poetry and prose about place

the colour of September #5 – red rose hips from pink roses

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I have the funniest rose bush in my front yard.


It bore double yellow roses for the first few years of its life.  Then, in recent years it has become a pink rose, with the frailest pink petals.


I know how this happened – not ‘alchemy’ at all, but an example of survival of the fittest.  The original yellow rose must have been grafted to the root stock of a common rose.  When the yellow rose stem died for some reason, the pink rose stock flourished.  I love my frail pink roses , especially at this time of year when they produce bright red, elliptical rose hips.


September 22, 2013  'red rose hips from pink roses'   Jane Tims

September 22, 2013 ‘red rose hips from pink roses’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2013   Jane Tims   

Written by jane tims

September 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

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  1. The watercolor picture is lovely. And, I enjoyed reading about how your rose changed colors over the years. I have vague memories of my grandfather talking about trees that reverted to their rootstock–but had never thought about how it can also occur with roses.



    October 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • Hi Sheryl. We’ve had apple trees revert to their rootstock too. Thanks for the comment!! Jane


      jane tims

      October 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  2. Watercolours and botany combined, Beautiful!


    Jane Fritz

    September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  3. As it is with life. Funny though that sometimes what survives is not always quite as beautiful as your roses.

    You will be coming into napa just before the rains and just after the vines have shed their leaves. I am not sure what you will see. In saying that the floral out here is amazing most times of year.



    September 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • Hi! It is true that the story of my rose bushes can be used as a metaphor for many of life’s peculiar twists. I am looking forward to seeing California and some interesting plants. Jane


      jane tims

      September 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  4. Beautiful, Jane. 🙂



    September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

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