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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

August 2017 Roses Vol. 28, No. 08

Summer Sizzle
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Co-President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing

TVRS Co-president We missed you but we had a great time anyway! Saturday July 29 was our Summer Supper at Rose Haven. The weather was very cooperative - when we met at 6 pm the temperature was a comfortable 79 degrees. Our new Educational Pavilion provided shade for the hour plus we spent enjoying our suppers and swapping stories in the garden. Next time, please join us. Why have a garden if we can't enjoy it together?

Roses Past And Present

by Jim Moss

GOOD NEWS, Friends! We are about to enter the last article concerning the history of the rose culture as we know it. This history has brought us from the most ancient rosarians up to modern times. Well, almost, as we need to explore the incredible growth of roses and rose growers in the modern world. Most of you are well versed in the modern science of growing roses since you are members of the Temecula Valley ROSE society and, growing these flowers yourselves, are acquainted with the hobby of being an amateur rosarian.

However, we all recognize that this hobby is, and probably always will be a changing science. Due to commercial competition, the major growers are continually searching for new species to get patents for. This competition among the current rose breeders greatly benefits us, the consumers, as we find ever increasing varieties of roses to choose from. In addition, the commercial outlets for bare root, potted and full grown plants has increased dramatically. It is to our benefit that public interest in roses has increased so much. Without the greater public demand for these beautiful flowers we would probably be back in the "dark ages" of our hobby.

There is so much information on modern roses that I cannot, and will not, attempt to compete with the professional authors and rosarians who put their thoughts to print. Many sources are available to those who desire further study in this area. If interested, I will add a follow up article concerning our (Laurie and my) visit to France this past summer when we visited Mal Maison, the estate of Empress Josephine, and viewed the Old Garden Rose garden there. We also visited the gardens at Versailles and will relate to you our impressions of them. Until then, enjoy your summer.

Tree of Life: Youth Gardening

Tomatoes in the Garden

by Barb Purdy  

I hope all of you are having success in growing your tomatoes in the garden this summer. There is nothing like the taste of a home-grown tomato! We have a variety of tomatoes growing in the Tree of Life this summer. This is the first time I have grown these varieties and we are having success with all of them. I hope you recognize these names as these are the same tomatoes that most of you took the opportunity to try in your garden from the plants that I started for you as seedlings. This year we have: Tasti-Lee, Quali-T, Caiman, Umberto, Harmony, Candyland Red and Indigo Cream Berries. The last two are unique.

Candyland Red (see picture) is very small and as you can see, three dozen of them can fit in the palm of your hand. They are a sweet burst of flavor and a nutritious treat for the children who stop by the garden. Indigo Cream Berries is like no other tomato that I have grown before. They are indeed indigo (purplish blue) color when they are starting out and turn to a yellowish color (see picture) when they are ready to eat.

I also have these in my garden and they are now my favorite salad tomato as they are the perfect size and they add a bit of sweetness. I would love to hear how all of you are doing with growing these same tomatoes. Every garden is different and results vary but suggestions help me choose the tomatoes that will be grown next year from those that are the favorites this year.

Don't forget that we have a Tomato Tasting Festival on Saturday, August 26 (6 p.m. to dusk) at Rose Haven Garden. Bring tomatoes to taste and you will have the opportunity to taste what the Tree of Life and other members' gardens have produced. See you there.

Candyland Red
Indigo Cream Berries

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

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Date: Thursday, August 17
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)
Topic: Celebrating With a Rosy Tea
 Grab your rose trimmed hats, your best rose tea cup and your rose-colored glasses for our August meeting. Invite your rosiest friends. Our focus for August is member recruitment—adding new friends and appreciating old friends. A light luncheon buffet with rosy finger sandwiches, dessert and teas is offered.

