Cool and damp summer day after gentle all-night rains. We had been promised a thunderstorm which failed to materialize after all. Perhaps later? I don’t want to miss out on the show.
Time for another “Wordless Wednesday” post, except this time I have things to say after a few weeks of wordlessness on WordPress, only a rare image now and then just to stay in the loop. We have been immersed in the televised select committee hearings of the ongoing investigation into the 2020 insurrection on January 6, the incident that shocked a nation’s complacency and triggered, in me, a mild stroke when I crashed to the floor. Only by the grace of God did we all survive, albeit divided still. Since then, we’ve celebrated twice the Fourth of July with some degree of pomp and circumstance.
Our Fourth was a sunny, not-too-hot day, beginning on Sunday with a glorious worship service live-streamed from St. Luke Cathedral in Orlando, followed by our usual afternoon of perusing the Sunday papers, and culminating in an alfresco supper of barbecued baby back ribs — Smithfield, no less — and cherry pie. Didn’t George Washington, our national hero, have something to do with a cherry tree?
The actual day this year fell on Monday. I did the laundry.
Now that my Antique Roses have completed their astounding late-spring show, I am “allowing” rose hips to form by declining to deadhead the faded blooms. Sometimes laziness pays off. One rose, however, the “Red Rose of Lancaster,” continues to surprise us with one fresh bloom each day. Maybe it’s the same one?
Yesterday, I discovered a second bloom below the first. This is the variety of antique rose that often produces a repeat bloom around September, although not as abundantly as in June. As I’ve written previously, The Red Rose of Lancaster was the heraldic badge adopted by the royal House of Lancaster in the 14th century.
The House of York adopted the White Rose, not included in my garden. I believe it has been included in George Washington’s Upper Garden at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
So, what’s with the hips? They begin to form after pollination in spring and ripen in late summer through fall. Hips are needed to propagate new roses, according to Wikipedia. . . .
“Roses are propagated from rose hips by removing the achenes that contain the seeds from the hypanthium (the outer coating) and sowing just beneath the surface of the soil. The seeds can take many months to germinate. Most species require chilling (stratification), with some such as Rosa canina only germinating after two winter chill periods.”
Domestically, rose hips can be used to make herbal teas, often blended with hibiscus, and to make jams and jellies, perhaps on a rainy fall day.