perfect planning

I know that I wasn't very diligent when it came to deadheading (removing spent flowers) from most of the perennials and shrubs in my garden this year. It was just too hot, I was too busy, [insert your favorite excuse here] -- whatever the reason I just didn't do it.

Who could really tell though? Looking around my yard, it looks like a typical early-autumn garden. No evidence of my laziness. Except for the roses.


The tell-tale sight of bright red or orange rose hips makes it clear to anybody who has grown roses before that I left some blooms in place after they faded.

Okay, more than "some". Lots of them.

In fact, if you didn't know any better, you might say that I had a nice crop of crabapples growing right now.

Although, the rose hips are quite attractive and colorful. They do last for a very long time too.

Much longer than the blooms ever did.

So a visitor to my garden might think that I purposefully did this, to assure that my garden would have as much late-season interest as possible.

Yeah, I'll go along with that. I totally planned this.


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Anonymous –   – (September 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM)  

Lovely image!
Love your blog.

Andrea  – (September 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM)  

Hi Alan, laziness has lovely results too once-in-a while. Those hips are so beautiful in those colors. Our roses here have very small fruits and they don't have very lovely shows like those in your photos.

danger garden  – (September 23, 2012 at 3:41 AM)  

Good job! I've always loved rose hips, maybe even more than roses....

Rock rose  – (September 23, 2012 at 5:50 AM)  

Rose hips are beautiful. We used to collect them to make rose hip syrup but I am not sure what kind they were. Loaded with vitamin C. A very fall look which reminds me of my childhood.

Barbie  – (September 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM)  

I love the look, if I had to choose bare rose stalks or rose hips. Love the colour and I am sure they have some health benefits too.

Christine  – (September 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM)  

I'm often tempted to leave mine because I love the look of rose hips! Lovely photos :)

Masha  – (September 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM)  

I am enjoying rose hips too. You could try to grow some roses from the seeds.

Unknown  – (January 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM)  

They make and amazing addition to loose leaf tea. (I like mine with jasmine pearl green)

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