July & August Birthdays & New Members

  July: Mi Ae Kim, Jeanne Brubaker, Barb Purdy, Steve Ryder, Cordelia Snow, and Bonnie Bell
August: Ellen Noell, Lyse McGonigle, Ben Jahanbani, Francesca Cabaro, and Roberta Costa
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Betty Dixon

There will be no Little Rose Show at our August membership/guest tea. Shows will resume in September. Ann Schryer won Best of Show in June for her miniature, Cherry Bomb.

Tomato Tasting Festival

by Rebecca Weersing

The heat of the day is no time to be in the garden in August but the early evening is. On Saturday, August 26 we will gather again at Rose Haven at 6 p.m. We will visit the Tree of Life and harvest tomatoes growing there. Please bring tomatoes from your garden or the Farmers Market to share. For our tasting we will have simple recipes for sandwiches, salads and desserts using tomatoes. Tomato water to drink? We look forward to sharing our love of both roses and tomatoes!

Congratulations Now In Order

by Rebecca Weersing

Two of our members recently completed the Master Gardeners programs. Val Fujihara and Linda Freeman—congratulations and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces and your sharing what you have learned with us.

Mark Your Calendar

by Rebecca Weersing
Friday, August 11 at 9 a.m. at Rose Haven: Youth Gardening Program Planning

We will be meeting with board members from Vlada's Seeds of Life to discuss a joint project combining their mission of better nutrition to prevent childhood obesity and our mission of teaching youth to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. Immediately afterwards we will have a meeting of our Families in the Garden Committee to plan our September to May Third Saturday programs. Please join us for both or either of these meetings!

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   Those hot August Nights are coming up. But if you want to experience a lovely evening on your own Rose Haven Garden is waiting for you. Several members enjoyed an evening picnic at the end of July under the new Education Pavilion so we will plan another event of this type in the fall.

The feature photos this month are of our spectacular entry sign and the Boos Courtyard. You may remember that David Granlund designed and formed the sign with some fancy equipment he has at home. Then, unbelievably, he installed it himself. We thank him again for this fantastic addition to our garden.

The "Night of the Luminaries" hosted by the City of Temecula in June was quite a successful event. We have noted an increase in visitors which always pleases us.

Just a note, there was a huge bee-hive in the Southwest Garden area which was removed by a beekeeper recently. Thank goodness the bees are no longer killed.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, August 23rd at 9:00. The meeting location is at the garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. We will discuss projects related to the garden. Members interested are always welcome to attend the meeting.

Boos Courtyard

Rose Haven garden is at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd. in Temecula.

Keeping Roses Cool

by Linda Freeman

Living in Canyon Lake summer temperatures are often a bit warmer than Temecula. One of my neighbors decided the midday heat was too much for the roses and came up with a clever solution. See the photos below; definitely extreme rose gardening!



Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesO nce again I'm reminded of unusual weather. This past year Temecula Valley temperatures seem to track similar for last three years. The number of days when temperatures were 100* or more are about the same with the average being similar for 2014 – to date. The fact is that there's a "new normal" but we don't have a clear idea of what that is going to be! The best guess is greater extremes with less predictability.

This year too we've had an odd summer: shorter periods of high temperatures and an usual amount of nominal rain over several days. All told, this summer hasn't been too harsh on my roses, and I've gotten reports that some local gardens had a nice show of blooms into July due to short HOT periods-but other has reported a lot of sunburned blossoms and stems. This is the result of the plant being unable to hydrate at the same rate as it's evaporation. I advise you to leave as many leaves on the plant as possible during this time of year as protection against sunburned canes. Sunburned canes can cause death to the rose plant.

That's why I still advocate planning for higher temperatures and less-than-ideal conditions for roses. Let your roses continue their summer dormancy until about mid-September. Why make them produce blooms when they're struggling to stay hydrated? Let your roses 'do whatever they do', that is, just remove and discard the withered petals and let the hips develop, keep the bed clean of debris, and DON'T fertilize. Twice a week give you HTs (Hybrid teas) a deep, slow watering of 3 gallons of water. Take an investigative stroll through your gardens in the AM, look for leaf wilt, drying or discoloring of leaves and the general leaf reflectance (surface luster). If it appears dull, investigate the plant for disease, drought or pests.

