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The Valley Rose

June 2016 Roses Vol. 27, No. 06

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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-presidentsJ une is always a month where we are coming off the high of a very fabulous first bloom at Rose Haven and the excitement of our Rose & Arts Show. Just as the garden is settling itself in for the summer dormancy period so too are we. Our June activities include (1) a wonderful speaker at our monthly meeting, ARS VP Bob Martin, who will share disease and pest strategies with us plus (2) the City of Temecula 'Night of the Luminaries' to be held at Rose Haven the evening of Saturday, June 25. July will be dark — no meeting, no newsletter, no work at Rose Haven. Enjoy the lazy days of summer!

Mini-Rose Medley Removal and Quilt Garden Rejuvenation

by Rebecca Weersing

The Rose Haven Committee met May 25th. We admired the wonderful job that the Helping Hands Volunteers did in spreading about 30 cubic yards of mulch about the rose beds that face Cabrillo Avenue. Sitting at the picnic tables in the very open Special Events area we could not help but realize that the mini-roses looked very sad among its weeds, and the quilt garden suffered from holes in its design. With the 'Night of the Luminaries' event to be held on June 25th we knew immediate action was required.

With the guidance of Phyllis Bettelheim, our fearless committee chair, we actually did spring into action, creating a plan on the spot and we are now busily executing that plan.

First order of business, we decided, was to remove all of the mini-roses. Kathy Katz came on Thursday to water the soil around the minis so that they would be easier to lift. On Friday, Betty Dixon and Denise Vaccaro (with her gardener in tow) arrived, making short work of lifting the minis and setting them in the shade.

Bonnie Bell, our small projects irrigation specialist, oversaw disconnecting the drip hose. We were all dismayed to discover that only four of the more than a dozen plants had functioning emitters. That they were surviving at all is a testament to the hardiness of roses! This reminds us that with drip it is easy to be deceived that watering is occurring the way we think it should be.

Bonnie also sent out an immediate e-blast alerting members that the mini-roses were there for anyone interested in providing a new home, on a first-come basis. By Saturday afternoon all of the roses were claimed. We hope that our Foster Rose Parents will take photos now and then share their success reviving them.

On Saturday Carol Hudson, Kathy Katz and Rebecca Weersing met to contemplate our approach to rejuvenating the Quilt Garden. Rebecca and Kathy were inclined to "just rip it all out". Thank goodness that Carol was there! With her experience in rejuvenating the Iris Bed recently, she made us realize that the Dianthus—which had already survived two summers—only needed some transplanting from the center of the bed to fill out the outer border. This Kathy and Rebecca did. (See photos.) The next step will be to add more succulents with an attractive specimen in the middle of the bed. Voila! A whole new design from what was originally there.

Nardo Felipe will help with weed control and filling the holes left from the removal of the minis. Thanks to all for the team effort. We are hoping that on June 25 each of you will stop and enjoy this newly renovated area of the garden.


Book Review, by JoAnn Summers

Roses: Inspirations for Practical Gifts, Crafts, and Displays
By Gilly Love, Photography by Michelle Garrett

Looking for ideas on how to use roses and maybe a little history? You will find many old and new ideas for using roses plus some delightful history in this beautifully written and photographed book.

Did you know that the love of roses by Nero is claimed to be one of reasons for the fall of Rome Empire or that Nebuchadnezzar planted roses in the hanging gardens of Babylon because they were his wife's favorite?

Skim through the first part of this book to learn more of the rose's unexpected history. As the title notes, the following are just some of the topics in this book, complete with directions and plenty of beautiful photos.
 ● Growing Roses: Learn what rose goes where, how to plant and care for them.
 ● Roses in the Home: Ideas for table settings, baskets and potpourri are featured.
 ● Decorating With Roses: Directions on how to make topiary, hand-tied bouquets or corsages are given.
 ● Bath Time and Boudoir: Topics included are massage oils, facial cleansers and creams.
 ● Rose Gifts: Teas, sugars, truffles, and Turkish Delight directions.

