Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rose with Rose Hips, Botanical Garden, San Francisco - August 31, 2014


My dear friend, Joanne Olivieri, blogger, writer, poet and photographer, among her
many talents, introduced me to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  I had lived in
close proximity for over 20 years without having visited.  Now, far away in India, I
often look back at my pictures since, in this hot, humid climate, I, sometimes, long
for the flowers, foliage, and trees of the Bay area.  The Garden, however, hosts
beautiful specimens from all over the world.




For the Our Beautiful World theme this week, "Seeds," I chose this rose photo
I took at the Botanical Garden, complete with rose hips.  

According to Wikipedia, the rose hip, which is the fruit of the rose plant, begins
to form after successful pollination in spring or early summer and continues to
ripen through autumn.  You can see here that this flower is still being visited by
bees and the hips have grown quite large.

Rose hips are the seed pods of roses.  Roses can be propagated by removing
the seeds and sowing just under the surface of the soil.  They are slow to germinate
and this may take months.  They usually require a period of chilling.

Rose hips have many uses.  They are one of the richest sources of vitamin C.  
They are often used for teas, jams and jellies, other beverages.  Current trials are
being run for their use in treating various medical conditions.

Rose hips are best harvested after the first frost and, because the seeds have
hairy coverings, it is best that they be removed.

Because of their high vitamin C content, rose hips are often used in the treatment
of colds and flu.  They are often used in the treatment of stomach disorder, diarrhea,
constipation, ulcers and like conditions.  Much of the vitamin C content of rose hips
is lost during drying, processing and storage.

For more information on rose hips, refer to the links below.  Web MD, especially,
has good information on medications, including vitamins and supplements.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-839-ROSE%20HIP.aspx?activeIngredientId=839&activeIngredientName=ROSE%20HIP

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22 comments:

  1. Hello! I love your beautiful photo! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Our Beautiful World!! I hope you have a lovely day!

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    1. Ros, so glad you visited my blog. I like Our Beautiful World and expect to be back often.

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  2. Hello, a beautiful shot, love the rose hips for decoration, so pretty!
    Thanks for your participation at "Our Beautiful World"

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    1. I learned a lot, myself, for this post. Wasn't really familiar with rose hips and all for which they are used!

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  3. Sure is lovely, thanks for sharing with us at OUr Beautiful World!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty. I really like Our Beautiful World. I expect to be back often.

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    1. You are right, dear rainfield. Our world is beautiful and you bring so much of it to us.

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  5. That was such an informative post!
    Great pic.

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    1. Thanks, Indrani. I didn't know much about rose hips till I researched them for this post.

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  6. Hi! Nice capture. Thanks for your imformation about rose hips.

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    1. I, too, learned quite a bit about rose hips, Minoru. By the way, your blog is wonderful.

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  7. That is some awesome information there, and of course, beautiful photos to go along. I go to SF every year, I need to check the botanical garden out next time. Thanks for sharing with us at Our Beautiful World and thanks for your lovely comment for my blog! : )

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    1. Is there a special reason you visit San Francisco annually ( other than that it is such a fabulous city )? I fell in love with it at 18, when I had a long stopover, en route to Hawaii. I was determined to live there someday and I've spent 35 years now in the Bay area - though, since retirement, I've spent nearly a year and a half in India.

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  8. So large they look like cherry tomatoes!

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    1. They definitely are large....and they look like they are about to pop open!

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    2. Joan, for some reason, when I click on comments for your blog, the comments box isn't appearing for me. Don't know what is wrong with my computer. I'll try shutting it down and rebooting...see if that helps.

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  10. A lovely photo Carmen, the red rosehips stand out in wonderful contrast to their white flowers and to catch a bee too about it's business...thanks for sharing with Our Beautiful World, cheers Robyn

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  11. Great photo. I love how you have captured the hip, flowers and bee.

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  12. Isn't it interesting how we don't visits some of the fabulous places our home town has to offer? I tend to only see some of my favorite places in Los Angeles when we have out of town company and THEY ask to visit!

    I've been to the San Francisco Botanical Garden once. It's a really special place. Glad you have the photos for memories.

    I hope you are loving India!
    xo jj

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