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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

November 2010   Roses   Vol. 21, No. 11

Notice of Annual Meeting of Members of the Temecula Valley Rose Society: Click here to read the meeting announcement & obtain a proxy if you need one.

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonO ur "Last Rose of Summer" fundraiser could not have turned out any better. We had perfect weather, a great turnout, the yummiest of hamburgers and beautiful music. What more could you ask for? It just keeps getting better and better every year. There are no words that can express our thanks for the hard work by everyone involved in the set-up for that day, but especially the unbelievable hours put in by Ann Coakes. What a special lady she is. The 17-piece swing band led by Bob Coakes is amazing. It is no small task to load and unload all those heavy instruments at a public garden and give us two hours of beautiful music for free. They are all so deserving of our gratitude. Thank you guys; you make beautiful music together. Thank you, members and friends, for your attendance and your support of Rose Haven.

This month is a good time for all members to think about what you would like to be involved in for the following year. All committees need your creative input to help come up with ideas that will help us reach our goals for the coming year, and expand our appeal to the public in general. So....put on your thinking caps and I'll see you at the next meeting.

Last Rose of Summer

by Bonnie Bell

What a blast we had at the Last Rose of Summer event all made possible by the tremendous effort by Ann Coakes and her fundraising team. The swing band was perfectly placed to enjoy the music while Ann cooked her heart out. Beautiful baskets brought in extra bucks as Bernice Wendt held an auction. Thank you one and all who worked on bringing this event to fruition. The proceeds will be used for maintenance of our beautiful Rose Haven Garden. Pictures can be viewed on our website at

Ann Coakes & Friends

Benign Neglect Works

by Kathy Katz

My White Lady Banks Rose is in full bloom. I have grown them for years, both colors and in many plant zones, and while occasionally there will be a few blooms out of season, I have never seen anything like this. Part of the plant and the roots are under shade cloth, it does not get a lot of water or any fertilizer, I never prune it. Strange.

The Formal Garden

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Road)
Speaker: Ken Weaver (website:
Topic: Garden Photography.

The Spring 2010 gardens of members Don Nordike and Lenore Vogel were photographed by our speaker. Ken will share a slideshow of these gardens with us today. Ken will also give us pointers on how to take our own garden photos.

Ken was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Washington State University in 1968 in Hotel Administration, raised a family in the Seattle area, worked as a food service manager for several restaurant companies before entering the contract food service business with ARAMARK Corporation at the Boeing Company. He moved to So Cal in 2006 and retired in 2008.

Like so many people he viewed photography as an exercise in just taking pictures. During the 70s and 80s he did use a Canon AE-1 film camera to capture family moments but really never took photography seriously until 2008 when he retired from the food service management. First of all, going from a project manager position to retirement was liking hitting a brick wall.he needed something to do! For what seemed like the first time in his life he had the time and resources to focus on photography as a hobby.

Ken uses a Nikon D90 as his camera body and a variety of lens. He prefers outdoor photography and enjoys planning trips with photography as at least a secondary goal. He has also made photography a part time business. Through KENZ LENZ Photography he has sold his photography work and restored old photographs for clients.

Ken is a member of Photo Artists Network, a camera group affiliated with the Riverside Art Museum. His work has been exhibited at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Riverside, the Corona Public Library, and the Riverside Art Museum. This year his work has been entered in juried art fairs in both Carlsbad and San Clemente. Also this year he was awarded "Best of Show" and Blue Ribbon Award for Still Life in the Annual Photography Contest of the Temecula Valley Computer Users Group.

A light buffet luncheon will be served around noon. Guests are welcome.

November Birthdays & New Members

Jean Ardigo, Phyllis Bettelheim, Wayne Blizzard, Jane Brodbeck, Margaret Granlund, Denise Luber, Edie O'Hair, James Moss, Marta Pilling, Murray Triplett, Kathy Turgeon.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show Results – October Meeting

by Virginia Boos
Hybrid Tea: First Place – "Double Delight" – Carol Hudson
   First Place – "Black Magic" – Don Nordike
   First Place – "Brandy" – Don Nordike
   Second Place – "Gina Lollobrigida" – Don Nordike
Miniature: First Place – "Irresistible" – Ellen Noell
Miniature Spray: First Place – "Bees Knees" – Ellen Noell
Rose of the Day: "Double Delight" – Carol Hudson

Thanks to everyone who entered the show. Transporting and prepping can be a nerve-wracking task, so we all appreciate your effort. And my sincere thanks goes out to Bonnie Bell, Phyllis Bettelheim and Roberta Costa who managed the show at the last minute, because I was not well enough to be there myself. It's great to have friends!
Virginia Boos

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

What a pretty picture the fall foliage is providing at the garden. The roses are blooming, succulents are popping with color, and water-wise plants are bountiful. With the cooler weather it's the perfect time to come on out and walk about.

At our recent garden planning meeting we discussed grants, erosion control, irrigation, Hall of Fame plans, and a stable for the Ramblin' Rose Pony. Our next garden committee meeting is Saturday, November 20th. Our assignment after the meeting is to 'tag' dying roses in order to plan for replacements. Your suggestions for well-performing roses in our area would be greatly appreciated.

