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The Valley Rose

November 2012 Roses Vol. 23, No. 11

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President's Message

by Frank Brines

Frank BrinesT he Last Rose of Summer and Autumn Treasures Floral Design Show was enjoyed by all who visited. The weather was slightly dreary to begin but later became a good day to be outside. Once again Rose Haven Heritage Garden was the focal point for the year's 2012 Last Rose fund raiser. Our talented and devoted volunteer members helped make this event happen. The quality and pictures of plants for sale with culture/care instructions was immensely helpful and presented a professional appearing table of plants. Your yummy cookies, floral arrangements, enthusiasm and welcoming smiles helped make this fund raiser. The attendees' enjoyed a day of relaxation. There was many activities in the area that day so we are thankful for those who came to visit and share Rose Haven Heritage Garden with friends and family. A highlight again was a guided tour of the garden.

Cindy Myers from Project Wildlife was the major hit of the morning. She brought a live bat to show and tell and presented an interesting talk about the history and life of a bat. Adults and youngsters all enjoyed hearing and interacting with Cindy and answering quiz questions to get a bat ring. Our own directors of the Youth Program were instrumental in scheduling Cindy's presentation. A special thank you to Barb Purdy for her diligence and work in making this happen.

Thanks to those members who have adopted small sections of Rose Haven some gardens are being maintained on a regular basis and are looking great. These members have stepped up to the plate and are sharing the care of Rose Haven which lessens the need for all but major problems in those areas. Still there are areas in need of being adopted. This "share the care" program helps keep the complete garden looking better and frees other adoptors to better manage their adopted areas. Your help in caring for a small area would be greatly appreciated. Contact Phyllis Bettleheim to learn where help is needed.

In an effort to keep our society members informed as well as the general rose growing community of better growing culture practices and newer products our societies Consulting Rosarians, Rebecca Weersing and I attended a seminar directed by Tommy Cairns in Whittier, CA on October 20. The presentations given by all speakers were pertinent, interesting, and educational. All in attendance felt it was the best seminar to date. A lot of new ideas, plans and events was shared. Mr. Hal Reynolds, the new ARS Pacific Southwest West District Director, shared his plans and ideas for advancing our district in the future. The new web site address for the District is at PSWD is The new site is more user friendly and the new web master will be easy to work with. Take a look at the web site to see what is happening in our district.

It is again the time of year to think about nominating and electing officers. Watch your email for announcements. Plan to attend member meetings in November and December for sharing and hearing of new plans for future.

The November 8 Board Meeting location will be at the home of Frank Brines, 23738 Fieldcrest Lane, Murrieta; 951-315-9632.

Youth Gardening in October

by Barb Purdy
Bats in the Garden: What is more appropriate this time of year than having a bat in the garden. Our talented speaker Cindy Meyers not only provided the bat, but she also helped us understand the importance of this often misunderstood and helpful mammal. Cindy made each attendee feel welcome by rewarding each guest with a bat ring for guessing the answer to her bat facts questions. She also visually helped us understand echo location and dressed up a child in a bat costume so we could see the different bat wings, tails etc. that make each type of bat different (see pictures). Cindy has a gift for working with bats and children and we were very happy that she was willing to share her talents with us.

Bat Lady Cindy MeyersBoy in bat costume

Tree of Life: As October comes to an end and Halloween approaches, it was time to harvest our pumpkins. We didn't have as many as we could have due to critter damage this summer, but we had enough to share a few with our dedicated volunteers. October was a busy month and still relatively hot so we barely got a winter vegetable crop seeded at the end of the month. Please stop by occasionally to watch the progress of the winter garden. We are working in the vegetable garden with our student volunteers on Saturday mornings and we can always use more help in the garden and with organizing the volunteers.

Ripe pumpkin

Grocery Cards Benefit TVRS

Dear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Script/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a $100.00 Script Card will let you spend $100.00 for groceries at Stater Bros. There is no extra expense or donation coming out of your pocket and the Rose Society will get a $6.00 donation for the upkeep of the Garden. Your support is greatly appreciated. See Ann Coakes to order Cards. Tel 951 693-5635.

