Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hip, Hip Hooray for Rose Hips!

By now, most of you know I love my garden and flowers and one of my favorite parts of fall is drying flowers!

This year I've dried a bunch of hydrangeas, that I have not put to much use, as of yet.  Think I'm going to make a wreath or my just give them to family and friends for bouquets.

I blogged a while back about a mixed bouquet of flowers, from the garden, that I dried.

This week, I scored a BUNCH of dried rose hips. 

In this part of Oregon, wild roses can often be seen growing in fence rows and ditches along country roads.  Just so happens, this year I spied a small bush in front of my son's place BEFORE somebody cut the whole thing down or the highway department had sprayed it with weed killer. 

So, sweet son that he is, he went out and cut this for me, this is a leather gloves and long sleeves job.....they are prickly "critters".

rose hips 001You may remember that I placed a white enamel pitcher full of dried Hydrangeas and a bunch of Dollar Store Eucalyptus on the front porch for my fall redo, recently.

Well, even if there is no sun the UV rays will take the color out of everything, including dried Hydrangeas, very quickly.

rose hips 003The Hydrangea faded to tea color but the Eucalyptus kept it's color because it was dyed, not natural, blue!

So, I tossed the faded Hydrangeas, saved the Eucalyptus and filled the pitcher with rose hips and the recycled Eucalyptus!

rose hips 009 rose hips 006rose hips 012 Then I had some fun moving the pitcher full of rose hips around the yard and taking pictures....we lucked out and have had another beautiful sunny Sunday, take advantage of it, I say!

rose hips 011  Jack dog feels a need to give an opinion on every subject and be close at hand in case there are questions!  You can never have too much help!

rose hips 014  One more photo all the textures surrounding the white enamel pitcher sitting on a weathered log.

Finally, the pitcher full of rose hips and Eucalyptus is back on the front porch......adding a nice touch of fall color!

rose hips 016Looking at this photo, I think I am going to add some more branches to fill in a bit more....otherwise,  it's a nice welcoming touch of color.  The house is really green,by the way, not as blue as this photo looks.

So, here's where the rest of the rose hips ended up!

rose hips 2 002  In the corner of the dinning room under some of my art work.  Do you know what the container is, she asks????

In a its former life, it was a newspaper box, do you remember when they were metal, not plastic and were attached to the side of your house.

Back in the day, Portland, like many big cities,  had TWO daily newspapers, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  This box was for the Oregon Journal that was delivered every afternoon.  I was going to look up the year it went out of business, but didn't, so I am guessing the 1960s. 

This is a nod to my newspaper days, I worked for weekly papers for 25 years.

rose hips 2 004 Again, I love all the red rose hips in the  rusty, faded orange metal paper box, wicker and shutters! 

I'd like to tell you the fuzzy, out of focus photo was done on purpose, but you wouldn't believe me any way, oh well!  You get the idea.  Hope you enjoyed.

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Sharon said...

Lovely pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

Journal Swag said...

Oooooooooooooooo, I LOVE rose hips! I had them at our former house, but none here. I hope they are being enjoyed, I ADORED them! Great pics, girlfriend!


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Donnie said...

They really look nice. I have quite a few rose bushes up north and have never done anything with the hips.

Fresh Linen said...

Just lovely, great pictures, pretty, pretty.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Saw you at TTT. I like your rose hips. Never have heard of that. I would put some in my home too.

Jacqueline said...

So pretty and I love how Jack dog is supervising the decor! The naturals are just beautiful, wherever you put them. Visiting from TTT.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh they are so pretty. Love the rose hips, what a special treat to have them. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin those pretty rose hips....sooooo PRETTY!!!


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Rebecca said...

I love Rose hips for decorating around my old home-what you did with yours is lovely!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Beautiful photos--thanks for sharing!

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

What a great idea! I'm so late looking at this, but am glad I did because I'm going to be on the look out for rose hips now (though I think I'll have to get them myself!).

-Jami @ An Oregon Cottage