Wednesday, 20 July 2016
A good year for the roses
It seems to have been a particularly good year for the wild roses - also known as Dog Rose (Rosa canina), at least here in the northeast of Scotland. The bushes have been loaded with flowers all through June and July, a lovely sight in the hedgerows.
The delicate pink flowers don't have much of a scent but are a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects. Later in the year the rosehips provide an important food source for birds, migratory thrushes such as Redwings and Fieldfares seeming to particularly enjoy them, and if you can get some ripened rosehips before the birds do, syrup made from wild rosehips contains twenty times as much Vitamin C as orange juice!