Garden Chat

Please enjoy the "Garden Chat" articles from Kathy Katz available on our web site at

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room ( 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Kathy Swanson, Master Gardener
Topic: Rose Propagation

Kathy Swanson is a UCCE Master Gardener, Member of the Master Gardener Board and Coordinator of the Speakers Bureau, Master Composter, board member of Victoria Ave Forever and a member of the American Rose Society, also President of the RainCross Rose Society. Board member for Kids and Roses through the American Rose Society.

Her love of gardening started at an early age, but not until she bought almost 2 acres in Riverside in 1988 did she really learn and apply her skills. She now has a grape Vineyard with 100 Zinfandel wine vines, Fruit orchard with 16 different fruit trees and Citrus grove with 8 different kinds of citrus, berry patch, ponds, Raised Vegetable garden, about 1000 bulbs, butterfly garden, Herb garden and Rose garden. Raises steers, pigs and chickens in a chicken tractor which moves from raised bed to raised bed in her garden to fertilize the beds.

Kathy LOVES her garden and practices organic Gardening, Composting, and water wise gardening with miles of drip irrigation, Vermiculture, companion planting, to attract visiting birds and butterflies, eatable landscaping, She is also a Rosarian, and an active gardener.

Has been featured twice on the Riverside Utilities Radio program, Green Power. Kathy's presentations include Rose Basics, Composting Basics, Protect and Nurture the soil, Edible Garden/Landscape, Herbs, Bulbs, Raised Bed Vegetable gardening.

Besides gardening, Kathy's other interests include her first grandchild, Horses, Chickens, worms, Quilting, beer brewing and wine making with her husband.

A native of California and a past Riverside City employee, as the Landscape Inspector of the beautiful Victoria Ave and the Historic Downtown area.

Volunteering has been a way of life for her from Room mom, team mom, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.

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

December: Christmas program and installation of officers.

November Birthdays & New Members

Edie O'Hair, Ray L. Jacques, Jean Ardigo, Margaret Granlund, Marta Pilling, Wayne Blizzard, Yolanda Hepburn, Jane Brobeck, Lorraine Kline, Warren Wendt. Cheryl Mathews, Jim & Laurie Moss, Phyllis Bettleheim, Kathleen Turgeon.
New Members
There are no new members this month.

See Last Rose (Show) of Summer Pictures

The Show was a great success. Photos can be viewed here.

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

With the arrival of longer and cooler nights in late Fall all the plants in the garden have perked up remarkably. We have a new addition of several crepe myrtle trees recently planted along the hillside path which will add spectacular color and shade in the hot summers to come. Member donations specifically for the trees were greatly appreciated. Also, Frank and Wayne acquired many white roses that are being planted along the path leading to the gazebo. Flowering peach trees will also adorn the path in the near future.

The Last Rose of Summer event was great fun and seemed to be enjoyed by all. Sales and donations will be used for maintenance of the garden. Thank you all for your participation. Here is a photo of May Olson and her winning arrangement entry. To see additional photos on our web site go to Last Rose of Summer.

 May Olson

At the October garden committee meeting we discussed additional enhancements in the Hall of Fame area and a split-rail fence Eagle Scout project, both of which are to be completed in the near future. Our next committee meeting is Wednesday, November 21st at 9:15 a.m. Address of the garden is 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula.


A Brief Overview of Basic Rose Arranging - Part 2, Line Mass

by Frank Brines

I n last September's column, I discussed the basic elements and principles of design. I also introduced you to one of the traditional styles: the "Line Arrangement." This month, we'll discuss another traditional style, a variation on the line arrangement called the "Line Mass."

As the name implies, line-mass arrangements are a combination of line (borrowed from the Orient) and mass (borrowed from European Period Arrangements). This design should remain light and airy and retain the identity of an interesting line. You have probably noticed that all arrangements have a focal area. In a Line Arrangement, that is usually the largest rose. In the Line Mass, the focal area is fortified with plant material, but the silhouette is still fairly open. The focal area should not be so large that the arrangement can be considered a Mass arrangement. (More about that style next month.)

The characteristics of the Line Mass style are:

1. Dominant line has more plant materials than a Line design
2. Design is light and airy
3. Has length, width, and depth
4. May show gradation of size or shape
5. May show gradation of color, tint, or shade
6. Has some closed space

As these characteristics show, the Line Mass style allows the designer to incorporate other colors, textures and plant materials; for example, spiky plant materials can fit into this style very well. As with any arrangement, use plant material of the highest quality.

