When I garden, I pay attention to deadheading spent blooms. I cut off the old blooms so energy goes into producing more flowers rather than seeds. In the past when I had a rose garden, I would dutifully cut off spent rose blossoms. I don’t know how much energy was created to make my rose bushes flower more, but they looked well manicured. I certainly didn’t want any rose hips messing up my display.
Recently I read about rose hips being food for wild birds. That is when the light dawned! OMG! I never thought of rose hips as being bird food! Maybe because I never had any rose hips! No spent blooms > no hips > no bird food > no birds!
Then one day as I drove home from the commuter train station, I saw a lovely home with rose bushes on either side of the tall iron gate closed across the driveway. Those bushes were filled with a season’s worth of rose hips and a few late season flowers. The bushes were so lovely filled with the red rose hips! I was sure the home’s owner purposely let the spent blooms go to seed. I had no idea they could be so beautiful and determined to return with my camera to snap a few pictures.
So, here they are …. rose hip photos captured near the train tracks at the end of a rainy work-day.
Tell me what you see first. Rose hips that happen to be bird food? Or, bird food that happens to be rose hips? I think you would choose whether to deadhead rose bushes or not depending on your point of view.