During you daily tour of your garden look for any changes. It doesn't take long for a rose to suffer once its irrigation supply fails. Examine the lower leaves. If they appear yellow or brown, have fine webbing and/or look dirty, there may be an infestation of spider mites. They thrive in hot weather. They're generally found on the undersides of those leaves. A quick check can be made by lightly running your fingers across the underside of the leaf. If it has a small grainy feel it most likely is the spider mite. A strong spray of water from below followed by an overhead shower should take care of the problem or, at least, hold it in check. Give the shower early in the day so the plant has time to dry before the sun becomes hot. Do this every 3 days for 10-14 days, inspecting regularly. It may be necessary to repeat after a few days if the infestation is heavy. Removing the bottom leaves approximately 8" from soil level can help in reducing to eliminating the spider mite problem. This should be done earlier, prior to an infestation.

The world is dangerous enough for plants, but we gardeners are also faced with risks. One recently came to my attention through a Dr. Gott. It's a dangerous fungus with the scientific name Sporothrix schenckii. It afflicts humans with the fungus infection sporotrichosis. It is often referred to as the Rose Thorn (or Rose Gardener's) Disease. The fungus resides on hay, sphagnum moss, the tips of rose thorns and in soil. It can cause infection, redness, swelling and open ulcers at the puncture site. The fungus can also spread to the lymphatic system and move on to the joints and bones where it ends up attacking the central nervous system and lungs when the thorn or thorns are deeply embedded. A relatively uncommon condition, diagnosis can be complicated. Physicians often mistake it as Staph or Strep infection. If you suspect this condition, be sure to inform your physician that you are a gardener so appropriate diagnosis and treatment are rendered.

If you have been following my summer protocol for growing roses you should have rose hips and few blossoms left on the bushes. Otherwise a semi dormancy period. Soon you will want to "wake" the rose bush up again for a couple bloom cycles yet in the year. Between mid-August and mid-September a small pruning should be done, do not remove more than a third of the current growth. Around first to mid September begin fertilizing again with one higher in phosphate, the P in NPK rating. Most organic fertilizers don't use this obvious rating. You will need to read the packaging information which will be in percentages. In either case look for something similar to 8-10-8.

We all enjoy the fragrance and beauty of roses, and have often had our skin pierced by thorns ("prickles" is the correct anatomical name). Good protective measures include wearing appropriate clothing (gloves, long sleeves, or gauntlets) when working among roses and thoroughly cleansing even minor scratches and punctures with an anti-bacterial soap. Rubbing alcohol—which you should already have handy to clean your pruner—can be applied as an immediate wash until you can use anti-bacterial soap. Anything more than a minor puncture should be watched carefully for signs of infection; seek medical attention as soon as possible if you show any of the signs described above. Even the simple things in life have risks-take precautions so you can stop and smell the roses.

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 2017

TVRS Members Meeting
Temecula Public Library – Community Room
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula (Google map)
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 (Google map)
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 (Google map)
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 (this links to Facebook)
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.

2017 Officers & Directors


Co-Presidents: Rebecca Weersing & Phyllis Bettelheim
Membership VP: Ann Schryer
Recording Secretary: Betty Dixon
Treasurer: Virginia Boos


Executive: Phyllis Bettelheim
Programs: Board of Directors
Membership: Ann Schryer
Records: Betty Dixon
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Rose Haven Planning: Bonnie Bell & Phyllis Bettelheim
Families In The Garden & Tree of Life: the committee
Education & Outreach: Open
Communications: Open


Bonnie Bell
Phyllis Bettelheim
Virginia Boos
Betty Dixon
Ben Jahanbani
Brenda Jahanbani
Frances Merritt
Tony Merritt
Barb Purdy
Ann Schryer
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