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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

August 2016 Roses Vol. 27, No. 08

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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-presidentsJ uly has been a period of summer dormancy for both our gardens and ourselves. With August upon us, we can begin making plans for our fall growing season. One goal for the next few months is to grow our membership. With this goal in mind our August member meeting on Thursday, August 18th will have a different focus from previous years.

Please bring two things to our August meeting: a friend and a rose. For our friends, we will share the joys of being involved in our Rose Society. We offer friendship, opportunities for learning and sharing about our common gardening interests, and food. For our roses we will create a bouquet of summer blossoms while discussing our different approaches to displaying our favorite flower.

Last December, when we all shared ideas of what to do this year, many people expressed interest in a garden day trip. We have scheduled a visit to Myrtle Creek Nursery in Fallbrook for our Thursday, October 20th meeting. More information about this will be given as the time gets near.

Hope to see you, a friend and a rose on Thursday, August 18th at 10 am at the Library.

Roses Past and Present – V

by Jim Moss

In the previous issues we discussed the names of Old Garden Roses including the characteristics of the bloom, and the location that the rose originated. For examples, "hybrid perpetual", and "Alba" versus "China" and "Damask". We now turn our attention to roses and their contact with people.

For nearly two thousand years roses and most plants were not traded on the international market. They might have been moved about in a localized area but the concept of large distance trade was unknown. Thus, roses and indeed most plants, were contained within a very small area, and completely unknown outside that area.

The earliest probability of roses being moved from one geographical to another was when European armies went to the Middle East to fight the "infidels" in the famous Crusades beginning in the 11th Century and continuing for at least four centuries. These European military people came in contact with Middle East culture and gardening and brought much of these things back to Europe where they were very popular.

Later, it is reported that Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) brought rose plants back from China when he visited the East during his visits there. This might well be the introduction of the famous China rose to Europe.

Next time we will take a brief look at the rose in cultural settings, including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and early Europe.

Rooted Roses On Rise

Such flowers are ideal for smaller gardens, less susceptible to disease.

by Ottillia "Toots" Bier, Master Gardener
Q. While browsing a rose catalog, I noticed that some of the rosebushes offered for sale were listed as growing "on their own roots." Are these better than the grafted roses we've grown for years?
A. For many years, the beautiful roses we've enjoyed in our gardens were budded – a form of grafting – onto a robust rootstock variety to ensure an improved resistance to diseases as well as a high degree of vigor.

In recent years, rose breeders have developed rose varieties that are more resistant to common diseases, diminishing the need for grafting to the old rootstocks.

Actually, any gardener who has taken a cutting from a friend's rosebush, rooted it and enjoyed the resulting rosebush, has already been growing a rose on its "own roots." In reality, growing roses on their own roots is not a new concept, only the commercial application is.

Most roses on their own roots do not grow quite as vigorously as those that are budded, but for smaller gardens, this may be an advantage. Their form is more rounded and softer in appearance.

There are other advantages, too. With own-root roses, there are no undesirable rootstock suckers to deal with. Also, the incident of rose mosaic virus, which is most commonly transmitted during the budding process, is virtually eliminated. Finally, should your rosebush be pruned to the ground or freeze all the way to the ground, it will come back from the roots.

If you take pride in exhibition-size roses, then own-root roses may not be for you, but for most gardens, they are a good choice.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, May 7, 2016.

Volunteer Needed!

Membership: We are looking for someone to take over the position of Refreshments Chair. Micha needs to step down as chairperson at the end of this year, though she will continue to assist whoever takes over as head of the committee.

Please consider volunteering to fill this position. If you can take on this very important post (we all love the luncheons, don't we?) contact Bonnie, Micha, or Rebecca.

Member Meeting Program

Date: Thursday, August 18
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: Frank Brines
Topic: Summer Mixer: Rosy Odds & Ends

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

Programs & Speakers for 2016
● September - Program to be announced
● October - Visit to Myrtle Creek Nursery in Fallbrook
● November - program to be announced
● December — Christmas Program & Installation of Officers & Board of Directors


August Birthdays & New Members

Ellen/Lois Noell, Lyse McGonigle, Patricia Hirsch, Ben Jahanbani, Francesca Calabro, Roberta Costa
New Members
There are no new members this month.

