Flowery Friday.


I have a lot of favourite roses, but this is my favourite favourite. I found this particular specimen of ‘Morden Sunrise’ at the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek, Alberta, in mid-August.

Flowery Friday.

Roses standard resize

I was out for a walk this morning and was delighted to find¬†that, despite some pretty heavy frosts of late, these roses were still blooming merrily away in a public square in the Calgary neighbourhood where I work. ¬†I’m afraid I don’t know what cultivar of roses these are – they are standards, which ordinarily I’m not entirely fond of, although they do suit the slightly formal garden beds at this particular site. These roses are a new addition this year to this beautifully-maintained spot and I hope they will survive our madcap winters to come.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! ¬†Do you have any plans (gardening or otherwise)? ¬†It’s currently storming like crazy here and snow is anticipated for tomorrow…I’ll be indoors with a few good books (at work!). ¬†ūüėČ

Flowery Friday.


Ah…spring in Calgary! ¬†I have no idea what coat I should wear when I go outside – in a five minute walk, it might pour rain or pelt icy snow or be so pleasantly warm you wonder why you put the coat on in the first place. ¬†I love this crazy season!

The garden was partly buried in snow earlier this week and is now gloriously muddy, so I’m admiring from afar the progress of my slowly emerging perennials (all that fresh green!) and the blooms of tiny crocuses, squill, chionodoxa, snowdrops, and muscari. ¬†Isn’t it amazing that the soil is still so cold and yet all this fantastic STUFF is going on? ¬†Even if you’ve been gardening in northern climes for many years, sometimes you just have to pause a moment to take in the absolute wonder of it. ¬†And how here, in the face of such marvels, I can’t even choose suitable outerwear. ¬†ūüėČ

In lieu of photos of spring-flowering bulbs, I want to show off another rose I found while touring Patterson Garden Arboretum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan last July. ¬†I love this photo because it’s a teaser…I still have yet to see the open flowers of Rosa ‘Hazeldean’. ¬†(If you’re curious, here’s a link to some images and a write-up of the breeding history of this hardy yellow beauty).

Have a wonderful weekend…and may you always have the right coat for the weather! ¬†ūüôā

Flowery Friday.


Rosa ‘Louis Riel’ – a real gem found at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) in July of last year. Love the blue-green foliage and the pure white single flowers! ¬†I’m not quite sure what the tag-along insect is on the uppermost bloom.

From Patterson Garden, University of Saskatchewan.

My hubby and I spent¬†a few days earlier¬†this month in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, so I could¬†attend some workshops during the University of Saskatchewan’s annual Hort Week.¬† I had such an amazing time and met so many nice people, plus I¬†learned a¬†lot about¬†plant diseases, insect pests and controls, and¬†Prairie-hardy trees¬†and¬†shrubs.¬† ¬†Over the next few posts, I’ll share some pics from the trip – this was our first time to Saskatoon and I was impressed with the¬†beauty of this¬†city on the South Saskatchewan River.

One of the stops we made was to tour the University’s Patterson Garden, a public arboretum.¬† We actually went there over two evenings because (a) it has so¬†many trees and shrubs¬†to explore and (b) the mosquitoes chased us out the first night!¬† The mozzies were INSANE while we were there – I’m not one of those people who are typically bothered by them, but I was practically eaten alive this trip.¬†¬† One of the participants in the insect pests workshop worked for the City of Saskatoon and he said that according to tests they had done,¬†the mosquito population hadn’t yet reached a record peak, but it was close.

Here is more information about Patterson Garden, from the¬†U of S’s website:

The University’s Arboretum was established in 1966 and contains one of the most diverse collections of trees, shrubs, and vines in the Prairie Provinces. Species from northern regions of the world as well as historic cultivars developed by pioneer plant breeders are on display. All specimens are labeled with common and scientific names. An invaluable reference for horticulture and botany, the picturesque site is also used for photography, field trips, and strolls.

The Arboretum is located in zone 2b of the hardiness zones of Canada, experiencing a sunny continental climate with cold snowy winters and hot summers. Despite climatic extremes many woody plants thrive here, responding to well-defined seasons and long hours of summer sunshine.

Patterson Garden Arboretum is a garden attraction¬†of Canada’s Garden Route. It is nearby to the campus area and is open to the public throughout the year, free of charge, from sunrise to sunset.

We came across this beautiful rose with fading flowers near the end of the second evening¬†–¬†it¬†is not¬†a named cultivar,¬†at least not according to the plate, which read:¬† Rosa 73846001 (J5 Rose).¬†¬† Most of the plants had their planting dates marked on the plates, but not this one, so I’m not sure how old it is.



I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  What plans do you have (gardening or otherwise)?

Show and tell: Rose edition.


Thursday morning found me up on Nose Hill again, where I discovered a large pocket of white wild roses.  Our two wild rose species, Rosa acicularis and Rosa woodsii, usually flower in various shades of pink, and I was delighted to come across white ones that were not simply pink blooms washed out by age or sunlight or drought.   Very pretty!

Other than a miniature rose with gorgeous pink blooms that my former landlady “lent” me about a decade ago, I don’t grow any roses at our apartment complex.¬† Fortunately, the mini hangs on¬†from year to year with my minimal care¬†– although¬†it was touch and go this spring.¬† For awhile there, I actually feared it had finally been done in by the weather, but it surprised me with its perseverance.¬† Good thing, too, because¬†my¬†former landlady still lives in my building and she regularly¬†checks on the plant (which¬†was¬†a gift from her granddaughter).¬†¬† It’s just starting to put on flower buds now, much later than usual…but I’m just so relieved it’s still alive.¬† Here’s a photo from 2006, when it was fairly new to the¬†garden. (I’m surprised to find that I don’t have any recent pics of it – I will rectify that once it blooms.¬† Of course, it’s not a whole lot larger now than it was back then!).



Okay, it’s your turn to brag about your roses…let’s hear about the ones that are performing best in your garden this year, the ones that you love most,¬†the ones you’re dreaming about!¬† Please feel free to put¬†up a link to your blog in the comments if you want others to check out any posts you’ve made about your roses – I know I’d¬†certainly be delighted¬†to see them!¬†¬†