Rosa rugosa Hedge

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I planted this hedge of Rosa rugosa back in November 2010This species rose is also known as the Hedgehog rose because of its prickly stems. The two-year old plants arrive bare-rooted, in an open plastic wrapping with rolls of wet newspaper in the bottom to keep the roots moist. They can be transported in this seemingly brutal way because they are dormant, and the important thing is to stop the roots from drying out. If they can’t be planted straight away they can be ‘heeled in’ (planted temporarily in a small trench) until the planting area and weather are ready. I put these in roughly 60cm apart. Earlier in the year I had prepared the ground for planting, clearing it of weeds and applying worm casts (from our wormery that is fed with kitchen waste). This rose forms a lovely hedge as it grows fast, has dense tough foliage, and has flowers and fruits that provide interest through the seasons. It produces pink, scented flowers through summer and autumn. These are followed by large hips resembling tomatoes.

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English: I am the originator of this photo. I hold the copyright. I release it to the public domain. This photo depicts a Rosa rugosa hip. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I haven’t pruned the hedge since I planted it, but now it has thickened up I will give it a light pruning after flowering, just reducing some of the side shoots that are becoming a little ungainly. Besides supporting nature, the greenery a good hedge provides seems to promote a soothing atmosphere I feel we could do with a bit more of in London. So this hedge of Rosa rugosa is my small contribution to that!

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