With all the heat this Summer I haven't had too many good flower pictures to share. One interesting note from the garden is that I have decided to try collecting a few rose hips this year. With all the focus on rose flowers, it is easy to forget that roses actually produce a fruit filled with seeds. Some people make a rose hip tea which I've never tried but maybe some day. This year my interest is in collecting some seeds to sow in the Spring. When I get into the Fall I will be building a cold frame for a few Winter cuttings and to sow the seeds I collect this year in the Spring. If you have advice on cold frames I would love to hear it.
So far this year I have collected open pollinated seeds from Unconditional Love, Tattooed Lady, Vineyard Song, Climbing Rainbow's End, Scentsational, Lavender Lassie, Graham Thomas, Heritage, and Gertrude Jekyll. We will probably end up with others before the year is over. While I hope to germinate seeds from each of these roses, I am trying to not have many expectations beyond successfully growing a few roses from seed. If I can successfully get a few seedlings to mature I will feel like I have learned something new. Anything beyond that in terms of quality or revealed genotype through a self-pollinated seedling will be a bonus. Wish me luck.