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Temecula Valley Rose Society

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The Valley Rose

December 2011   Roses   Vol. 22, No. 12

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President's Message

by May Olson

May OlsonT his month's General Meeting, on Thursday December 15th, will be replaced with our annual Holiday Luncheon and installation of officers for the following year. I wish to thank everyone who supported and helped me along the bumpy road these last two years as your president. My very best wishes to the incoming president and the new board. If there is one single thing that I would like to stress to all of our members, both old and new, is that without volunteers we will disappear. I urge each and everyone to think about what you would enjoy doing for your society and sign up to join our various committees as you renew your membership.

While there is still so much work to be done at Rose Haven, the garden's beauty provides us with a beautiful place where you can enjoy the fragrance in the air, the multi-color display, serenity and gentle breezes. I don't think we take full advantage of this magical place to stroll, or sit down. Not only can we appreciate the beautiful blooms but, as an added bonus, how gratifying it is that we can pick fresh vegetables from our "Tree of Life" vegetable plot. During the months of April and May this place is "Spectacular," and during the spring and summer what better place to have a picnic. We look forward to all the additions that are being planned for this community garden—the best Temecula has to offer.

Once again I would like to bring to your attentiion that for those of you who do not belong to the ARS (American Rose Society) they are now offering a 4-month trial for just $5.00 as they are giving a $5.00 discount to members of any rose society. This is a wonderful and once in a lifetime opportunity to find out if you would like to continue a regular membership after that.

I hope that you have all taken the time to look at the beautiful online pictures of our Little Rose Show held last month. It turned out better than we had anticipated and it was certainly very inspiring. Congratulations to Ellen Noel for the most perfect "Irresistible" mini.

Wishing each and everyone of you along with your families a very healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

See Rose Haven from Space

Google Earth has updated its satellie view of Rose Haven. Go here to see the garden five years ago and about April of this year.

Little Rose Show Photos Here

Photographs of the November Little Rose Show can be viewed here.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell
Rose Haven pond The Holiday's are here. If you are looking for a quiet respite from all your activities come on out and visit the garden. Some of our December days can be mild enough for a picnic, or walk up to the gazebo and vegetable garden to enjoy the view. There are plenty of roses and various plants blooming right now, and the pond is a serene delight.

Our garden committee meeting will skip December as preliminary research and bids for work to be completed has already been received. Outside labor to trim trees and prune hillside roses has been budgeted and donations received to pay for the work. Our next garden committee meeting will be January 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Also, another storage shed will be installed in the near future to house Rose Show properties and other items.

Volunteer pruning begins in January every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and please plan to attend the rose pruning demonstration scheduled for January 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Come out and join us—there's always something new to learn or encourage our new rose enthusiasts.

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

Youth Gardening Update

by Kathy Katz

The Youth Gardening Committee was all ready for our Third Saturday program for kids 12 and under when a day threatening rain wiped us out, again. We are wondering if we need to rethink our program, since we are so often rained out. We are considering other ways to get news of our program out. All ideas are welcome.

The Tree of Life vegetable garden continues teaching many lessons. The students have been very busy and few have come lately, but most of the weeding and a little planting is getting done. There are many plants and veggies damaged by critters but amazing is what has lived and produced anyway.

There are still lots of herbs; curry, lemon balm for tea and cooking, still some basil leaves and mints. Even a few leaves of these, raw or cooked, are often extremely beneficial for your diet and health.

A plethora of tomatoes continue to grow, with very little frost damage (my tomatoes at home were severely frosted). If you are worried that tomatoes are not ripening this time of year, just pick them as soon as they have turned color a little (yellow or pink) and ripen them the rest of the way at home, they will still taste better than most commercial tomatoes.

There are many ways to finish the ripening process, all explained on various web sites. No sun is needed. You can just leave them out on the counter, you can wrap them individually in newspaper and put them in a cupboard, basket or drawer, or put them in a paper bag and close the top. If you check every couple of days you will catch them at just the right stage for use.