The Edible Rose: This last chapter was my favorite. You will find recipes for Rose Ice Cream, very rich, creamy and lightly flavored with lemon and rose. Syllabub, a pudding dating back centuries, light in texture with just enough lemon to avoid being too rich, and Rose and Pear Sorbet, a light, fruity alternative to the rich desserts found in restaurants. Yum!

Roses Past and Present IV

by James Moss

Early civilizations, especially in China and the Middle East became interested in Roses for their medicinal value and their beauty so these flowers became more popular as time went on. However, these people were initially growing the old, or species roses and had not yet discovered the concept of breeding roses. That came much later.

The roses that the first people worked with were the same Old Garden Roses we know today, namely Alba's, Gallica's, Damask's, Centifolia's, China's, Moss', Tea's, Portland's, Bourbon's, Hybrid Perpetual's, Scot's, Sweet Briar's, Ayrshire's, Laevigate's, Semperviren's, Boursalt's and Noisette's.

Each of these varieties of rose has unique characteristics, some favorable and some not. Traits such as repeat flowering, color, fragrance and climate adaptability allowed some of these varieties to become popular while others faded into near obscurity. Almost all are still available today but some will be easier to find than others.

The areas of origin of many of the above named roses can be found by the name of the rose itself, for example China, Damask, Scots, Ayrshire and Gallica (obvious); Others are a little more difficult, such as Bourbon, (not from Kentucky!), actually named for an island in the Indian Ocean renamed Reunion after England won it from France in the Napoleonic Wars. Some are named for the habit or appearance of the rose, such as Centifolia or hundred petals, Hybrid Perpetual or ever-blooming Alba, which present white blooms (think "albino") Others derive their names from people such as Phillipe Noisette, a rose breeder from South Carolina; the Duchess of Portland; a French breeder by the name of Boursault.

Next month we will look at the rapid growth of the Old Garden Roses and their influence in the rose hobby which still exists in the 21st century, along with Modern Roses.

Kathy's Garden Chat

by Kathy Katz

Rose Haven has been in full bloom, and that includes some of the California natives. While many of the California natives bloom in the fall and winter, our Matilija Poppies are making a great show now.

Matilija Poppies are a bush poppy. Right now some of them are about six feet tall bearing huge white blossoms with yellow centers. They are not easy to transplant and get going, though we are trying. They are spreading nicely in the sandy soil, in a spot carefully selected by an accomplished grower. Probably the easiest way to get them going is with purchased plants from a reliable nursery. They are a bit tricky to start. If you want to try this late in the season, a little shade cloth might help, and despite their drought tolerance, they should not dry out their first year.

We are working to get the California native and drought tolerant area of the garden mapped. If you are interested in these plants or the back part of Rose Haven, give me a call and we can make a committee. Kathy 951 693 2814.

Botanical Description: Matilija poppy is a glabrous, shrubby perennial, heavy branched and woody at the base, growing to 8' tall. The showy white flowers are the largest of any plant native to California, and look like fried eggs. There are 5-8 per stem and the six petals are usually crinkled with many yellow stamens and a single large pistil. The three sepals are glabrous, which differentiates it from the other Romneya species, trichocalyx, which has bristly or appressed-hairy sepals. The leaves are alternate and have 3-5 main segments which are somewhat dentate or cleft.

Matilija poppy inhabits dry washes and canyons below 4000' in coastal sage scrub and chaparral away from the immediate coast. It is an occasional resident in the Peninsular Ranges, but is more common in the Santa Ana Mountains to San Diego County, being found also in the Santa Monica Mountains where it was probably begun by transplanting. It blooms from May to July. The name Matilija (pronounced ma-TIL-i-ha or ma-til-EE-ha) appears to be of Chumash origin, and I have seen one source that relates the name to a Chief Matilija who lived in Ventura County. The name is used also for Matilija Canyon above the community of Ojai and Matilija Creek in the Los Padres National Forest.

