Monday, 27 April 2015

A to Z Challenge: W is for Wild Rose

This month, I’m taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, the annual event where hundreds of bloggers write 26 blogs—one for each letter of the alphabet—and post them each day of April, except Sundays. This year, I’m blogging about: THINGS THAT GROW IN ALBERTA. Don’t forget to check back daily and leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr or via email at I’ll randomly pick a few winners who will WIN a SIGNED copy of one of the Chase “Superman Duffy” comics.

Did you know that the wild rose is Alberta’s provincial flower? It’s a flowering shrub with pink petals and it grows pretty much everywhere throughout the province, including on my grandparent’s farm.

Wild roses bloom in early summer, and like lilacs, they don’t last very long. Still, Grandma says they’re some of her favourite flowers because not only do they smell great, they also don’t require a lot of work—just a light trim in the fall. They are certainly not like some of the other rose bushes she has in garden.

I looked up more information about the wild rose for this blog post and learned this:

“Alberta adopted the wild rose (Rosa acicularis) as its official flower in 1930. The editor of an Edmonton newspaper suggested that a provincial floral emblem be selected. The Women’s Institutes took up the suggestion and passed it on to the Department of Education, and the province’s schoolchildren made the final choice.” — Alberta Government Website

Cool, right?

We’re down to the last four days of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, and it’s been fun, but I am looking forward to getting back to writing my short story. I haven’t had much time with all this blogging!

Speaking of writing, if you want to learn more about writing haikus—since it IS International Poetry Month, at least for the next couple of days—check out 5-7-5 Errand Boy, one of the Chase “Superman” Duffy books. You can WIN a signed copy just by commenting below or on any of my social media links listed above.

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for a tricky letter X.

— Chase Superman Duffy

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