Day Six: 5 December 2022: A rugged, wrinkled rose
In an ideal world, cottage gardens should overflow with a sumptuous abundance of perfumed plants, but achieving the ideal on the exposed western coast of the Outer isles is perhaps over ambitious. I have finally a managed to persuade some honeysuckle to tumble over the garden wall, but roses have proved to be more difficult. There is however, Rosa rugosa, often called the beach rose, which will grow on the coast in sandy soil.
There is a small scrubby patch which has become established just beyond our big hedge on the roadside verge. It wouldn’t win any prizes, but the insects love the flowers, the birds like the hips and I enjoy the perfume and the wonderful succession from bud to fruit.