Rom'neya: the namer of the plant Romneya coulteri, the matilija poppy, wished originally to name it for Dr. Thomas Coulter (see coulteri) who first collected it, but the name Coulteria was an already established genus, so he decided to honor him instead by selecting the name of his great friend and fellow Irishman Dr. Thomas Romney Robinson (1792-1882), a prominent astronomer, for the genus, and that of Dr. Coulter for the species, and in so doing to link their names forever (ref. genus Romneya) Pronunciation: ROM-nee-a KOLE-ter-eye. Click here for Wikipedia's Botanical Term Meanings.

Previous Kathy's Garden Chats can be read here.

Matilija poppy
Pollinating bees

Grocery Cards Benefit TVRS

   Dear Members: I trust that you have made a determined effort to use Stater Bros. Scrip/Gift Cards for your everyday normal purchases. Even in these financially difficult times we all must eat. Purchasing a
 ● 100 Scrip Card will let you spend
 ● 100 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. Email Ann Coakes to order Scrip Cards, or phone 951 693-5635.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our new meeting schedule here.
Place: Temecula Library, Community Room (30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula)
Speaker: Bob Martin
Topic: Rose Pests & Diseases

Bob is a prolific writer, having authored more than 600 published articles on roses and is the Editor of the American Rose Society quarterly publication, Rose Exhibitors' Forum and National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual review by the nation's top exhibitors of new exhibition roses. Bob is also the author of the book "Showing Good Roses", and maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at He was honored for his lifetime contribution to rose education as a 2009 recipient of the ARS Klima Medal.

An active rose exhibitor at all levels and the 2007 recipient of the ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting, Bob is also a hybridizer with eleven registered varieties, including the show roses, 'Butter Cream', 'Peter Cottontail' and 'Pasadena Star', and serves as the western regional director of the Rose Hybridizers Association. One of his latest roses is a pink sport of 'Randy Scott' that he named after his wife, 'Dona Martin'.

He is well known as a humorous and effective speaker and rose evangelist, having spoken at 23 American Rose Society national conventions, at district conventions in 13 of the 18 ARS districts and more than 200 times at rose societies throughout the U.S.

Bob Martin has been growing roses for more than 40 years. He and his wife Dona live in Escondido, California, where they have a rose garden of more than 400 roses of all types. He is an ARS Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge.

A light buffet luncheon will be served at 11:30. Guests are welcome.

Programs & Speakers for 2016
● July - Summer vacation month (no meeting or newsletter)
● August - Summer Mixer: Rosy Odds & Ends
● September - Program to be announced
● October - Visit to Mrytle Creek Nursery in Fallbrook (tentative)
● November - program to be announced
● December — Christmas Program & Installation of Officers & Board of Directors


June Birthdays & New Members

June: Frances & Tony Merritt, Peggy Whitney, Sochie Rumbold
July: Mi Ae Kim, Jeanne Brubaker, Sally Russell, Barb Purdy, Dixie Coda, Nikki Helm Ryder, Cordella Snow, Bonnie Bell
New Members
Linda Freeman

Youth Gardening: Tree of Life in June

by Barb Purdy

The vegetables planted in the Tree of Life (tomatoes, potatoes & watermelon) are starting to show signs that we will have a good harvest this summer. There are still beds to be planted but limited volunteers have made planting slow.

In May we had a daisy troop earn their gardening badge by helping plant the tomatoes. The four girls each planted one tomato and then they were off exploring the garden and harvesting and eating the carrots. A Girl Scout motto is to leave no trace behind, so they not only helped clean up their own mess but they found confetti someone had left in the gazebo and they cleaned that up too.

Our apple trees were all starting to show signs of growth, but 2 days after I had taken pictures of their great start I found that the new sprouts had all been chewed off. I decided to cover them in wire to help protect them until they get a little bigger. I hope they will have some new growth by the time we have visitors the end of June for the Night of the Luminaries celebration, as the TVWC ladies who funded the project will be stopping by to see the trees.

The end of May we had our onion harvest. We had 3 girls and their mother stop by to help. The girls not only helped pull out all of the onions, but they all found the one they had planted in January (their name tag was still next to the onion). They had fun, helped carry the onion tops to the compost pile and they each took home an onion they helped grow. The 5 dozen onions (various sizes) will be donated to the Community Mission of Hope food pantry.