Our volunteers (gardening angels) are enjoying reduced work and cooler weather, and we still show up Wednesday and Saturday mornings to tidy up. In October we employed a landscape company to perform heavy work cleaning up the garden. Your contribution to the Last Rose of Summer event made this possible, as well as providing for future large maintenance needs. Thank you all so much for your support.

The address to the garden is 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, and a map may be found on our website.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesS uddenly it's November. It feels like Fall has arrived in Southern California. There is a certain chill in the air after a very unusually cool summer locally, and a transitional October, which brought some unexpected rain. I welcome the change. I was gone for the rain but my garden certainly seems to have enjoyed the change in weather.The still-warm days and not-to-cold nights and relatively low humidity are delightful conditions for rose bushes. After the September light pruning, the bushes are (or soon will be) flush with blooms. My bushes are producing some great blooms. And, as a bonus, we have the possibility of cutting some blooms for our holiday gatherings.

Our roses aren't quite ready to sleep yet and therefore are still hungry and thirsty. It would be good to fertilize until the middle of November with a low-nitrogen/high phosphate product; for example, fish emulsion, which provides plenty of micronutrients, too. Remember what the "NPK" numbers on fertilizer packages mean: "N" is nitrogen, "P" is Phosphorous, and "K" is Potassium. But what do those numbers really mean? Two things:

1) The numbers indicate how concentrated the product is on a per pound basis. For example, a product labeled "6-6-6" contains six times the concentration of N, P, and K per pound than does a product marked "1-1-1." This is why it's important to follow the package directions: If you applied the same amount of 6-6-6 to a garden as you did 1-1-1, you'd likely cause "fertilizer burn."

2) The numbers indicate the relative proportions of each nutrient. For example, a product marked 4-2-2 contains twice the amount of nitrogen as it does either phosphorous or potassium. When I suggest you apply a product that is "low nitrogen product," I mean the first number should be lower than the second and third.

As always, water your plants 24 hours before feeding to avoid fertilizer burn. Also, start cutting back the amount of water you apply now that the cooler temperatures have arrived. Roses like moist (but not wet) soil.

This is a great month to get garden catalogs and to order new roses to plant early next year-do it now, so you won't be disappointed later. Making plans now will make gardening easier and more fun. And because the weather is still warm and the soil slightly moist but not damp, it's also a good time to prepare the site for those new roses. Many nersuries will be preordering or will have new plants arriving soon for our best selections--visit early!

First, dig up the roses you want to get rid of. (Consider giving the old roses to friends, or bring them to the Temecula Valley Rose Society monthly meeting to be raffled off, or pot them up and save them for the Rose Haven Spring Plant Sale next May.) Next, fill the hole that's left behind with good rose potting soil and/or composted mulch; mix thoroughly. (If it's a spot that has never been planted, dig a hole about 18" deep and 18"-24" in diameter, remove about a third of the native soil, and mix what's left with rose potting soil and/or composted mulch.) Tamp down the soil. Between now and January or February, when you get ready to plant your new roses, the soil will have settled and been colonized by earthworms and other beneficial organisms.

One last thing: While the weather is relatively warm and dry, a Fall clean up will reduce the population of overwintering pests that are hiding in debris-and give you a jump on your cleanup for the spring and a healthier garden next year.

With all that done, sit back, relax, and enjoy the busy holidays ahead! For ideas visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, as well as our web site at

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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2010: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13*, Jun 10,
Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11*, Dec 9.
From 10 a.m. to noon.
* Meeting location to be announced.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2010: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2010: 3rd Saturday. No meeting in July, August & December.
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2010: Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23,
Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 20.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2010: May 20, Jun 17, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2010: Program is being redesigned.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

To see other events on our Society's Google calendar click here.

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2010 Officers & Directors


President: May Olson
1st VP (Programs): Rebecca Weersing
2nd VP (Membership): Sochie Rumbold
Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Rose Festival 2010: Frank Brines
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels
  Flowers for Friends


Jeannie Ali
Simonne Arnould
Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
Kathy Katz
May Olson
Ron & Sochie Rumbold
Joann Summers
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing
Bernice Wendt

Thank You to Our Friends

Erin's Tree Service
Pechanga Resort and Casino Grants
Corona Tools
Armstrong Garden Center
Agriscape of Murrieta
City of Temecula
CR&R Disposal
Riverside County 3rd District
Crop Production Services (formerly L&M Fertilizer)
Stater Bros. Market
Weeks Roses

For more information about our sponsors go here.

This newsletter is web‑published monthly for members. Temecula Valley Rose Society is a 501(c)(3) non‑profit corporation dedicated to the purpose of encouraging the appreciation, study, and culture of roses. Members are encouraged to join our affiliate, the American Rose Society, at

Our monthly Member meeting is held the 3rd Thursday of the month (excluding July and August) at 10:00 a.m. at the Ronald H. Roberts Public Library, Community Room B, 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula. A light lunch is served at 11:30, and guests are welcome.

Our mailing address is
 Temecula Valley Rose Society
 PO Box 890367
 Temecula, CA 92589-0367

Do not send any mail to Rose Haven Garden on Cabrillo Ave. – there is no mail box there.

For additional information please visit our web site at

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