What a rich colour that bud has before it opens. Just tonight I was admiring a big bush of mini wild roses that had a diameter about the size of a nickel. And what a scent for such a tiny flower. I bet these that you’ve found had a delicate scent too.
Yes, these have a delightful scent. They are fairly large, about an inch and a half in diameter, and once they start their bloom they can be seen just about everywhere in the valleys, especially near the river. They sustain the bloom for a long time too.
What beautiful color. My favorite of our few native roses is the white prairie rose, which looks similar to this one (apart from the color, of course). They are so delightful, and while I love many of the antique roses, these certainly dress up the countryside.
I have a small hedge near my vegetable garden that I believe are these … a lovely fragrance … and, oh, these are beautiful photos. I love that bud… Absolutely gorgeous. It is now my desktop background… 🙂
Actually, I think they are the same rose called by different common names in different places, but I don’t pretend to be an expert in identification of wild plants. My favorite reference book is “Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest” by Parish, Coupe & Lloyd. It calls Rosa woodsi a Prairie Rose and states that it is also called Wood’s rose. If I look at the Burke Museum website, it calls Rosa woodsi a Wood’s rose or Pearhip rose, no mention of Prairie rose. USDA Plants website simply calls it Wood’s rose.