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Rose Hip Season

Rosa glauca hips

Rose blossoms come in many shapes and forms. Rose hips are more limited is form, but have their own beauty and use. I planted Rosa glauca nearly 30 years ago because the catalog description said that it looked like a Pompeian wall painting and the black hips were beautiful. I had never thought about the appearance of rose hips before, but the description intrigued on all counts. The hips are ripening right now and though they will never get really black they are very handsome and can be used at all stages in flower arrangements.

These hips are on my ‘mystery rose.’ I have no idea of its name but it is a spreader. The hips are still ripening and will eventually be red.

Scabriosa hips

“Scabriosa” has the traditional chubby rose hips that are used to make rose hip jelly and rose hip tea. Lots of vitamin C. A young friend and I made rose hip jelly one year. Once was enough. Its a lot of work, for very little return as far as I was concerned.

3 comments to Rose Hip Season

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    Do you ever make anything with these rose hips? I bet you have plenty to work with.

  • Rose hips are beautiful~I have two on my Rosa carolina;) gail

  • I love the roses, but the hips are very special to me too. I adore them in arrangements, wreaths, etc. and with the aid of a peach pitter they’re easy to prepare for syrup and jelly.

    Thanks for this,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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