose bushes’

Have You Ever Heard Of Sporotrichosis?

Posted by terrepruitt on June 3, 2014

Holy Moly!  I love to learn stuff, but some stuff I would rather not learn in a “first hand” manner.  Ya know what I mean?  Like emergency response times (I am not saying I learned this first hand), but that is an example I am using.  I don’t want to know first hand how long it takes for an ambulance or a fire truck to get to me . . . because that would mean I would be in a situation where I had the opportunity to learn that.  That is what I mean.  There are some things I could do without learning or could have done with out learning.  Recently I learned about something I had never heard of and quiet frankly I am shocked.  But I guess it is a really good thing because perhaps that means that it is not that common.  Have you ever heard of Rose Grower’s Disease or Rose Gardener’s Disease?  It is an actual “disease” you can get from a rose!!

I know so many people who have roses, I am surprised I haveDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga never hear of it until now.  I am just going to quote directly from an online dictionary:

“Sporotrichosis is a chronic infection caused by the microscopic fungus Sporothrix schenckii. The disease causes ulcers on the skin that are painless but do not heal, as well as nodules or knots in the lymph channels near the surface of the body. Infrequently, sporotrichosis affects the lungs, joints, or central nervous system and can cause serious illness.

The fungus that causes sporotrichosis is found in spagnum moss, soil, and rotting vegetation. Anyone can get sporotrichosis, but it is most common among nursery workers, farm laborers, and gardeners handling spagnum moss, roses, or barberry bushes.”

The fungus can get into your system via cut or a scrape.  Of anyone who has handled a rose, who has NOT been stabbed by a thorn?  Eek.  And that is how you get it from the fungus from the source itself.  It is not contagious, as in it does not get passed from person to person.  But it is Zoonosis, so according to Wiki a person can get it from an infected animal.  I was thinking that it must be one of those things that people get when they have a weakened immune system . . . and . . . yup, that is what this dictionary states.  Otherwise I think it would be more common and I would have gotten it.  Because I have been pricked by thorns a lot.  Sometimes I look down and the thorn is still in my skin.  OWWWW.  Could be too that our roses don’t have this fungus, but I don’t know.

When trying to come up with words and phrases to do a search on the internet that would show me what a rose bush that has this fungus looks like, other pictures that I cannot stomach showed up.  So if any of you know what the plant would look like  . . . please let me know.  (Be careful searching the internet!)

The information that I have read regarding the disease states that it is painless, but it does not look painless.  But any time I see a red bump I think it is painful, but that is not always the case.  The treatment varies . . . as in the medicine used, but all information I have seen says it my be taken for weeks sometimes months of treatment.  So apparently it takes a long time to get this out of the body.

So . . . if you garden wear your gloves and be careful out there.

Had you heard of this disease?  Do you know what roses that have it look like?

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A Rose Is A Rose

Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2010

I have learned a lot from our backyard here in San Jose. One thing I have learned is even rose bushes change.

I am posting pictures of our roses because they have changed over the years. When we first moved in there were ORANGE. I had never seen roses so orange. My husband wanted to rip out all the rose bushes and rearrange the yard and I requested that he keep the orange rose bush. I didn’t care about anything else in the yard but that one bush. I was fascinated by the orange roses. And so were many people that saw them. When we first moved in we had a ton of roses, all the time, or it seemed like all the time. We would have flowers in the house all the time. I would also take them to work. People would stop and ask me about the orange roses. That is how vibrant their color was.

While I am not sure about how my hubby felt about the orange roses, I know how he felt about the rose bush. He HATED it. It was one of those bushes that had thorns everywhere. At the top of the stem near the flower there would be hundreds of little tiny thorns. When they got in your fingers, they felt like fiber glass. The thorns were progressively larger as they went down the stem. There was never any room on the stem to put your fingers. So working with these roses always resulted in bloody fingers. The thorns at the bottom where huge, sometimes as big as a half of an inch.

Also the blooms had “less petals”. I think of the “less petal” roses as “real” roses.

Early this week, while I was practicing Nia, I looked out the window and saw a huge rose on the bush. I decided I wanted to have it inside. So I went out to cut it. Even though the rose was next to a bud, I decided to cut them both so the stem would be long enough to put in a tall vase. I also cut another rose. I was holding them while I was looking for a vase to put them in, it occurred to me that there was one (ONE!!!) thorn on the big rose’s stem. And the other one hardly had any. Then I looked at the rose itself and noticed it too is different.  I had previously posted about the color change of our roses, but I had not noticed the lack of thorns nor the increase in the amount of petals before.

They are still very beautiful and I love having roses in the yard and in the house. But, there are not the same roses that we had when we moved in. So I learned that roses morph. The rose bush that has been in our yard since we moved in eleven years ago has changed. Interesting. I guess most things change huh? I had noticed that the flowers were not longer the striking orange color they had used to be, but I just noticed the flower itself is different and there are less thorns. They have been changing over the years. Do you know why? Is it cross pollination? Do all roses do that?

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