Carolanne Collins
Pilot Mound, Mb, Canada
R0G 1P0
carolanne@arcticroses.com
Growing Roses in Canada - Zone 3

Welcome to my rose photograph site. Please browse through the different colored rose pages and click on images to get a larger view. I hope you enjoy your journey.

If you would like to have an 8 x 11 print made of any rose picture for framing - please contact me at carolanne@arcticroses.com. I would greatly appreciate hearing from you in my guest book and let me know which are your favourite photos.

In Canada, with 5 months of summer and the 7 months snow and cold, it is a tricky, some-what difficult process to get roses to grow here with our conditions, let alone get the great blooms...( I've had my share of disasters), but well worth the hard work and experimentation - and camera at the ready at all times - end result is some interesting images to enjoy in the winter.

There's a multitude of things that can go wrong - despite your best efforts and watchful eye - weather in the growing season - ice and snow, rains, gusting winds, hail etc, strange bugs chomping on the buds, leaves, blooms, unheard of fungus...and most importantly - wintering them.( after removing from pots and pruning, I bury them in a deep hole in the ground!!). If a miracle happens and I'm lucky, they will grow another year.

Growing roses in large pots helps to control soil mixture, watering, fertilizing and amount of sun.

It's fairly expensive, back-bending hard work, but, well worth the effort when you get good blooms and photos. 95% of the end result - the photo, is in the growing - Oh, and a little determination and a good sense of humor doesn't hurt either.

Choosing the right growing stock is important - that's why I try and 'winter' them so I have roses the following year.

I've been growing roses, mostly in the snow for 12 years - why? you may ask? - cus I love them. No two years are the same, but, with experience, and a lot of luck, I think I have the basics.

These are all my own images, taken by myself - (usually at 4 AM) and with the help of my very clever webmistress, Susan from Village WebDesign, I hope you enjoy this website and make yourself at home.

...Cheers, Carolanne

Sentinel Courier Article by Nancy Holman

Buried deep in the ground all winter, Carolanne Bayne's roses have now been unearthed.

Last fall, Carolanne buried 21 rose bushes in the ground in her Uncle Ez Collins' backyard-- totally covering them with three feet of soil so they would over-winter safely. In April, she and her assistant Jack Paterson dug them up, put them in a special rooting compound and planted them again in large pots. She has more new rose bushes she is planting this year, but those 21 plants that spent the winter underground are now healthy and sprouting green leaves.

Carolanne's roses are beautiful and that beauty can be viewed at her website www.arcticroses.com where her pictures of the roses are showcased. Carolanne notes that the trick to photographing the roses when they are "relaxed and dewy" is to get up at 4 to 5 a.m. and start snapping pictures at that early hour. The dew drops shown on the roses are all natural- it is not water sprayed on to them.

Carolanne is becoming famous for her gorgeous photographs of her roses. Some of her rose pictures will be featured in the May issue of More of Our Canada. The editors of Our Canada are also planning to do a feature on Carolanne and her roses sometime in the future in their garden section.

"In Canada, with five months of summer and the seven months snow and cold, it is a tricky, some-what difficult process to get roses to grow here with our conditions, let alone get the great blooms (I've had my share of disasters), but well worth the hard work and experimentation - and camera at the ready at all times - end result is some interesting images to enjoy in the winter," comments Carol on her website.
v Carolanne (Collins) Bayne is the daughter of Grant and Mary Collins. For years she worked as an accountant in Calgary. She has three daughters and four adult grandchildren.

In 2003 she "retired" and returned to her roots in Pilot Mound. As Carolanne says, "the word 'retire' doesn't really apply to small town Manitoba as you're busy with hobbies and volunteering." She is presently the Pilot Mound & District Chamber of Commerce president. She is also a gardener and rose photographer extraordinaire.