Notes from the Garden
Hips don’t lie.
We’ve been busy in borders with late summer weeding, pruning and deadheading roses and it’s got us thinking. Too often roses are quickly cut, ‘tidied’, and snipped as soon as the flowers begin to fade.
However, as many gardeners know, certain varieties of roses are grown as much for their fruit as for their flowers. The latter are an eye-pleasing show – but their hips are the sparkling after party, lasting through autumn and into winter.
Rosa rugosa, for example, produces shining bright red hips that look good enough to eat (one little
member of the Catkin clan actually asked if they were tomatoes!).
Rambling roses, such as ‘Rambling Rector’ produce a spray of flowers followed by a spray of hips – these are brilliant for flower displays, especially around the festive period. Rosa glauca also produces hips and makes a brilliant arching addition to the back of borders
Although of course not applicable to all types of rose, we do suggest that you try to get to know the variety of roses you have, so check before you snip. If you’re unfamiliar with the variety of your roses in your garden, researching and experimenting before you snip may bring you a pleasant surprise and much longer-lasting enjoyment.