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. 













Below - 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 to medical uses
with many health benefits.

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