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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

Aug 2011   Roses   Vol. 22, No. 08

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonF or those of you who were fortunate enough to get away during our July "dark month" I hope you had a great time and we welcome you back just in time for our yearly August Strategic Meeting which consists of planning for Rose Haven's future, taking a look at our weaknesses, prioritizing our needs and finding new ways to bring them to fruition.

Our July "Sunset Celebration" was very nice and enjoyed by everyone. Please mark your calendar for the next one on Friday, August 19th. This is such a nice way to enjoy each other's company, get to know everyone on a more personal level and enjoy our beautiful garden.

A few of us had the pleasure of enjoying Carrin Greenfield's presentation on how to grill vegetables freshly picked from the Tree of Life. It was so good that we hope she will consider a repeat performance.

We send our deepest condolences to Simon Arnould for the loss of her husband, Jacques who passed away on July 12. The beautiful service was held at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City and attended by members of the Rose Society, theGarden Club and the Art League.

As a reminder for all our new members, the Board meets every
  Thursday and our General Meeting meets every 3rd Thursday. This month's Board Meeting will be held at the home of Ron and Sochie Rumbold. Our thanks to the Rumbolds for opening their beautiful home to us.

Report from the Tree of Life garden

by Kathy Katz

Veggie grilling at Rose Haven went very well Saturday. We picked some of everything that was ripe and ready. We learned two different techniques from Carrin G. Both, and began with cutting the veggies into small bite sized pieces and marinating in olive oil with lots of herbs and spices. We then folded the beets into a foil packet and threw them on the grill. Then the squash, tomatoes, peppers and whatever else went into a special pan with lots of holes in it. It wasn't long until all were cooked. Delicious. All the basil, thyme, sage, curry, and cumin are ready for people to pick. We need to get the flowers off the basil. Please enjoy.

I have tried to make sure that one of us checked on the veggie garden each day all summer, since the installation is new. We had some giant water leaks at first, then it got too dry. After July 27 I will be gone for about ten days. If anyone could check the water once in a while? Nadav and his employee John can be phoned, if needed. You all know my number.

The Tree of Life has been weeded once, but there are lots more weeds growing now. While the tomatoes are producing fine, it would be better if the trellis' were set up over them so they could climb and get off the ground. (The pounder will be in the shed. The stakes are up there on the ground.) I sincerely need help getting the rest of the dead Star Thistles into the dumpster. It is really easy to put them on the blue tarp, gather the corners, and slide them down the hill.

On a personal note, I gave in and got shots in my hip and back. They have not helped me much and it seems I will probably not get much better. Surgery is not recommended as it is a scar tissue rather than a bone-on-bone situation. While I should never pull weeds or carry anything really heavy, the light things you see me do are not likely to make things worse. Sitting down and bending really hurts, but I do what I can. I really appreciate all that you have done to help me.

P.S. We have another Yucca growing up and getting ready to bloom close to the one that has seeds on it now. (We will throw that one out after we harvest the seeds). Also, the Desert Willows are in full bloom, and they're just lovely. I will be able to get e-mails, Instant msgs and phone calls while gone. Sincerely, Kathy.

Sunset Celebration at Rose Haven Garden

Friday, August 19th, 6 p.m.
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula

Time for our next informal evening get-together to celebrate summer and enjoy our beautiful garden with the company of other rose lovers and friends. Bring your own picnic food, tableware, beverage, and a dessert to share (optional). We had such a great time last month we hope to see you all again. Take a look at the photos.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, Aug 18
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speakers: Various.
Topic: The program for the month of August is Strategic Planning. The various topics that will be discussed during the program and presented by members of the Board of Directors are as follows: Celebrate accomplishments of past year; 2012 Programs/CR Education-Docent Training; Rose Haven/Youth Gardening; Fundraising/Donations; Communications/Publicity/Facebook/Twitter/Website/eNewsletter; Nominating Committee/Board reorganization.