The illustrations that accompany this article show three variations on the Line Mass style. Notice that these retain a dominant line but build up the focal area as described above. Both styles can be horizontal, diagonal, curved, crescent, spiral, or "Hogarth" ("S" shaped variation). But consider the main difference: In a Line arrangement you have height and width, but very little depth; in a Line Mass you have height, width, and depth. Consequently, the placement of materials is critical: Exercise restraint or you will end up turning it into a Mass arrangement! I encourage you to re-read last month's article, and see if you can identify examples of these two styles when you are out and about. Feel free to experiment with this style and to bring a Line Mass arrangement to the November meeting for additional input. And remember, if you don't have fresh plant material, feel free to use silk flowers-you could end up with a very nice center piece for the Thanksgiving table!

Line Mass Arrangements

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesI t appears that autumn has finally arrived in the Temecula Valley. We had rain earlier than normal after an abnormally hot summer. We are having comfortably warm daytime temperatures, with cooler, more humid nights. The roses are happy and bursting with life, and there's the promise of fresh blooms to grace our holiday tables.

With the cooler temperatures roses will have a burst of energy and will be hungry and thirsty. This is especially so if the plants had a dormant period during the heat of July, August, and part of September. Until mid-November, I recommend you feed them with a product that has a relatively low level of Nitrogen and higher Phosphate-that is, looking at the NPK numbers on the package, the "N" should be smaller than the "P". There are two things to keep in mind about NPK:

1) 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 phosphorus 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.

2) 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."

Another tip for avoiding fertilizer burn: Water the plant 24 hours prior to feeding. Never fertilize a dry plant.

Because roses like moist but not wet soil, reduce the amount of water you apply as the temperatures cool down. Also, while the weather is relatively comfortable, clean up of garden debris (such as dead leaves and petals); this will reduce the population of over-wintering pests and give you a jump on spring, as well as a healthier garden next year.

About mid-November is a great time to sit back and start getting garden catalogs and ordering new roses for delivery and planting early next year. Some nurseries will take preorders. Get started now so you won't be disappointed later. And because our weather is still comfortable and the soil may be slightly moist from the recent rains, it's also a good time to prepare the site for those new roses. First, dig up any rose you want to replace. (If the rose appears to be in good health, consider potting it up and donating it to the Temecula Valley Rose Society for our spring sale at Rose Haven, and, if possible, label it with its varietal name. If you have a rose to donate, contact me at

Next, fill the hole with good rose potting soil, or add mulch at a rate of 1/3 mulch to 2/3 garden soil, then mix thoroughly. If you will be planting in a spot that has never had a rose in it, just dig a hole about 18" deep and 18" to 24" wide, remove about a third of the native soil, then mix what's left with rose potting soil or composted mulch. Gently tamp down the soil—there's no need to pack it down. The soil will settle and become colonized by beneficial soil critters between now and January or February when your new plants arrive.

With all that done, sit back, relax, and enjoy anticipating all the pleasure your roses will give you next spring! But if you just can't sit still, go get some inspiration by visiting TVRS' Rose Haven garden and/or our web site (See links below). If you feel like attending or participating in a rose show this month there are three in November. For a list and details of coming shows and events go to, then click on Calendar and or Events in the newsletter heading.

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, Temecula, as well as our web site:

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TVRS Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula
2012: 3rd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
Assistance League of Temecula
28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula
2012: 2nd Thursday of the month. No meeting in July.
From 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Rose Haven 3rd Saturday Garden Workshop
30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula
2012: 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 Rd., Temecula
2012: 4th Wednesday of the month.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Little Rose Show Competition
at the monthly Member Meeting
2012: Apr, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov.
To see entry and judging criteria go here

Youth Gardening Council of Temecula Valley
2012: Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
   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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2013 Officers & Directors


President: Frank Brines
1st VP (Programs): Ron Rumbold
2nd VP (Membership): Kathleen Turgeon & Bernice Wendt
Secretary: Phyllis Bettleheim
Chief Financial Officer: Rebecca Weersing


Rose Festival 2013: Linda/Jocelyn Black
Rose Haven Heritage Garden: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Community Outreach:
  Blooming Angels — Peggy Whitney
  Little Rose Show — May Olson & Lenore Vogel


Phyllis Bettelheim
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Ann Coakes
Barb Purdy
Ron Rumbold
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Lenore Vogel
Rebecca Weersing
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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