I can always use help in the garden as it is a big garden and there are many beds to take care of, plant and harvest. If you are interested in helping, please call (951) 526-5599 or email me at I am there most Saturday mornings from 8:30 to noon, and various other days during the week. It is best to let me know if you will be coming.

Onion harvest
Onion harvest

Planting tomatoes
Potato plant

Onion harvest
Watermelon plant

Rose Haven Heritage Garden

by Bonnie Bell

Summer is just around the corner and the roses are still in full bloom along with all the other splendid plants the garden contains. Visitors can be seen enjoying the beauty every day. A photo of Altissimo rose and our lovely lily pond are shown.

On June 25th the City of Temecula will host "Night of the Luminaries" at our garden. This annual event has been so enjoyable and we are excited to show off the garden and meet new guests. The time is 7 to 10 PM. (The sun sets at 8:02 PM that day.)

Recently a group of volunteers from "Helping Hands" spread 30 yards of compost over many garden areas. We very much appreciate their help. This action will invigorate the plants and protect their roots during the hot summer, plus adding the element of water conservation.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, June 23 at 9:30 AM. The meeting location is at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. We will discuss projects to improve areas in the garden. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

Altissimo rose
Lily pond

Treasures Moving On

Note: Members, have a treasure you want to part with? Share information with members. Send to Rebecca at for inclusion in the newsletter.

(1) 6.5 foot Hardman grand piano, played little, completely refurbished in 1979, made in 1902 (serial # 92000), verbally appraised for $7,000 - $15,000. For sale $5,000 or best offer. Very negotiable for any charity group. Call for info and appointment, Frank 951 315-9632.

(2) Looking for a kitchen table? Bernice Wendt talked to a member wanting one at the Rose & Arts Show. Check the Member Roster for Bernice's phone number. Please call her!

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesN ot only are California gardeners faced with new pests, we are confronted with the most severe drought in decades, and with the drastic rationing that water districts must impose. We must vigilantly manage our water use if we hope to maintain our cherished roses—in fact, we may well be forced to go into survival mode. Consider what I said in my March 2014 column: "Typical mature, full-size hybrid teas in Southern California soil require about 6-9 gallons of water a week when the high temperatures are in the 70s. As temperatures rise into the 80s the rose will require about 9 gallons of water per week. In the 90s, the rose will require about 12 gallons per week and even more. These figures are rough and based on the amount of water needed to maintain the highest level of show quality; the rose will stay alive on considerably less." Just this week I received a mailing from my water district (Western) advising customers to "Water...roses no more than once each week...with three to four gallons of water, allowing it to soak in slowly." I think you'll agree that "three to four gallons" is "considerably less" than the recommendations for maintaining the "highest level of show quality."

If we are that limited in the quantity of water we can use, we must greatly increase the efficiency of how we use that water. The strategies I will discuss here are:
 ● Delivering water efficiently
 ● Keeping water in the soil using mulch
 ● Allowing your roses a summer dormancy period

Delivering Water Efficiently: Drip systems provide the most efficient way to deliver water to your roses because they don't produce a water spray that can be carried away by our strong winds, and because they deliver water slowly, allowing it to soak deep into the root zone rather than running off. If you have a drip system, be sure it's in good shape before you cover it with mulch! Open each irrigation valve one at a time and inspect how it is performing. Repair any leaks, including emitters that are spraying from their attachment point on the tubing—you may have to remove the emitter, insert a "goof plug," and install a new emitter an inch or two away from the original one.

One more thing: You'll want to estimate the volume of water the system is delivering so you can better manage your use. For example, if every rose has two emitters that deliver 8 liters (about 2 gallons) per hour, then to deliver 4 gallons to the plant you'll need to run the system for an hour. This should work well in a typical loam soil. You want the water to soak down at least 12" for optimal rose health. A loam soil doesn't allow water to just run through it, so irrigating for an hour at a time can be fairly efficient. On the other hand, if your soil is particularly sandy—which allows water to permeate more quickly—an hour of irrigation may waste some of that water, and you might be better off running the system twice a week for half as long. Experiment! After all, gardening is a scientific pursuit.

