Initially I was planning on painting a beautiful white wild rose which I didn't know existed until I received a photo from a friend (thank you!) but, because I live on a creek that is lined with these roses and they are our provincial flower, I chose the pink rose instead. Of all roses, these are my favorite, a little rough around the edges but delicate, too. Though I have not been known to be a fan of the colour pink, I love how these flowers change from a magenta to a soft pink as they bloom.
When my eldest daughter was very young we lived on an acreage she and I used to collect the rose hips to create a vitamin C rich tea. Apparently they can also be used to make a delicious jelly. First Nations' people were known to use the plants medicinally as a tonic or diuretic and the thorns as fishing lures.