This week the flower in focus is the lovely rose hip!
The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species.
Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.
Rose hips make for fantastic Autumnal arrangements and although it starts to be a bit late for them naturally, they also look great in Winter displays.
It should be mentioned that these berries can be used to make herbal teas and even jams and syrups! However, if you buy them from a florist it isn’t advised you consume them in any way as they have be grown specifically for the size and colour of the fruit, not the taste!
Your florist should be able to get them in long stems for bouquets and large arrangements, but typically will have the shorter stems as they are cheaper.
You may also find them made into wreaths like this one. These make amazing door wreaths for those who have a dark coloured front door as the orange/red colour of the berries really pop!
Go to http://www.leafypineflowers.com to get a seasonal bouquet now. All you have to do is type in that you want rose hips and we will get onto it right away!