|Rosa sericea ssp. omiensis f. pteracantha - April 30 2021|
This species rose, with all its surprising features (huge, red and translucent thorns and the only rose with four petals), is consistent in blooming at the end of April without fail.
I went to my back lane to throw a bucket full of black spot leaves and other garden refuse when I noticed my large (it is an aggressive grower so it has to be kept in check) sericea with its two small but startlingly white flowers. I smiled but became sad when I remembered that last year at this time I would have run up to tell Rosemary of the joy of seeing the first rose of the season.
I went a couple of years ago while in North Vancouver to Garden Works. I was looking at some roses when suddenly I felt a presence. I turned around and there was Rosa sericea accompanied by others and all very large specimens. It seems that good stuff can be found in at least three Gardenworks because Rob (North Van), Rob (Lougheed) and Darryle (Mandeville) are responsible for ordering stuff that suits their fancy!