Some early mature hips already

[attachment=0]rose seedlings 2014 128.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]rose seedlings 2014 127.jpg[/attachment][attachment=2]rose seedlings 2014 126.jpg[/attachment][attachment=2]rose seedlings 2014 126.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]rose seedlings 2014 127.jpg[/attachment] I think that the premature heat waves have produced some premature hip ripening. The Gemini x Rosa altaica are starting to turn also-but have had a lot of hip drop on those in the last two weeks.
rose seedlings 2014 128.jpg
rose seedlings 2014 127.jpg
rose seedlings 2014 126.jpg

It does appear the high heat period has triggered faster ripening. The early pollinations I made are turning colors, particularly those which color greatly. It makes sense, though. As if the plants “know” this is going to be brutal, so they’re making a last ditch effort to insure the species’ survival. I’m also seeing a lot of hips abort.

LOL, our roses are just starting to leaf out here in Minnesota!

Joe you are almost Artic though LOL. We had some unusual warm weather and my roses buds want to start growing again.

I’m finding the same thing, Kim. A pollination I did just 60 days ago looked ripe and stem started turning color. Seeds look mature. We’ll see if they germinate.