Thursday, October 4, 2018

Roses, Foxes, And The Mountie

Picking up where we left off yesterday, here is the topiary sculpture All Aboard: CPR 374, surrounded by floral growth. The 374 was the first Canadian Pacific Railway engine to take a passenger train into Vancouver all the way from Montreal in 1887. The actual 374 is on display today in Vancouver.

The Wild Rose represents Alberta. Rosa acicularis is both the official flower of the province and part of its coat of arms, and it happens to be one of fourteen rose species native to Canada. Apparently every part of the plant is useful, as First Nations peoples have known for thousands of years.

This is a new one, having had replaced a large one from the Royal Canadian Mint that was in its spot last year. The Little Prince's Rose takes its inspiration from a novella, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Saskatchewan is represented by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Horse And Rider. The province is home to the national force's training academy, and so Saskatchewan is home to the Mounties. This topiary features the familiar red serge of the dress uniform. 

Prince Edward Island is represented by Red Foxes, a mother and pup.


  1. The Mountie topiary is excellent. Oh the others are also but I like the Mountie best

  2. Just like yesterday, so much for the imagination. I love references to the Little Prince.


  3. It is amazing what they can do with flowers.

  4. Great pictures. It's uplifting to see them.

  5. Those foxy critters are everywhere on this island. They are a good symbol of this place. Great job done on those two. Thank you for posting.

  6. awesome, love it!! the train and the foxes ... cute! ( ;

  7. I agree with Marie, love those foxes. And there are lots of the real ones around here too. In fact, there was some fox poop on my basement window well last week. Cheeky devils!

  8. @MB: I agree!

    @Nancy: they are.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Janis: I did as well. I'd never read the story.

    @Marianne: it really is.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Marie: foxes are amazing animals.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Shammickite: I enjoy seeing a fox out in the wild.

  9. Hello, the flower critters are beautiful. I love the train and the fox. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  10. These are all wonderful! I do like the fox:)

  11. What fun! I also love the mounty, but they are all creative. :-)

  12. Oh la! Incroyable topiary creations here and last post, fabulouso!

  13. The people who make these amazing sculptures are talented and creative.

  14. @Eileen: thank you!

    @Rosie: there's a sweet sensibility to the fox duo.

    @DJan: they certainly are!

    @Grace: thanks!

    @RedPat: they're such a pair.

    @Red: yes, and it is a lot of work.

  15. What a wonderful serie. That sculpture of the mounted police Hhorse and rider is great.

  16. Such beautiful topiary sculptures! Love the cute fox!

  17. The creators must be so skilful with the hedge trimmers.

  18. Such an amazing amount of artwork goes into these floral sculptures. Very impressive.

  19. Those are impressive! I have never seen anything like it!

  20. Absolutely fabulous and so are your photographs. Tweeted.

  21. These are great, especially that Mountie.

  22. Amazing and beautiful artwork. My favorite are the foxes too.

  23. They is so much creativity in those pieces. Beautiful!

  24. The Mountie has to be my favorite on this post!

  25. Brilliant, and sure do love that Mountie particularly but the foxes are on my list too. Great photos William!

  26. @Jan: it was quite a treat to come to visit this again.

    @Tamago: cute seems to be the consensus for the foxes.

    @Fun60: it's a lot of work keeping these up. I saw people on that kind of duty during my visit. A good part of that involves watering, but trimming is part of it too.

    @Sharon: it is quite something to see in person.

    @Jenn: I have enjoyed coming each time I have visited.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Catalyst: thank you!

    @Bill: I figured they'd be popular.

    @Marleen: there really is.

    @Lois: he stands out!

    @Denise: thanks!

  27. So much lush growth and so far north!

  28. Wow they are fabulous. Enjoyed them all.

  29. I like all of them, but the Mountie is my favorite. Makes me think of Lars!

  30. These are such wonderful displays.

  31. I cannot fathom the work involved.

  32. Imagination, talent and a lot of work! They are really awesome living sculptures!

  33. They are all so beautiful, the work that must go into them is mind-boggling!

    All the best Jan

  34. these are awesome topiaries ~ neat photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  35. @Revrunner: they did well this year, considering how dry much of the summer was, but these are kept watered.

    @Happyone: I've enjoyed showing them.

    @Norma: Lars rules!

    @Kay: they are indeed.

    @Jennifer: it's a lot of work.

    @Sami: that they are.

    @Cloudia: definitely!

    @Jan: it's a great amount of work.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Klara: I agree.