Ditch Roses


Sadly we say goodbye to July, it has to be one of the coolest July’s on record in Minnesota. What happened to global warming? At this rate we will have a non summer here in Minnesota, truthfully the early mornings feel more like September than July..it was 45 degrees the other morning. I am feeling the wildflower clock ticking..so little time..so many wildflowers to photograph.

I continue on my wildflower quest, ditch walking..I zigzag from one side of the road to the other. Chance runs back and forth from one side of the road to the other, and between Far Guy and I, he has no idea what I am looking for..but often ends up in the photos. He is becoming quite a ham, I think he has decided that modeling and posing for me is his new job. Far Guy brings up the center with the car. When we get near the end of the stretch, or the bugs get too bad, I stand in the middle of the road..I wave my arms and Chance sits obediently by my side until our ride arrives. These peaceful evenings on the prairie after supper are my favorite time of the day. We pick back roads where there is no traffic..gravel ones. If there is traffic..we can hear them coming or see the dust cloud approaching.

Recently we encountered what I will call Ditch Roses..there are many different kinds growing..I have not sorted them all out, there seems to be some seedling variation, and the cooler than normal weather has made every little seed they dispersed in years past, grow and bloom this summer.


Some have thorns, some do not, their colors range from hot pink to pale pink.

They are a mystery to me.. a very pretty little mystery:)

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One Response to Ditch Roses

  1. Geri W says:

    The wild roses are one of my most favorite. In alaska near Fairbanks they grow 7 ft or better with a carpet of flowers all the way up. They are heaven sent.

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