Monday, September 8, 2014

Rosey Hips

Portal RV Resort
Moab, UT
September 8, 2014

It's a seed pod...I have never grown roses nor been to a garden to see these colorful pods called rose hips. I found myself on the ground trying to figure out if the bush with the pink roses was the same bush these orange "berries" were on. After a small thorny skirmish, I discovered that they were in fact the same.

I have always enjoyed the roses here at Portal. Most gardeners prune the faded rose blossoms to encourage more flowers. But here, the spent flowers are left on the bush.

At the end of the season, these small, berry-sized, seed balls or fruit appear. The bushes are full of them.

Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer.  

The internet is full of recipes for herbal teas, jams, and even soups made with these rosey hips that are high in vitamin C.

A quick update on Joe...
he came home last Friday. It sure is good to have him here too. And oh my, did we have some wagging puppy tails! We have settled into a routine of walking, reading and napping.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, we go back to Grand Junction to St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center for the first round of chemo.

Thank you all for your positive comments, and prayers. Our spirits are high and our hearts are full of trust and hope.  

An aster plant hidden among some tall ornamental grasses...

Well, until next time, take care...

and enjoy the day!


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    1. I must have missed your previous blog about Joe as I was totally taken aback when I read this one. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the both of you.

  2. Our prayers are still there for Joe and you.

  3. I know there was a lot of happiness when Joe got home! At one time I took a chewable vitamin C that was made from rose hips and had no idea what I was eating, and now I know! :-) thank you for the update and we will certainly be thinking of you in the coming weeks.

  4. Highs spirits and hearts filled with trust and hope will carry you both through.
    Glad to see you enjoying your camera, great shots. Glad Joe is home for now and best of luck on Thursday.

  5. It's so funny to read your post about rose hips. Steve and I were out in Custer State Park today and I noticed them everywhere. Glad to hear Joe is home!

  6. Good to hear that Joe is back where he belongs. Both of you remain in our thoughts & prayers.

  7. Good new to hear Joe is home. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  8. Thanks for update on Joe:) We continue to keep you and Joe in our thoughts and prayers:) I am sure all the puppies were excited to have dad home!

    It's funny you mentioned the rose hips today. I was just noticing how the trail today was lined with wild roses covered in orange hips. They are so pretty.

  9. Now I know how rose hips looks like as I have used at one time rose hips water which was very fragrant.
    We will continue to keep you and Joe in our thoughts. I hope that you have someone else with you while Joe is in this situation.