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Roses and permaculture?

 
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you don't have to grind the rose hips to powder to use them in tea. put them in whole and steep longer.
 
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My skin was feeling irritated from our first bout with the summer sun and hot days. So, I decided to try making rose water. Hands on time was about two minutes, waiting time about 25 minutes. It made a lovely, free facial wash and immediately calmed my skin down. I'll be repeating that all summer long.

 
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great idea. I've got so many roses right now, that I have been giving some to the goats (they love them)... just the ones that the petals are about to drop anyway. It should take no time at all to gather plenty, and my skin can always use help. thanks for posting
 
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An addendum to the rose water, you may apply a little as a final rinse for lasting fragrance to your hair.
Rose water lemonade. Seriously. Try it.

Make rose extract same as you would vanilla extract with bourbon or vodka. Rose shortbread cookies are so divine!
 
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You can put rose petals in honey and the honey takes on the flavor of roses, but moisture also goes into the honey. Therefore it may no longer prevent things from growing in it. Once you have the rose infused but more watery honey, reduce the moisture, refrigerate it or freeze it or something. It is wonderful, and worth the bother, but I just don't count on it being nonperishable as proper honey is.

You can also layer rose petals in what ever kind of sugar you use, and it will flavor the sugar.
 
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Roses "clone" or grow their own roots too, very well.

I love to watch for the foliage condition as the year progresses and choose to take cuttings from bushes (or climbers) doing well toward autumn.

Usually just put them in dirt, two or three nodes (de-leafed) maybe with a vertical score or two to induce root growth.

Pictures soon. Once a cutting strikes roots Roses do well nestled up with other shrubs or trees or fences. Free and beneficial :--)
 
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Susan Lenore Stanley wrote:Roses "clone" or grow their own roots too, very well...  Free and beneficial :--)



Oh so true.  I have species rose (rugosa) growing all over my homestead, almost all the result of root suckers taken from only a couple of original purchased transplants.  Why?  Because why not?!  They're free and seem to thrive here (although after five years some of my original, once vigorous bushes are severely dying back - don't know what to think about that).
 
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Matthew Nistico wrote:

Thekla McDaniels wrote:A locally owned nursery has a highly fragrant thornless variety of our local wild rose.  They found it hiking, took a cutting, propagate it.  I just found it this summer and brought one home.  (pricey in a 5 gallon pot!)   It has taken root, and settled in well.  Several new stems from under ground.  I have no idea what the hips will be like, or how much it will spread ( I hope it will spread to the goats' side of the fence).  Will have to wait til this time next year to know.

Certainly if it does thousands of wonderful things, I'll let you all know, and encourage the owners of the nursery to propagate the plug size for the mail to  permies business.  They also propagate silver buffalo berry from wild gathered seeds, and many other fine native to this area or xeric plants.

I was going to say they do not have a website, but look how wrong I am!  http://chelseanursery.com/

great people, but I don't know if they ship.

Thekla



A thornless wild rose?  If indeed it demonstrates good qualities, they may have stumbled onto a real gem there.  They should name it and start propagating, if that ends up the case - they may have a money-maker on their hands.

 
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