Game of thorns

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

MOST vine­yards, par­tic­u­larly those that want to at­tract visi­tors, plant roses at the ends of the rows of vines. The gen­eral story is that they act as an early warn­ing sys­tem for spot­ting mildew but the Aus­trian grow­ers had a dif­fer­ent story to tell. Ap­par­ently a thorny rose bush en­cour­aged a horse pulling a plough to take a wide berth around the end post in a vine­yard and so it wasn’t knocked down. Of course, now the roses just make the vine­yards look pretty.

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