If after a week or so they are still not ripening, try making fried green tomatoes. They do not need to be a greasy, deep fried product. Try dipping them in a little milk or buttermilk, then dredging in flour, corn flour, Matzo Meal or bread crumbs. Saute in a non-stick pan on both sides until golden. Finish with a few minutes in the oven. This method also works to make onion rings that are not deep fried but still terrific and healthy.

There are still squash and pumpkins up there. The blossoms are very healthful and good to eat (prepare like fried green tomatoes), and the pumpkins can all be harvested for roasting or other cooking methods. Many people like to roast the seeds, easy to do and fun to eat.

Please continue to help your self to the bounty and be careful stepping over the fence, or open it where you see a cut place.

Native and Waterwise Plants

Many of the tall grasses at Rose Haven, that are just gorgeous this time of year, would do just as well in your garden. The Mexican Margaritas are in full bloom and visible from far away. All of these plants take little water or care. The names and habits of all of them can be looked up and identified in the Rose Haven Book found in the garden shed.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30592 Pauba Road)
Speaker: May Olson.
Topic: Annual Installation of Officers.

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

December Birthdays & New Members

Roger Bell, Florence Blacharski, Frank Brines, Charlie Brodbeck, Thanh Jameson, Laurie Moss, Beryl Murray, Don Nordike, May Olson, Kevyn Perry, Jean Triplett, Bernice Wendt.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show Results - November 2011

by Virginia Boos
Rose of the Day - "Irresistible" (Miniature) - Ellen Noell

Class 1 - Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora
First: "Black Baccara" - May Olson
"Black Magic" - Don Nordike
"Ketchup & Mustard" - Ellen Noell
"Let Freedom Ring" - Don Nordike
"Love and Peace" - Don Nordike
"Opening Night" - Betty Dixon
"Sheer Magic" - Jim Moss
"Sunstruck" - Ann Coakes
"Veterans' Honor" - Don Nordike

Second: "Anastasia" - May Olson
"Della Reese" - Ann Coakes "Elizabeth Taylor" - Frank Brines
"Ingrid Bergman" - Don Nordike
"Lovers Lane" - Don Nordike
"Miss All American Beauty" - Bonnie Bell
"St. Patrick" - May Olson
"Secret" - Frank Brines
"Signature" - Ellen Noell
"Voluptuous" - Ellen Noell
"Welcome Home" - Jim Moss
"Wild Blue Yonder" - Phyllis Bettelheim

Third: "April in Paris" - Lenore Vogel
"Brigadoon" - Marian Mauch
"Dream Come True" - Bonnie Bell
"Fragrant Cloud" - Marian Mauch
"Fragrant Cloud" - Ann Coakes
"Gemini" - Marian Mauch
"John F. Kennedy" - Ann Coakes
"Oklahoma" - Bonnie Bell
"Opening Night" - Marian Mauch
"Peace" - Jeanne Brubaker
"Rock & Roll" - Virginia Boos
"Sweet Embrace" - Edie Ohair
"The McCartney Rose" - Edie O'Hair

Class 2 - Floribunda without Side Buds
First: "Oranges 'n' Lemons" - Bonnie Bell
"Sunsprite" - Jim Moss

Class 3 - Miniature without Side Buds
First: "Irresistible" - Ellen Noell
"Kay Denise" - Frank Brines
"Nancy Jean" - Ellen Noell
"Rainbow Sorbet" - Betty Dixon
"Rainbow's End" - Lenore Vogel
"Sun Sprinkles" - Betty Dixon

Second: "Chelsea Belle" - Frank Brines
"Irresistible" - Frank Brines
"Irresistible" - May Olson
"Loving Touch" - Virginia Boos
"Tropical Twist" - Betty Dixon

Third: "Rainbow's End" - Betty Dixon
"Tropical Twist" - Virginia Boos

Class 4 - Floribunda Spray
First: "Evelyn Fison" - Virginia Boos
Second: "Trumpeter" - Bonnie Bell

