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  •  Agreed (5+ / 0-)

    Around here we have what's known as multi-flora rose, cursed by most everybody who has ever had to deal with them.

    They're pretty during the one-week-a-year they're in full bloom, but when those thorns grab you they don't let go!

    •  The Sleeping Beauty security system. (2+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, Oh Mary Oh

      Deters most intruders, and catches and holds the foolhardiest. Kind of like those coils of barbed wire they put on top of fences, but prettier and self-maintaining. Good to get some use out of those multi-floras!

      Babylon system is the vampire... ~Bob Marley

      by sfinx on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:15:36 PM PST

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      •  All the old ramblers are good for that (3+ / 0-)
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        Long flexible canes that can be trained however you want, lots and lots and LOTS of big sharp thorns, and a side benefit of some very pretty flowers (though probably only once a year).

        Here's a GardenWeb discussion related to the subject. Note that it started as a "nuisance neighbor deterrent", but it does go on to cover a number or pros and cons.

        I've had direct experience with "Common Moss" (a beautiful old garden rambler that no one quite seems to know how it originated, long rather stiff stems covered in nasty sharp spiny prickles, and an absolutely DIVINE, overpowering scent - unfortunately only blooms once a year), "Dr. Huey" (ubiquitous dark-red rambler that's seen everywhere in established neighborhoods because it's been used for nearly a century as rootstock and almost always outlasts - or takes over - the varietal grafted onto it: nice sharp thorns, not much scent, once-blooming, one of the hardiest roses ever, gets blackspot a lot but shrugs it off like acne), and a rather sickly specimen of "Comte de Chambord" that I've been nursing along for four or five years (it doesn't flourish but refuses to die, and ungratefully scratches the hand that tries to feed it).

        Anyone who scoffs at the effectiveness of roses is probably thinking of those pampered prima donnas in show gardens, the hybrid teas. They've been so overbred and inbred that they're not much use for anything BUT show, and often more trouble than they're worth. Roses encountered "in the wild", or closer to their wild roots, are a very different proposition.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:58:38 PM PST

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        •  I have a nice old Father Hugo's rose that (0+ / 0-)

          threatens to engulf the front porch and certainly puts off some would-be deliverers of nuisance flyers. Not quite a full-fledged rambler but it does spread. Do you know it? Super early, little single yellow blooms. Cheers me up just to think about it. I'll have to try to find a way to get an Old Moss for the other side of the porch!

          Babylon system is the vampire... ~Bob Marley

          by sfinx on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:35:10 PM PST

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