Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

The Miraculous Alberta Rose

On a recent walk down to the Arrow Lake and our local Heart Creek we encountered so many wild roses that I decided to devote an entire post to the Alberta rose, which is also native to much of the BC landscape. As an emblem, it represents our neighbouring province to the east. It is extremely hardy as far as roses go. It can easily take -40 degrees weather and raging blizzards, which are quite frequent in that corner of the world. It must feel like being in heaven here in our relatively mild Pacific climate. So here are five pictures of our recent evening walk. Enjoy.

My wife viewed through a frame of roses with the golf course in the background.

32 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. What a beautiful flower. I’m wondering if it would grow in the Texas heat, too, and – of course – if our deer woul dlet it alone.


      1. Thanks fir the info, Peter. So we could try them and just find out if the deer would leave them alone – which, to tell the truth, I doubt.

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      2. Vielleicht sollten wir es ja mal probieren, aber unsere Rehe fressen auch die Blaetter von unseren Bodarks, obwohl die Zweige ganz schon stachelig sind.

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    1. Yes, if you donn’t watch out, they would take over your garden. They are also the prickliest of all the roses. They can create a dense imprenetable hedge. My neighbour calls them irreverently ‘ball catchers’. Haha!

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  2. Peter, your beautiful Alberta roses look very similar to our Alaska roses. They, however, bloomed for about a week in June and are now forming reships that provide high vitamin C in the fall. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I came across a prairie rose quite similar to this one in the midwestern prairies a couple of years ago. That one, Rosa arkansana, is native to central North America, and can be found between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan south to New Mexico, Texas and Indiana. I’ve never seen it in Texas; I suspect it’s too hot and humid in my area.

    Like yours, the Arkansas rose is a beautiful pink, and simply formed. I confess to enjoying the native roses as much (or more) than the fancy ones favored by gardeners. There’s something about discovering one tucked into a prairie or gracing a waterway that’s just wonderful.

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