I found this sprouting seedling the other day ago while cleaning out some of the pots of old leaves and other debris. As seen in the photo below, the seedling is sprouting right out of the hip. It reminded me of the time when I experimented planting whole rose hips directly into seedling flats and stratified them like that in the refrigerator. I had wanted to see if there was something about the hips that would inhibit the seeds from germinating. The hips had come from 'Avandel', a miniature rose, that I had learned many years ago from Carolyn Supinger of Sequoia Roses, was a good miniature rose seed parent. My experiment proved that rose seedlings are happy to germinate directly from the rose hips. The problem came when trying to separate one seedling from another because they all germinated together from the hip. It was difficult to separate them without breaking the fragile roots. This seedling too had a broken root, so was not transplanted, but it made me think again about how much living things are made to live.