Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beach Roses

I've been rather intrigued by the huge rose shrubs growing down along the boardwalk, but a little research showed that they're growing exactly where they belong.

Rosa rugosa is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on the coast, often on sand dunes.

In Japanese, it is called hamanasu , meaning "shore pear". In Korean, the species is called haedanghwa, literally "flowers near seashore".

Named for the wrinkled (rugose) surface of its glossy green leaves, this rose is a charmer that can soften and naturalize any area.

The sweetly scented flowers are used to make potpourri in Japan and China, where it has been cultivated for about a thousand years.
It took many attempts, but I finally managed to capture the bees enjoying the perfume too!

1 comment:

  1. vivid colors are so beautifully captured. liked the bees photo op as well.