Thanks to a suggestion by our own Alex Waterhouse-Heyward -- and the enthusiastic follow-up response from our membership -- our website includes a yearly celebration of the first blooms of every new gardening season.
This year? Well...leave it up to gardeners in Victoria, BC to show us how well (and early!) gardens grow there. Crenagh E. shares this lovely photo of "Lady Banks" (Rosa banksiae lutea) with a 'first' bloom date of March 31, 2022.
You can view a larger version of Crenagh's 'Lady Bank's photo on the following page: And So It Begins! (The permanent link can be found on the main menu, under About Roses.) Be sure to check back regularly as we will be updating this page with photos of many more 'first blooms' from across the Lower Mainland as they make their seasonal debuts over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, we have included a number of links to Alex's blog posts about early bloomers which can be found on the same page.
Every year, many of our members throughout the Lower Mainland open their gardens to fellow VRS members to visit and enjoy the fruits of their labor and rosey inspirations.
We look forward to seeing you all at an Open Garden in 2022.