Friday Floral – Rose Hips!

Rose hips are the deeply colored round portion of the plant that appears after the blooms have fallen and contains the seeds of the rose plant. Rose hips are a fall favorite of florists, if you can get past the thorns, as they add unique texture and beautiful color ranging from bright orange to muted ochre and deep red. I can’t seem to get enough of these rich orange tones and I hope you will see why.

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Rose hips are said to have many health benefits. Typically taken by brewing in a tea, dried rose hips are very high in Vitamin C and are used to aid disorders of the stomach and digestive system as well as many other health issues.

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Besides their excellent health benefits, rose hips make a stunning addition to fall floral bouquets and centerpieces. The bright orange color is most readily available to florists and as you can see it adds beautiful pops of color and texture. These little buds handle beautifully out of water as well which make them excellent choices for corsages and boutonnieres.

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For the late fall and early winter weddings you will see evergreen foliage like cedar and pine start to make appearances. Rose hips along with other seasonal berries help to balance out the rough points of these greens while complementing those deep burgundy-toned florals.

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Fall is the time for unique texture and color with the vast number of berries that are in season. Don’t forget about the rose plant after the soft blooms of summer have faded and fallen, but be on the lookout for the rose hips. When the hypericum berry just won’t do, the rose hip may just be the hidden gem you’re looking for!


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