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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

September 2016 Roses Vol. 27, No. 09

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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-presidentsAS the song says, "The times, they are a-changing". Some of our members are moving on to other cities – we wish them well. Some members are needing to take it easy because of health issues or other commitments. We are actively hoping that those of us remaining will recruit new members to join us. As a Society we ask our various committees to begin planning for 2017 – budgets, programs, events.

Committee chairs have changed. We are looking for someone to head the Meeting Luncheon Committee. This committee is responsible for storing and making certain that all of the paper goods/supplies are set out at the meeting. Coffee is generally started as soon as the committee arrives. Volunteers bring in food so the committee must organize the food, refrigerating some dishes. The food must be put out just in time to be eaten then cleanup follows. This committee requires many hands and needs a strong organizer. Are you that person? Please let me know if you are.

This time of year is also when we seek candidates to be nominated for the Board of Directors. The election takes place at our annual meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The Board of Directors meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month from 10 am until noon.

"The times, they are a-changing" - let's all be part of how the change happens.

Volunteer Needed

Membership Committee: 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.

Volunteer of the Year

by Ann Schryer

Many of our members are doing lots of volunteer hours for our Society. What is interesting is that we have received time sheets from only five members, when I know that many more of you are giving us your volunteer time and efforts. Please fill those forms out so we can recognize your contributions and also enter you in the competition for Volunteer of the Year. Please turn time sheets into the Membership VP, Ann Schryer. The last day to turn sheets in will be at the December meeting. "Volunteer of the Year" will be awarded at the January member meeting.

From the sheets that have been received, the leader board is topped by Jim and Laurie Moss, followed closely by Lyse McGonigle and Daniel Wyncott.

Roses Past and Present VI

Contributed by Jim Moss

Continuing . . . as promised last month we will take a very brief look at roses in the cultures of the ancient civilizations. This predates the international trade of flowers by at least a thousand years, probably more. By cultural importance we mean just about anything about roses except their beauty and assets of roses of today. These attractive properties include the medicinal, ritualistic and even mystic qualities and others.

We don't know the exact timeframe or the circumstances of this transition. All we know is that civilizations from China to southern Europe became enamored with the rose at about the same time, give or take a thousand years or so. Possibly the fascination of this plant preceded the actual practice involved with it's near worship. Regardless of the exact order of evolution, sometime around the birth of Christ, or before, roses were the dominant flower associated with artists, the nobility, and religious figures. It is said that the Rosary, the iconic symbol of Roman Catholicism results from the idea that these early prayer beads were made from rosewood. The symbol of Mary, the mother of Christ was the rose. Indeed the rose is used frequently in religious references, not only Catholic, but numerous other faiths. This worship of this lowly flower is unmatched in all of botany. The only flowering plant that comes close would be the orchid, but even then the orchid is a close second.

The early societies of China, Persia, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Italy were enamored with the rose. This flower is seen in artistic renderings from all of these areas in paintings, mosaics, and other art works, frequently as background objects. But as time goes on the rose is brought more and more into the foreground until it is the dominant theme of the work.

Next month we will look at the ongoing popularity of the rose in the culture of the ancients, eventually leading to the international trade and cooperation of our favorite flower.

Book Review: 100 English Roses for the American Garden

by a gentleman named Clair G. Martin
reviewed by Karen Ortega

Well, our own rose gentleman Jim Moss has been writing an excellent ongoing article in our newsletter about Old Garden Roses that covers almost exactly the same material in the book I am to review. I sent an almost identical article as Jim's, but, thank heavens, our editor's computer ate my first submission. So, in order to avoid you all having to read the same material over again, I decided to teach you how to plant OGR's in pots and containers, since that is what I'd have to do to add another one to my collection.

You would want to grow one of the shorter varieties and obtain the largest container possible. The book recommends that you start with a bare root rose so you can control the ingredients in the pot. Start with the very best potting soil you can get your hands on. In the early 1990's I used GroMulch. This will insure excellent drainage.

If that product is still available scatter a handful of water-holding crystals around the base of your volcanic-shaped cone. I always added bone meal, and blood meal, mixed in with the superior potting soil, then placed the bare roots around the cone. Then I would cover the rest with more potting soil. Nowadays, I lavishly sprinkle powdered alfalfa around all my potted plants to create a "seal" of perfect mulch. This keeps the water from evaporating out of your pot, and will eventually break down to nurture and build up the soil.

