Thursday, 26 September 2013
Friday, 6 September 2013
Heps are produced once the rose flowers have been pollinated, they will start to appear on the plant towards the end of Summer and they will swell in size and ripen throughout Autumn. Many people forget about or disregard heps but in my opinion they are just as beautiful and interesting as the flowers that come before. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colours which I find fascinating and some of the roses are so festooned in heps that they stop you in your tracks. Not only are they pretty but also very useful, they can be used in some medicines and in food to produce everything from jam and jelly to wine and vodka!
Here are just a few of the endless varieties of heps we have here at Mottisfont.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
d’Orleans this is the rose growing on the Arches over some of the paths. They are always a show stopper and one of the most photographed roses in the garden. Here is a beautiful photo of her in full bloom.
Here you can see Kat and Matt painstakingly taking the rose off of the arch and pruning out the oldest wood. I realise that it's probably quite hard to see in the photo, but the eagle eyed among you will notice that both of them are wearing gauntlet gloves designed for handling rolls of barbed wire!