Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hip Snip

This is a rose 'hip' from my Rosa 'New Dawn' climber in a previous year.

The hips haven't turned red-orange yet this year. In an ordinary year, most of my climber's hips turn brown or black and shrivel. I spent a few minutes today pruning these ugly hips off the plant, leaving the healthy green ones to turn red later this autumn.

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