The days are warm and sunny but there is morning mist and a touch of autumn in the air that is hard to define. The first flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium always bring a touch of sadness as it is a sure sign that the heady excitement of summer is melting away. For this reason I have a less than enthusiastic attitude to berries. I am happy to see them in winter but August is too early. But as we age we change our opinions and I am at least prepared to enjoy them for what they are. Many roses have attractive fruits but I was stopped in my tracks yesterday by the hips on Rosa pomifera.
I think the name R. pomifera is invalid and it should be called R. villosa, no matter what it was called when I bought it. It is frequently called the apple rose (reflected in the name) and and is European and Asian in origin. It has been grown for its fruit in the past. It is doing well and growing on me. The grey leaves suit the pink, single flowers and the large hips are bristly and a glorious colour.
Rosa moyesii ‘Sealing Wax’ is having a tough time to get going. Last year it produced long shoots and these flowered well this year. Last year none of the flowers opened and there were no hips. This year it flowered freely and I thought I would have a mass of hips but some of the stems have died back. I am not quite sure why but several shrubs have struggled at first and then improved so I will not give up. But there are some hips this year, the feature for which it is most loved.
A nice bonus has been the shiny, red hips on Rosa sericea. It too, has been struggling but at least it flowered better this year and there is a sprinkling of hips that give me hope for future years.