“The species shown in the painting is Rosa blanda. This native plant makes a large, handsome, well shaped shrub when grown as a specimen in the lawn or border. The stems are virtually thornless and turn a pleasing shade of red as they mature. Small apple-like fruits are called ‘hips’. Their bright red color in autumn adds to the ornamental value of this fine species and provides choice winter food for many kinds of birds.”
In this scene, Wampler captures the wild rose at its peak. An unruly spray of pink and yellow blossoms decorate the picture plane and are complemented by deep green leaves which curl and wave in the summer heat. Nestled among the foliage sits a small bird’s nest carrying four speckled eggs. The wild rose protects this precious roost and promises to feed the mother and her chicks come autumn.