August Member Meeting: Roses! Roses!

by Betty Dixon

Our August meeting is usually our strategic planning meeting, but the board will take care of that this year in its own meeting. So, to close out summer, our August meeting will feature roses and more roses and lunch. There will be no Little Rose Show in August, but we want EVERY member to bring a rose to "build" a big bouquet. Keep it fresh in a container of water. Frank Brines will show us how to make a bouquet that all of us could create, maybe more than one. Miniatures are welcome for a mini-bouquet. Bring a rose with a long stem, if possible, and Frank can cut them to his specifications. Virginia Boos' Octoberfest was "Rose of the Day" for June. Congratulations! The Little Rose Show will resume in September; maybe our roses can recover from the recent heat wave by then.

Rose Haven Heritage Garden

by Bonnie Bell

Whew, has it been a hot summer. The roses in the garden seem to be stunned but are still surviving and some have plentiful blooms. Pictured are two heat lovers, the rose "In The Mood" is a vivid red and the Crape Myrtles along the hillside path are a glorious fuchsia in full bloom.

Recently we enjoyed the "Night of the Luminaries" hosted by the City of Temecula and our Society. There were a great number of visitors enjoying the garden, light refreshments, music, and fun. Please follow this link to see photos and the accompanying article from the Press-Enterprise on this event. Click here.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, August 24th at 9:15. 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.

In The Mood
Crepe Myrtle trees

        To read an article on crepe myrtle trees go here.

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.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesJ uly and August are usually quite hot in the Temecula Valley, so take steps to protect your roses—give them a rest! When flowers fade, remove only the spent petals; do not prune away the flower stems. This prevents the plant from initiating new growth to replace the flowers that have been pruned away. New growth puts the plant under stress during the harshest time of the year and the tender shoots will almost certainly be damaged by the heat. Likewise, during the hot summer months it is advisable to not fertilize or, at least, to cut back.

This does not mean forgoing soil amendments such as applying a layer (at least 2") of mulch. You won't make it without mulch! True, it does provide a bit of nutrition, but not enough to push the plant into a major growth spurt. Its main benefits are to help the soil hold moisture longer by spreading it out in the root zone, as well as moderating soil temperatures. These are essential during our Southern California drought.

Mulch can include anything that shades the soil. I prefer to use composted mulch, available in bulk from various local suppliers, because its nutrients are readily available. You can also use a combination of leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, pine needles, etc. (Pine needles are terrific because they tend to be very airy and allow water to penetrate easily, and they eventually break down to acidify the soil.) Shredded wood products are often available for free or at a low cost from arborists, the county, or municipalities.

(Be warned, however: In a previous garden, I applied shredded wood products and was dismayed that it eventually bred mats of fungus that made the soil impenetrable to water!)

Another big help during the hot summer months is a drip watering system because it delivers water so efficiently to the root zone. You'll want to survey your plants regularly, however, to monitor the system's output: Watch for individual plants that show signs of wilting or stress, and look closely to determine if that plant's emitters are operating properly. If the entire bed seems stressed, increase the duration of the watering time.

Also, schedule watering for before sunrise so your plants are well hydrated before the heat begins. It is a myth that watering roses in the evening or at night fosters disease; such watering is harmful only if your already dusty leaves (which harbor mold spores) are splashed with water. Drip watering keeps the water down on the ground where it can't do any damage.

If you are an intrepid exhibitor and want roses for an upcoming show, count 6 to 8 weeks back from the date of the show and dare to do a mid-season feeding and pruning—but stay vigilant for any signs of water stress! I prefer to use organic fertilizers and I look for a higher level of phosphate in the products I use. It is also a good time to make your second application of the year of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts). Apply three-quarters to 1 cup around the base of the plant to each plant, and scratch and/or water it in. (Note: You can also remove rose thorns from your fingers by soaking them in an Epsom salt solution!)

Editor's Note: This is reprinted from the August 2008 newsletter.

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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