Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Roses of Gaspé

These Duchess of Portland roses 
shrubs/hedges, grace the countryside
 here in Gaspé during the month of July.
They are plentiful this year because
 of an abundance of rain.
I am thinking the salt air must attribute 
to their growth and beauty. 
Also they smell gorgeous,
with a lovely strong sweet scent 
filling the air around them.

These heirloom roses originated in Britain 
and are named after
 The Duchess of Portland, 
 a plant collector around 1780. 

My backyard

 ~ One misty morning~

Makes nice bouquets, also great for potpourri.

When the roses are finished,
the flower turns into a seed pod that
 looks like a small crabapple in the Fall.
Rose "hips", the fruit of the rose,
has many purposes, 
from herbal teas, soaps, potpourri, to medical uses
with many health benefits.


Thanks for your visit xo

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