I think its a beach rose hip, it fits what I have been told.. So a friend of mine went to Nova Scotia this summer and he came home with wild harvested rose hips.. I have never seen rose’s have these size hips.. they are the size of small crab apples.
He used most of them to make a amazing jam/jelly with them. When he shared photos of them with his friends, I asked if there was any chance that I could snag some seed. We meet up on the past weekend and there are here..
He has been keeping the hips and seeds in the fridge, I will continue to do so for a certain length of time and then I will start some of the seeds. I have lots, I will offer a plant or two back to him but most of the ones I plan to grow will go into food hedges and or into one of the layers of my rain garden levels.
I hope that the scale with the standard tsp in the picture will give a idea of just how big these are. I have enough seed that I will start what I need and then prepare the rest of the seed so that in the spring, it will be ready to go out in small lots at our local seed exchange table 🙂
I understand that these row bushes are like most.. fast growing, hardy and tough.. they don’t mind getting their roots damp at times and they help hold sandy soil together. I used to buy rose hips to give the powder to my Brandy girl to help with her hooves. I have been wanting to get a few hedge roses to add to the farm. These are said to grow 3 to 6 feet in height.
Given they were wild collected hips an seeds, what I will get from the seeds to point is unknown.. it will be fun to be surprised 🙂
These are absolutely incredible V! Do you happen to know anything about the blossom for these?
Not a thing.. Peter just said, growing a cove in the sandy/soil close to the water, would at times get sea spray, full sun and amazing hips, the size of crabapples.. that’s what I got.. ITs all a guessing game really!
Hi, I think those are Rugosa rose hips. Very fragrant flowers, very juicy sweet rosehips.
Thank you Galadriel, I will research that name.. I am happy to hear that if you are right that I will also have a lovely scent to go with those amazing rose hips.. Do you have this plant? if so, anything you can tell me about it?
Yes, they are Rosa rugosa. They are not native, they come from Asia, but they are naturalized in the Canadian Maritime Provinces and actually considered as invasive in the New England States.
Thanks Peter 🙂
Avena Botanicals video on the Wild “Maine” Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa): https://youtu.be/15-TS4kXElk. Their roses are all in bloom, so she doesn’t show the hips, but a lot of info regardless…
Dad used to chew the “good” out of the rose hips and then “deposit” them around the pond… Even after (I’m sure) a lot of wildlife found his leavings, there were quite a few shrubs that grew; )