And Today's Flower Is...
January 27, 2018 1:44pm CST
Rosa Rugosa... I took this photo a year ago while on a coastal drive. Known by some as Beach Roses, they come in either bright pink or white varieties. The shrubs they grow on make a good privacy barrier, as their branches are loaded with thousands of sharp prickly spines. In the fall, the flowers fade and fall apart to make room for the small reddish round fruit known as Rose Hips. These are totally edible and can be used to make jam or jelly, and they can be dried to brew as tea. I've never done that myself, as the roses I see are usually on private property. I am perfectly happy, however, with enjoying their beauty and their intense fragrance. Photo Copyright@2018 Rachel Lovejoy
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• Saco, Maine
These roses are different from tea roses and other multiflora types that are grown for their beauty. These are very simple flowers that grow on very dense bushes, as opposed to those that grow on a single plant or on climbing canes. These are not as spectacular to look at. But their scent is something else entirely.