Reapply the powdered alfalfa once it starts to break down. It is amazing how it keeps the soil pot moist. Water every other day with 1 quart of water. Make sure to leave it in partial shade and move it out into full sunshine only after the roots are established and it is covered in new growth.

I highly recommend that you check this book out of the TVRS Library. It is incredibly detailed and informative. The incredible array of pictures will help you chose what you want to grow, and, like me, it may help you identify the gift rose you received years ago, sans tag.

There are so many from which to choose! I'm guessing that the rose given me by my Tai Chi students about ten years ago could have been called "Emanual": fat buds, jagged dark green leaves, and gorgeous soft pink, quartered petals with incredible fragrance. Then again, "Constance Spry" also fits the bill. In Spring, the open flowers are so heavy that if it rains (if only it would rain like that again), they will hang all the way to the ground, and these have an almost overwhelming tea scent. Whatever my OGR is, it is a perfect rose that grows to 6 feet and deadheads itself and will let you prune it, but only to open up the center. It is also completely disease free.

When I first received this gift, I really didn't think it would live to be a year old. It had obviously been in the pot too long. I had my gardener, a REAL gardener, help me dig a hole, augment the soil, and plant the poor thing. Two years later, it rewarded me with its present ongoing bloom. Of all my roses, it is the best at being able to take the heat, re-bloom all summer long, and never need deadheading.

Grownups in the Garden

by Rebecca Weersing

All work and no play makes Jack & Jill really dull. Although we know that a garden is often a place of work, we need to think of a garden as a place to play. Especially Rose Haven! The Families in the Garden Committee wants us as grownups to experience the same joy of discovery and magic that children experience during our Third Saturday programs.

Invitation cordially extended: Please meet us in the garden on Wednesday, September 21st between the hours of 9 am and 11 am. We might be harvesting in the Tree of Life, painting pots and planting cuttings for a future plant sale, creating a Fairyland Village in the ABC Garden. We will let our imaginations run wild. Light refreshments and great conversation for all to enjoy.

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, September 15
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: Gary Bulman, San Diego Rose Society
Topic: Roses, of course
Gary Bulman is presently the President of the San Diego Rose Society and is also an active member of the University of California Master Gardener Program. He has been active in the rose society since his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1980.

Gary grows 300 hundred roses in his Escondido Garden and exhibits roses in national rose shows, local California rose shows and the San Diego County Fair.

Gary is a lifetime member of the San Diego Rose Society and has held most positions in the society.

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

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


September Birthdays & New Members

Bridget Wyncott, Marian Mauch, Carole & James Marietti, Annelie Moseneder, Nardo Felipe, Kathy & Howard Katz, Betty Dixon, Ron Rumbold, Louis Noell, Nikki Helm
New Members
There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon

After some really hot weather we can only hope for a cool-down so we can have some nice blooms for our September member meeting Little Rose Show. We enjoy everything you bring, six entries, please.

Monarchs and Milkweed

by Kathy Katz

The only known food for the declining populations of Monarch butterflies is Milkweed. I have been familiar with the wild and invasive milkweed in Texas, but for sale here in California is a tropical flower that is compact, has neat flowers all summer, and does not become invasive. While it makes lots of drifting seeds, the plants need a lot more water and better soil than our climate provides without nurture.

Last year I bought some milkweed and have managed to keep it growing and even increase a little. Howard and I were really excited when we actually saw a Monarch flitting around it a couple of weeks ago. While I was away, Howard noticed caterpillars busily denuding the plant, so he went and bought another plant, as that is their total diet. They grew nice and big. Upon my return yesterday, we counted fewer babies, and today they seem to have all crawled off to find a place to spin their cocoons. We are hopeful for babies, but whatever happens we are really glad to become part of the solution to a big problem. Here are a couple pictures of the caterpillars on our milkweed plants.

I am going to practice germinating and growing the milkweed seeds. Maybe I can grow a LOT of Milkweed. Many people have worried about interfering with the great Monarch migration. A little research says don't worry about that, they pupate three times in the year before then. You can read more about them here on Wikipedia.

