Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

rosa rugosa

on a trip this past weekend to Mackinac island, Michigan, i found this magnificent hedge of Rosa rugosa.  growing near the lake, this hedge lined a white picket fence that reminded me of new england.  Rosa rugosa grows almost wild on the island of Nantucket in the Atlantic ocean.  the climate for this shrub seems to be near the water, which allows this plant to just flourish and grow like nowhere else i have ever seen.

the bushes often form a hedge and flower, then leaving rose hips, which can be gathered to make potpourri or even perfumed oil.  i remember when i first saw Rosa rugosa on a trip to Nantucket in the early 90's and was captured by the size and beauty of this shrub rose.  i photographed my daughter Amy near the beautiful hedge.

here in very cold northern Michigan by the lake, spectacular Rosa rugosa grows.  i am so lucky to be living two hours from the beautiful lakes in Michigan.  the moderate temperatures, cool breezes and beautiful views cannot be matched by many other locations.  the climate is very similar to that of new england and the amount of shore line is vastly greater, offering more opportunity to find a perfect spot to live on the water. that is my dream.

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