Andrea and I bought a rose in 2007 because it was so beautiful and planted at our place on Irma Road in Kelowna, BC. It kept looking beautiful every year. In 2011 we found an old farm house out by the airport to live and we moved the rose. The roots were twisted into the shitty soil below and it was rough to get out, not a gentle move. However, it thrived once transplanted and looked beautiful every year at our new home on Bulman Road.

We loved the place we lived in. It was out of the city, I put up a shop where I could do some work I love to do, we had a great garden and the rose looked beautiful every year. Our landlord passed away in 2016 and I was sad since he had became a friend as well. In 2017 the City of Kelowna forced the sale of the land to them for future airport expansion and wanted us out of our home in 60 days or less.

We didn’t bother to even look for places to rent in Kelowna because there are so few and if you happened to find one you would pay twice as much as it was worth. So, we moved to Edmonton. I was able to transfer. I could not move much of what I had and lost hundreds of dollars each day I woke up during the move. However, the rose had to move with us. It was dug up on the morning we left. All tools were packed. Gordon used bars and boards to roughly pull it from the ground. It was the last thing in the truck but after the abuse to it we did not believe it would survive.

We put some more dirt in the pot once we got to our new place in Edmonton and trimmed the rose. It did not look good. However, a month later leaves began to grow. I gave it a little fertilizer and in another month a bud appeared and the rose bloomed. It is still a beautiful rose that only wants to live and share its beauty.

rose_survived_800Since the winters are a little colder in Edmonton than in Kelowna, because this rose only wants to survive and grow with us, I built it a new home where it will be in good soil, have protection in the winter and, be able to grow and share it’s life with us.