Redleaf rose.

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While walking home from minding my plot at the community garden a couple of days ago, I came across this redleaf rose (Rosa rubrifolia, syn. R. glauca) growing in a nearby schoolyard. It reminded me of when we used to bring roses into the garden centre – we’d always order a few redleaf roses alongside all of the showier Mordens and Explorers and rugosas, but the customers were never thrilled about the “wild”-looking redleaf rose flowers. I tried to sell everyone on the foliage instead, but few people bit. I love them BECAUSE they look a little like our wild roses (Rosa acicularis and R. woodsii – see photos here).  If I owned a house and had the room to actually plant full size (read: large and slightly rambling) roses, a redleaf or two would definitely have a place.

What do you think of redleaf roses? Are you a fan, or are they not really your cup of tea?

Have a super-enjoyable weekend!  What are your plans – gardening or otherwise?  I’ve already done a pile of weeding this morning, but there’s still a frightening amount yet to tackle, and more rain in the forecast…. 

Flowery blurbs, volume 11.

This week’s Flowery Blurbs contains great links to a short-season veggie growing tutorial, some absolutely incredible extreme close-up photos of seeds, and a series of humorous cautionary tales about shopping in garden centres.   ENJOY!

Seeds Up-Close and Personal.

A short video created by the Millenium Seed Bank Partnership in conjunction with Kew Royal Botanical Gardens offers a little background on the seed preservation project and features some amazing photomicroscopy by Rob Kesseler.  If you click through the link below the video, you’ll find a TEDtalk given by Jonathan Drori of Kew Gardens, where he discusses the absolutely imperative need to keep saving seeds for the future.  As a bonus, you’ll also find some superb examples of vintage seed catalogue covers…the artwork on these is simply marvellous, well worth checking out!

Veggies for the Abbreviated. 

In the final talk of the 2012 Hort Week Speaker’s Series offered by Olds College, Peter Johnston-Beresford (Horticulture Program Co-ordinator) gives some excellent tips on what to grow in climates like Calgary’s – you know, with our two month summer and all.  Take a look at The Best Veggies to Grow in Our Short Season (and bear in mind that if you live in a region with a longer growing season, these vegetables may also be fantastic selections for your own garden!).

Garden Centre Giggle.

Finally, regardless if you’re just getting out into the garden centre or nursery to gather ideas until it is time to plant (we’re still fretting a little about frost and snow here) or if you’ve been out doing some earnest shopping, you’ll get a chuckle out of this series of photos depicting some merchandise to avoid at all costsHave you seen anything like these poor plants when you’ve been out and about this year?