First to Show – the start of the Roses

Rosa pimpinellifolia  aka. the Burnet rose.

One of the first roses to come out each year and what a ray of sunshine these blooms create when they appear.


Such a delicate looking rose bloom but don’t be fooled. This is not a rose for the faint-hearted. R. piminellifola is very thorny and suckers wildly. A firm hand is required to keep her where you want her to be.


Planted in part shade in sandy, rocky soil, this rose thrives. Would be very suitable for a wild garden. or a sandy location near the ocean. This is a once bloomer so after a month of bloom, I just whack her back and ignore her till the following year.



Winter Interest


Winter in the garden

I know that here on the west coast of Canada, our winter weather is very gentle compared to other parts of the northern hemisphere. Winter here usually means  plenty of cold rain, shorter days and a few freezing cold spells. Making a garden interesting through all 4 seasons can be a challenge as the rains and frosts eventually finish anything that isn’t an evergreen.

It is always a bonus when a plant looks interesting for more than one period of the year. A number of roses in the garden remain interesting because of their rose hips. They will keep their colour a little longer into winter. The species roses and their close hybrids tend to show the best hips .

Species rose hips

There are still some fantastic, flouncy seed heads on clematis Tangutica. Like feathered pompoms, c. Tangutica’s seed heads right through an old pear tree and into a rambling rose Lykefund.


Clematis Tangutica


Seed heads of clematis Tangutica with rose hips of Lykkefund