Getting my coffee from coffees box trailer this morning and had this pointed out to me this odd thing on the rose bush . They had one last year which is still attached but Brown and hard. Any idea what it be.
Thanks NC the answer below copied from the internet. These hairy balls, called “Robin’s Pincushion” in England, are caused by the rose gall wasp, a small wasp that injects a substance that causes the rose tissue to swell and form the unusual growth. Once the gall has formed, the wasp lays eggs inside it.
The galls appear in June and July, starting out pale green or red and turning brown as they age. The outer, moss-like filaments surround a cluster of hard cells that harbour tiny grubs over the winter. The larvae do not mature and emerge from the galls until spring. Species roses are most commonly affected.
Rose gall wasps do little harm, and some people find their handiwork to be fascinating curiosities in the garden. Those who see the galls as visually offensive will choose to cut off gall-bearing stems. Bear in mind, though, that these wasps also play roles as pollinators and as predators on insect pests.
Are they blackboard rubbers? My old maths teacher, now sadly dead, would throw them across the room at any miscreants in his class😮 True gentleman as well as a bloody good old school teacher, RIP George....
Welsh not by the looks, my grandma wore one a lot when at school and caned turn of the last century.
Bang on the money M ! I had knot heard of this till a lady in my village shared on our village forum on fb
It was worn on a rope. If a child was found to be speaking Welsh in school, they would be made to wear this around their neck and caned. You could get rid of this if you overheard another child speaking Welsh, and grassed them up, as it was then passed onto them, and they wore it and got punished. The child with it at the end of the day was punished with the cane. The child with it at the end of the week was also punished with the cane. In the nineteenth century, the Welsh language was literally thrashed out of the Welsh. If you ever wonder why not all of the Welsh can speak Welsh, this, and many other cultural purgings, are the reason why.
I am a wolf, a wild cur Cut from the pack, with blood on my fur And every howl marks a debt Cause a beaten dog Never forgets