Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rosa roxburghii and Betty, one of our Asian Volunteers

Betty and Eugenia came in today and we walked a bit through the collection reviewing what they would do. When we got to the Chestnut Rose, they both remembered Stefan's claim that the hips smelled like ripe Pineapple and were possibly edible (as other rose hips are). They do smell delicious but we were unable to eat any. They look like chestnut burrs and they are tough and sharp. Possibly they could be cooked. There is something there but it requires a strategy.

All of our volunteers are wonderful. Betty is an excellent gardener, an astute observer with a first rate intellect. I learn things from her every time we talk.

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