Summer. To me this means sand castles and seagulls, swim holes and wild blueberries, sun tea and harvest baskets over-flowing, and flowers…always flowers. Growing up in New England and spending time every summer on Cape Cod means one flower in particular stands out in my memories as the essence of summer- the Beach Rose aka Rosa rugosa.

Native to the shorelines of Japan, Northeast China, and Korea, Rosa rugosa was first introduced to Europe around the 1770’s.  The date of its int...

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