Nothing is as intoxicating as the briny sea breeze engulfing one with the sweet smell of beach rose in full bloom! Since calling Maine home these coastal and unfortunately invasive plants have drawn my attention for their ability to thrive in the rocky, sandy, salt sprayed periphery of Maine. Originally an ornamental brought from Asia they spread rapidly through sea dispersed seedings up and down our Maine coast, in fact from Novia Scotia to Florida!
As an Artist I see them as magical and beautiful additions to our coast. I have yet to find out if they are a problem for other species of plants or animals but for now they inhabit my new work in a William Morris inspired manner. I did read recently that they are actually helpful in control of beach erosion, create safe animal habitat along the coast, and that their rose hips, which remain all winter, are a great source of winter food for coastal animals.
For now I will enjoy the summer blooms and use these beauties for inspiration-