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

July & Aug Birthdays & New Members

Barb Purdy, Cheryl Miller, Dixie Coda, David Delisle, Annette Everett, Saundra Felker, Mi Ae Kim, Cordelia Snow, Jeanne Brubaker, Susan Trockman,Helene McCabe, Bonnie Bell, Doris Ford, Ellen & Louis Noell, Lyse McGonigle, Roberta Costa.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show Results - June 2011

by Virginia Boos and Lenore Vogel
Class 1 - Hybrid Tea
  - "Moonstone" - Don Nordike
  - "Chris Evert" - Lenore Vogel
  - "Golden Glow" - May Olson
  - "Chris Evert" - Kathy Turgeon
  - "Peace" - Jeanne Brubaker
  - "Dream Come True" - Bonnie Bell
Class 2 - Floribunda without Side Buds
  - "Home Run" - Bonnie Bell
  -"Oranges and Lemons" - Bonnie Bell
Class 3 - Miniature without Side Buds
 3rd - "Black Jade" - May Olson
Class 4 - Floribunda Spray
  - "Trumpeter" - Bonnie Bell
  - "Guy de Maupassant" - Frank Brines
Class 5 - Miniature Spray
  - "Jeanne Lajoie" - Lenore Vogel
Class 6 - Any Other Bloom or Unknown
  - "Veteran's Honor" - (Hybrid Tea Spray) - May Olson
  - "Altissimo" - (LCL - Large Flowered Climber) - May Olson
  - "Candy Land" - (LCL - Large Flowered Climber) - May Olson
Rose of the Day - "Guy de Maupassant" - Floribunda Spray - Frank Brines

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

August in the garden is a wonderful time. As the roses and plants are taking a summer break, so are we. Please stop by Rose Haven at your convenience and relax in the picnic area, embrace the quietness of the pond, stroll through the garden, and enjoy the soft summer breeze. Recently a mother duck and her brood of ten ducklings walked through the garden and jumped into the pond. What a delightful sight. You just never know what you will see.

Do you remember words by the Beetles "We get by with a little help from our friends"? Well, our neighbor with the alpacas brought his tractor and moved a huge pile of mulch out of the RCWD driveway and placed it next to the ROP Student area where it will be spread. Thanks so much, neighbor. In the 'Tree of Life' garden there are vegetables galore. Please take a look at this exciting area and how it is flourishing. Before we know it, it will be time to plant a winter crop.

A Sunset Celebration in the garden is scheduled Friday evening, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. It's a fun happening you don't want to miss. Also, keep in mind the 'Last Rose of Summer' event planned for Saturday, October 8th. More details on this later.

The next garden committee meeting will be Wednesday, August 24th at 9 a.m. All those interested are invited to attend. The address is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Keep up-to-date with our garden activities and photos on

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesH ow about this weather? It's very important in gardening. This has been an unusual, below normal, unstable weather system for the Temecula Valley. This month and next, continue the experiment in summer rose care that I suggested in June. This experiment is to determine if first bloom quality flowers can be grown in the Temecula Valley and to determine if a fall rose show would be possible.

After the June flush of blooms, you should have allowed the rose hips to form. The hips are the seed pods below the petals. Only remove the petals to maintain a cleaner garden bed and prevent any diseases from hiding in the rose debris or on the ground. Continue with consistent and adequate watering and reduced feeding program. However, make some adjustment for fertilizing for this experiment: Use a fertilizer low in Nitrogen (N), high in Phosphate (P), and higher in Potassium (K) than Nitrogen. (You can use organic or inorganic products, although I prefer organic.) If the package doesn't indicate the NPK, a good nurseryman or fertilizer supplier should be able to help determine this for you.

Plan on a light to medium pruning in late August or early September. This should produce blooms in about six to eight weeks. The first time you fertilize after that pruning should have a high ratio of Nitrogen–use what you were using in the spring–but I will remind you of this in next month's column. Anyone can use this procedure. Keep records of when and what you used to fertilize, water, prune, etc. I'll ask you to email me what you did and how it worked for you in future columns. I hope to get many reports, yours included!

As a side note: A portion of my rose garden now has shade cloth installed over it. I have noticed a difference in the quality of blooms and foliage during July. There has been a reduced burning of petals from the direct intense summer heat. I plan to extend this cover over the garden each July until cooler weather arrives in the fall.

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30500 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula, as well as our web site:

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TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2011: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9*,
Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10*, Dec 8.
From 10 a.m. to noon.
* Meeting location to be announced.

TVRS Member Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula
2011: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2011: 3rd Saturday. No meeting in July, August & December.
From 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rose Haven Garden Committee Meeting
30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula
2011: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22,
Aug 24, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 16.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2011: Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2011: Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.
  Activities for 13 & older are coordinated by Barb Purdy & Kathy Katz.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

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

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2011 Officers & Directors


President: May Olson
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Betty Dixon
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing


Rose Festival 2011: [Open]
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney


Simonne Arnould
Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Ann Coakes
Betty Dixon
May Olson
Ron Rumbold
Diana Smith
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing
Bernice Wendt
Peggy Whitney

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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