Mulch: If you have read my past columns you know that I have been advocating the application of a deep layer of mulch for years. Mulch provides many benefits. It moderates the soil temperatures, retains moisture and allows it to spread more uniformly throughout the root zone, discourages weeds, and maintains a soft soil surface. A four inch layer of mulch is recommended. There are many materials you can use, and you might want to experiment with a variety of them, but you will probably get the best results if you don't mix them in any one garden bed.

One material that some gardeners have in abundance is pine needles. They provide an airy cooling barrier and break down very slowly to impart a more acidic soil environment which makes mineral nutrients more available to plants. Another material is any size of wood chip specifically intended as mulch; I recommend the finer cut forms. One possible drawback if not specifically manufactured for garden use is the potential for matting due to fungal growth, which can make the wood chip layer impermeable to water.

I prefer composted mulch that is light and fluffy (so it doesn't pack down) and contains a higher proportion of hummus (so it slowly integrates with and enriches the soil). One drawback of composted mulch is that after several years you may find that your garden soil level has risen. If this ends up burying the bud unions, you may find more suckers forming from the root stock. When this happens, it can be helpful to "lift" the rose—essentially, digging to release a large root ball, levering it up, filling in several inches of good garden soil beneath it, and then resetting the root ball in the hole.

Whatever mulching material you choose, be careful to NOT apply it up to or over the bud union. Leave an area around the base of the plant of about 12" diameter. (If you can maintain that distance, then as your composted mulch disintegrates it will not raise the soil level around the bud unions.)

Summer Dormancy: Allowing your roses to go dormant during the hot summer months will reduce water use as well as the stress on your plants. You won't be missing out much because if you allowed your roses to power through the summer, most blooms would be of poor quality and have burned petals and leaves. So as your roses complete this bloom cycle, remove only the petals as the flowers fade—do not deadhead them—that is, allow hips to form. This will discourage new growth and flower formation, thus reducing demand for water. Remove any fallen leaves and discard them along with the petals into your yard green waste bin—do not compost them! (It is always a good practice to keep the garden clean in order to reduce fungal diseases and insect pests, particularly in hot dry weather.) Do not remove burned leaves because they provide shade for the cane which can be damaged or killed by sunburn! Discontinue your feeding program—we do not want to encourage growth at this time because it will only stress the bush more.

In summary, until at least September:
 ● Make sure your water delivery system is operating efficiently
 ● Apply 4" of mulch over the entire bed
 ● Remove petals as flowers mature
 ● Allow hips to form
 ● Do not prune or cut back
 ● Leave brown leaves on the plant
 ● Do not feed

Doesn't look like much work, right? Well, since you'll be taking it easy for the summer, go visit Rose Haven Heritage Garden.

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd.,
Temecula, as well as our web site at Spread the joy of roses!

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for 2016

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

TVRS Board of Directors Meeting
The Board meeting locaton is being changed. Contact Rebecca Weersing for that information. (951) 595-7046.
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
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
4th Wednesday of the month.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

Gardening for Kids in Temecula ⁄ Murrieta
Programs for youth 12 & under held on 3rd Sat from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information contact Alicia Cline.
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 event calendar click here.

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2016 Officers & Directors


Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing
       Phyllis Bettleheim
1st VP (Programs): Patricia Hirsch
2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Kathy Turgeon
Chief Financial Officer: Bonnie Bell


Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Patricia Hirsch
Membership: 2nd VP (Membership): Ann Schryer
Records: Kathy Turgeon
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Education & Outreach – Consulting Rosarians
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim


Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Virginia Boos
Frank Brines
Jeanne Brubaker
Betty Dixon
Patricia Hirsch
Barb Purdy
Ann Schryer
Kathleen Turgeon
Denise Vaccaro
Rebecca Weersing

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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