One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Rose Ross Rambler, Rosa roxburghiana, Rosa henryi.....nice hips
Hips, heps, haws...whatever you call 'em I like them. And they're chock full of vitamin C and used to make jams, jellies, marmalades, pies, syrups, and all sort of confections, even wine. The back cover of Timber Press/Sagapress compendium of Graham Stuart Thomas on roses (all three books in one) is a reproduction of a GST painting of a selection of interesting heps. I love it. It's too dark to photograph it but I have noticed that my negligence in deadheading has allowed the yellow Knock-out rose too set fruit. They're pretty nice looking. Most modern ornamentals, excepting R. rugosa and its close progeny, aren't much for hep production.