The native wild rose of the hedgerow is known by many names, most notably the dog rose (Rosa canina). Once autumn arrives, the orange and red hues of rose hips become more noticeable as the last rose petals drop and their leaves fade.
|Kitchen garden blog. Rose hips heart.|
There are many uses of rose hips – not least they make for a beneficial natural food in the wildlife garden for birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits and mice. Even horses and ponies will contentedly munch on rose hips that grow around their fields.
Benefits of rose hips.
Roses and rose hips are as much loved too for their beauty - so a rose hip heart sums up this favourite garden flower.
Rose hip syrup will find its place on a shelf in the cupboard again this year - but it won't last through the winter as it is just too tasty to leave it alone!