Forget to deadhead your roses in late summer? No problem. At this this time of year rose hips are beginning to turn startling shades of red, orange, brown or purple. You can leave them on your rose bushes for decorative purposes, pick them to make rose hip tea, or cut them with long stems and put them in a vase. They make a delightful display on their own, or mix them with autumn flowers or foliage.
Or to make a fruity, Vitamin-C enriched rose hip tea, steep 1-2 tablespoons of fresh hips, or 2 teaspoons dried hips, in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or add a sprig of mint for a different flavour.
These adorable photos were taken by Loreta at All The Beautiful Things.