Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall is in the Air

There is nothing like gardening to make one aware of the passing of seasons.

Japanese anemones 'Honorine Jobert' are my favorite fall-blooming perennials
 Here in a winterless climate, the changes are, at first, subtle.

Sharifa Asma (shrub) looking down on cape plumbago and geranium 'Rozanne'

Roses are still going strong, but their foliage is beginning to look tired (burned and spotted).

Rosette Delizy (tea) in its fall splendor
Blooms, on the other hand, become bigger and more brightly colored as they recover from summer heat.

Classic Woman is a hybrid tea that is generally white or cream-colored, but often displays a lot of pink in the fall
The color is often retained even when its blooms are fully open. They remind me of scoops of ice cream
But what I most look forward to in fall roses is the hips.

'Wohler Rd. White Eglantine' at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

Many once-blooming roses are covered with colorful hips well into the winter.

Hips of 'Sappho', an alba, at the Heritage

 But repeat-blooming roses, both antique and modern, will often set hips too if the gardener is not very diligent about deadheading.

From left: Imposter (shrub), April in Paris (hybrid tea), Regensberg (floribunda), Roseraie de l'Hay (rugosa),  two more Imposters, Golden Celebration (shrub), and two hips from Mme. Berard (tea-noisette)

Roses are related to apples, and like apples, rose hips come in many shapes, sizes and colors.

Purple Pavement, a rugosa, in my garden

An unripe hip of Rosa laevigata,  a species

Hybrids of rosa spinosissima set some of the most deeply colored hips. These are from Fruhlingsanfang, at the Heritage
The aptly named Fakir's Delight, hybrid Bracteata, at the Heritage

Blooms and hips at the same time are wonderful. Meg Merrilies, hybrid rubiginosa, at the Heritage

Seeing hips always makes me think about winter, bare branches and rose pruning. Winter is short here, but even so fall blooms, the last of the year, are my most favorite of all.

Penelope, a hybrid musk, in my garden


  1. Sharifa Asma has a most heavenly scent, the colour of the flowers reminds me of strawberry icecream. Over here roses are the best in spring and autumn, summer can get very hot. Your rose foliage looks fine. But i have found a lot of Austin roses tolerate the heat better than some hybrid tea's.

  2. Great pictures of rose hips, esspecially the Sappho, but I love all of them. they are all so different and beautiful in their varied ways.


  3. Thank you!

    Karen, I actually found lots of Austins do not tolerate heat well at all (Heritage and Pat Austin are just two that come to mind that fry in a matter of minutes). I find heavy-petalled HTs like Classic Woman or Memorial Day are very good in the heat. Tea-Noisettes seem to actually need heat to thrive.

  4. Zazdroszczę troszkę krótkiej zimy i tylu pięknych jeszcze róż w ogrodzie. Owoce róż też mają swój urok. Pozdrawiam.
    I envy a little short winters and yet so many beautiful roses in the garden. Fruits roses also have their charm. Yours.

  5. Absolutely stunning pictures! Do you mind sharing which camera you use? I am looking to upgrade mine, and not sure where to start.

  6. Thank you, Giga and Rae. I use a "baby Nikon" DSLR, a Nikon D3000.

  7. the anemone light is wonderful great shot...and the classic woman is a real beauty...nicon does a great job..but I think its you!

  8. A superb post and a beautiful collection of Rosehip photos. I must go out this weekend and compare the different kinds of hips we have. This year in the UK the wet weather wasn't the kindest to the blooms but the hips are beginning to put on their show now.
    I was a little too late in putting Anemones in this year and have earmarked spring to plant some new editions. Its an area I'm not very familiar with, I shall make a note of 'Honorine Jobert' it's a beauty.

  9. Classic Woman if PERFECT! I've never known that the hips may be in different forms, thank you for information!

  10. I love this posting.....great photos and what a great way to enjoy the roses in a different way!

    All the best,

  11. Hi Masha. Oh I just love your Classic Woman rose. How beautiful. As so are the Anemones. Beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful week.

  12. The photos of your roses are absolutely stunning. I think I love fall blooms the best, too. And those anemones! Gorgeous! All the different hips are interesting. Me, I'd much rather see a bloom than a hip, but maybe I should stop to look a little closer at their beauty.

  13. Thank you!

    Holley, I understand the preference for a bloom, but by summer's end I get pretty tired of deadheading, and it feels nice to relax a bit and look at something else for a change.

  14. Deine Bilder sind wieder wunderschön.
    Vielen Dank für die kleine Reise durch deine Rosenwelt.
    Gruß Anette

  15. Wow, you really got a lot of different kind of hips! They look great. I love the rose penelope, it smells wonderful.
    Have a lovely day

  16. Ich bin immer wieder begeistert von deinen Fotos. Wie machst du das nur, geniales Licht und eine Schärfe auf den Objekten... Das muss eine echte Wunderkamera sein. Viele Grüße Annette

  17. You have lots of beautiful roses and also the various rosehips I like very much.
    Thank you for showing them.

  18. Hi Masha, I love the first photo of the 'Honorine Jobert' anemone! I knew that roses have different types of hips, but never realized that they were That different. Thanks for showing the fascinating variety they come in and also the beauty of rose hips. Another post where you outdid yourself!

  19. I am noticing the hips lately, too. I don't have as many Roses as you do, but they are full of hips now. Our autumn came crashing in with a vengeance a few days ago--we went from hot summer to cold autumn nearly overnight. I think I prefer your way. :) But, in any case, this post is so beautiful, like always!

  20. I agree with you that the rose flowers themselves (not the bush) are the most beautiful in the fall when they keep their colors and they grow twice their regular size! My Sharifa Asma jumped the gun and bloomed halfheartedly in late August, so I'm hoping she'll recover, because the fall Sharifa blooms are my favorite, and are baseball sized!

  21. Absolutamente maravillosas las fotos, la Anémona blanca es una belleza.

  22. It's amazing how Fall looks like in California ! Your plants are still so fresh, like in Summer !

  23. Sharifa Asma is gorgeous and your photos all wonderfull.

  24. So wonderful shots and flowers! Super!

  25. Your roses are gorgeous! I feel as though I could lean right into the monitor and drink in their fragrance.

  26. Do you use your rose hips for teas or other purposes?


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