The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms – Angelus Silesius
This beauty was overlooked on our farm up until this year. But the goats noticed her before I did. I’m horrified at what they’ve done to the lower half of her. She is a venerable shrub – rather enormous. Once she has done blooming, I will make some cuttings and give her children pride of place in our gardens. Not only is this Rosa Rugosa a beautiful thing, it is also a very useful culinary plant. You can make so much from the petals, but also from the great big hips that come at the end of the season. You can make everything from an elegant syrup to a luscious dressing for poultry.