Howard's Monarch caterpillar
Kathy's Monarch chrysalis
Monarch on milkweed flower
Monarchs roosting

Rose Haven Update

by Bonnie Bell

Autumn is arriving mid-month and just in time for the reawakening of our beloved roses. The garden is a little crisp from the long hot summer so it's time for some light deadheading and new blooms to enjoy. One thing that is always amazing is the view from the gazebo. Any time of year it's a beautiful sight.

There is a project that has been on our Wish List for several years. The Board has approved and we will move ahead with the shelter structure for the education and special events area. As you know the area presently is just a large level dirt space; so now we contemplate a covered shelter for our classes and workshops. An example is shown.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, September 28th 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 and review the shelter progress. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

View from the gazebo
Example of a shelter

Families in the Garden

by Rebecca Weersing

Our Families in the Garden events are offered on the Third Saturday of most months from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Saturday, September 17 will begin with a "Stop-Look-Listen-Share" Discovery Hike from the Lower Garden to the Tree of Life in the Upper Garden. In the Tree of Life, we will harvest veggies currently growing (tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, etc.) then do new plantings from seed.

Back to the Lower Garden we will do a planting of succulents in a small container for the kids to take home. Snacks and water is the end of an exciting day in the garden. Invite any children who you know to attend. And you will be welcome to attend as well. Check out the "Families in the Garden" Facebook page by going to our webpage.

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Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesS ummer temperatures and humidity have been all over the map, varying from week to week, never lasting too long. My roses have done quite well using my prescribed "desert practice" for summer. If you are participating in this practice—allowing a summer of rest for your roses—you still have several weeks to take it easy before a mid-season pruning. Predicting the future is difficult, however one can only assume it will look a little like the past, especially with the weather. That being said, I would suggest continuing this protocol until performing a mid-season pruning the second or third week of September; if you do this, you can possibly have two more bloom cycles this calendar year. If you would like roses for a special occasion, count back 6 to 7 weeks from that date; the date you land on will be when you need to prune. Remember, a mid-season pruning is light to medium, removing the many branchings back to the main cane to an outward facing bud (found at the base of a leaf where it joins the cane). Never remove more than a third of the plant.

I've included two photos to illustrate a little of what is involved in this mid-season pruning. On the left are several stems branching out from a point near the bottom of the photo. I've circled the points where you would prune to, leaving outward-facing buds. In the right hand photo you see the result - and the point lower down where you could prune more severely to produce a single new branch, which is likely to increase flower size compared with the lighter pruning.


When temperatures continue to be in the 90s, it is necessary to ensure plants receive adequate water to stay hydrated. It takes only a few days in these temperatures without sufficient water for a bush to become seriously stressed and even damaged. I suggest that with water use restrictions that California is experiencing, HT rose bush can survive with 3 gallons of water twice per week. A layer of 4 inches of mulch will greatly reduce evaporation of soil moisture. This year the soil dries out more quickly than in previous years due to less water being applied as in previous years and, in general, the dryer soil environment. With potted roses this is even more critical. Assess conditions every morning. Look for wilted or dry, crispy foliage. If you discover it soon enough dousing with plenty of water may save the plant. If you wait to inspect until the afternoon or evening it may be too late or you might not get a good assessment of the plant's condition: After a hot day, most plants can appear wilted while still receiving sufficient hydration. Also inspect your irrigation system to make sure it is delivering enough water, isn't clogged, and isn't over watering—all problems that come with age in drip irrigation systems. If an emitter is delivering much more or much less water than others on the line, it can change the system pressure and affect the other emitters. The simple solution: Replace it!

It's not too early to start thinking about which roses you will remove and what you'll replace them with. Go ahead and request catalogs from rose suppliers—they're always available. If you haven't mulched recently, estimate the amount of composted mulch you'll need in order to cover your garden beds 4" deep and plan to buy it for this coming winter or spring.

A common problem when hot, dry, dusty conditions prevail is spider mites. This topic was covered in a previous care column which you can find on newsletter; look for Care for September 2013.

A valuable bi-monthly magazine which covers rose topics is the American Rose published by the American Rose Society (ARS). Go to for more information on obtaining it.

When you have a moment to spare, or feel the need to get away, or when the day cools down, take your favorite beverage, a picnic basket, and visit our local one-of-a-kind 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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