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!