Class 5 - Miniature Spray
First: "Child's Play" - Betty Dixon

Class 6 - Any Other Type or Unknown
First: Unknown (apricot/pink blend) - Jeanne Brubaker
"Graham Thomas" - (David Austin Shrub) - Rebecca Weersing

Second: Unknown ("Don Juan"?) - Rebecca Weersing
"Eric Tabarly" (Large Flowered Climber) - Ellen Noell
"The Squire" (David Austin Shrub) - Edie O'Hair

Third: "Lady of Shallot" - (David Austin Shrub) - Edie O'Hair

Comments: We had a great turnout for this show. This was a great learning experience for all involved. Thanks to everyone who participated. Looking forward to an even bigger show next year. Arrangements were a fun addition, with 7 entries.

One caveat for future judged shows - be sure to check spelling and punctuation when making out your entry tags. As an example - Rainbow's End and Veterans' Honor (singular and plural). Also, look for any unusual spelling of the name, such as "Outta" instead of "Out of", or "'n'" instead of "and". The judges could disqualify your entry.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesW e gardeners know the satisfaction from the simple task of digging and turning over the soil to make something grow. We know without effort there is no reward. As you ponder the year-end harvest and holiday season, reflect on the efforts and rewards of the past year. Make plans and changes for a better outcome in the future. Evaluate your garden for effort to rewards and make changes. Decide which plants to remove and replace in the Spring. Remember that a change for a plant may also change it's reaction, so plan to give it to someone to enjoy.

With Thanksgiving over and preparations for the coming holidays I hope that your shopping expeditions haven't worn you out, but if they have, take heart: December is a relatively leisurely month in the rose garden, considerably more relaxing than going to the mall. However, while you do your online shopping, why not take some time to visit a few rose supplier web sites? There you can research the varieties they're offering for next year. It's always best to order roses early to make sure you get what you want. Many companies do not have catalogs for retail customers . If you find one that does, and you like to have hard copies then have one sent to you to peruse during the month. Also, when you're out and about, give yourself some time for a few quiet visits to plant nurseries and garden suppliers too. It can give you lots of ideas and you might find some bargains.

You still have time to follow last month's suggestions. Those included preparing the planting sites for new roses that you'll put into the ground in January or February. That advance preparation gives the soil a chance to settle down and become colonized by the good soil critters. You should also take some time to clear away debris on the soil surface; that will save you a lot of time and anguish later because it eliminates or reduces the presence of many diseases, harmful fungi, and other critters spending their winter vacations in your garden. A new layer of composted mulch is recommended any time before Spring—it can prevent all of the pests mentioned above, some spreading by splashing rain. We've already had a very welcome rain, but still a little bit below average. As predicted, the unstable La Nina forming out in the Pacific hasn't decided if it will bring us more moisture or present us with a drier winter.

Because you want to signal to your roses that it's time to slow down and prepare for the spring, there are a few things you can just NOT do this month. For example, don't apply fertilizer this month; also, don't deadhead—just leave the spent flowers and their rose hips on the plants. And don't prune the canes; instead, wait until January or February. Watch this column for announcement of pruning demonstrations in January at Rose Haven Heritage Garden. DO, however, remove the spent petals of blooms and discard.

I do encourage you to take a stroll through your garden every day or two just to keep appraised of its condition or need of any attention, and to imagine the great blooms you're going to have in the spring! Hopefully, you did a major ground clean-up from under and around the plants last month, including fallen petals, leaves and weeds.

Oh!! And let me make a last-minute plea: Rose Haven Heritage Garden needs more composted mulch. This year you can be one of Santa's little helpers by pledging a cash donation to buy a cubic yard or more of mulch. Every little bit will help replenish the dressing for our magnificent public garden and at the same time help us use water more efficiently. There is also a wish list on the website for any one to help with a donation. Contact me at the next meeting or send me an e-mail: All donations from anywhere will be accepted. Until next month, I wish you all the best holiday wishes!

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

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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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