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Temecula Valley Rose Society

An Affiliate of the American Rose Society

The Valley Rose

May 2018 Roses Vol. 29, No. 05

May 28
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President's Message

by Rebecca Weersing
TVRS President We are awash now in springtime blooms! We should take every opportunity to enjoy our own gardens, our neighborhood gardens and Rose Haven.

On Saturday, May 19 we have a group of volunteers who will be doing a couple of larger projects such as digging out sand from some of our low areas and spreading mulch where necessary.

Sunday, May 20 will be our annual First Bloom Celebration, Concert & Plant Sale. We will invite the community to join us.

Our concert group is called The WindSong Consort (, a woodwind quintet. Members are Cindy Anne Broz on flute, Cindy Smit on oboe, Mark Margolies on clarinet, Eduardo Contreras on French horn and Katherine Ortega on bassoon. They are a group of Southern California based musicians who have been playing together in various groupings for about 5 years or so.

From their website: "The WindSong Consort is a professional chamber ensemble which offers performances with varied instrumentation. The flexible nature of the ensemble allows for many types of performance options. The members of the ensemble are committed to maintaining the highest standards in both performance and repertoire. Our repertoire ranges from Contemporary/New Music to Early Music."

A Rose By Any Other Name ... Seven

Submitted by Jim Moss

My last installment in this series was printed without the last paragraph. I'm sure I hit a wrong key somewhere along the way, but I will now add that missing paragraph, one which I think is among the most interesting, being an explanation of the term "Sub Rosa".

Many of you probably know what these two words refer to but maybe not the reason behind them. If you do not know, Sub Rosa means almost anything in the legal field which is to be kept secret. A Sub Rosa meeting or investigation means that the activity described must be held absolutely confidential by all the parties concerned.

The practice of referring to secrecy dates back to the Middle Ages and this secrecy was made known to the participants, who upon entering the meeting room would see a rose suspended from the ceiling by a cord or piece of string. No further notice would be uttered as no other instruction was needed, only to SEE the rose was notification enough.

This then will wrap up my research into the hundreds of instances in our everyday lives where the word ROSE has been, and continues to be used in our language. From peoples' names, feelings, locations, good news (never bad!) nicknames, and a great number of other references, not to mention the names of our favorite flower, our language is dominated by the word Rose like no other plant. Hope you have enjoyed this series.

Families in the Garden

by Tori Cline

April's Families in the Garden program provided crafts involving recycled and reused materials from household items and previous events. Children were taught the importance of preserving the earth with the accompaniment of florally decorated paper hats and customized water bottle fish.

Our next program will be held on the 19th of May. Children will construct Tussie Mussie bouquets for mothers in honor of Mother's Day. For additional information please email Alicia Cline here or phone 951-234-2218.

Grocery Cards Benefit For 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.

This Month's Program:
Date: Thursday, May 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)
Speaker: Finch Frolic Gardens
Topic: Permaculture "teaches how to design your property to manage rainwater, stack functions so that each element works with the other, how to feed your soil rather than your plants, cut your costs considerably, and so much more."

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

May Birthdays & New Members

  Carol Hudson May 8, Linda Black May 31
New Members
  There are no new members this month.

Little Rose Show

by Virginia Boos

It's time again for the Little Rose Show at our meeting on May 17th. There should be lots of beautiful blooms now. You may enter no more than 6 roses in any of the 6 Classes (Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora, Floribunda Single Stem, Floribunda Spray, Miniature Single, Miniature Spray and Others or Unknown). Bring your own vases. With judging, you earn points toward Rose of the Day and the December awards.

Rose Haven Garden

by Bonnie Bell
   The garden is glorious with a profusion of luscious rose blooms and spectacular succulents right now. It's amazing how we observe this magic every spring and think it is more stunning than the year before. We are proud to provide the community with such a pleasant garden to enjoy.

A new glassed-in display box near the Education Pavilion now contains a Rose Haven identity sign and a Birds at Rose Haven sign. There is additional space for education and special event literature to keep everyone informed of happenings at the garden.

Our next garden committee meeting is Wednesday, May 23rd at 9:30. We will discuss garden improvements, projects, signage, and special events. All members are invited to attend. The address to the garden is 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula.

Post Script: Working under some bushes looking for a water leak, I could not identify a slight buzzing noise and really hoped I had not disturbed a bee hive. Slowly I stood up and discovered the buzzing source about 10 feet over my head – thus the drone photo. It was filming a newly engaged couple. Congratulations.

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

Families in the gardenTaking wedding photosApril blooming
Families in the Garden


Rose Care FUNdamentals

by Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian

Frank BrinesI f you feel like your garden just doesn't seem to be responding as it has in years past, you just may have noticed the effect of climate change. As I speak with other rose gardeners I learn that all are finding it more difficult to predict what to do and when as they have in past years. This makes planning rose shows a year in advance most vexing. The timing and development of growth is dependent on weather, especially a more constant predictable rhythm of temperatures. Flower production is effected greatly by inconsistent temperatures, sun and water as well. I've noticed shorter canes, unusual looking vegetation(form,color), distorted blooms. In my garden not as many blooms per bush, more fungi than in past, and bloom disease.

I think that the HOT temperatures will come as summer arrives. I will give some things that you can do to get your next cycle of good blooms before it gets too hot. A minor pruning to remove old blooms will reset the cycle of blooming. For quicker re-bloom prune back to the first outward facing five leaflet leaf. Most likely not all are at the same development, so just prune back as blooms fade—don't leave them in your garden or put them in your compost pile—make sure to put them into your green waste barrel. Continue shaping the bush for best production by pruning the cane to an outward facing bud. Each leaf axis has a bud. Knowing this makes it easy to discern an outward facing bud. Attempt to keep canes that are larger than the diameter of a wooden pencil.

Roses do like to eat and drink, so a constant supply of nutrients is mandatory. The soil microbiology is multi-tiered, abundant in beneficial microbes which create a sustainable soil diversity acting like an "immune system." Potassium helps develop a strong root system and better blooms assisting in preventing stress during adverse conditions. In fact, plants grown with organic fertilizers are themselves more resistant to pests and diseases. A soil test kit for analyzing the soil needs could save one lots of money, energy and guesswork for a fulfilling garden.

Organic amendments such as manure, compost or mulch stay where you put them, break down slowly and don't contribute to ground water pollution (as long as you prevent run off into drains). In addition, they improve the soil food web, so in the long run you end up using less product while providing "food" for all the small creatures like earth worms who act like rototillers mixing them into the soil to lower depths.

You may have experienced more fungi (mildew or rust) this year. Keep an eye for worsening conditions. Treating is dependent on how heavy the disease is, as well as your level of acceptance. If control is lost it may be necessary to strip off all of the diseased leaves and prune back and basically start over. There are some organic formulas using neem oil, insecticidal soaps, baking soda, etc. Do not use a formula that treats everything. Use only a product especially for the specific problem. Read entire labels and use accordingly and use safety equipment to avoid exposure to contaminates. One must cover up your own bare body parts when applying chemical treatments for disease or pests. Use approved goggles for eye protection, respirator mask, long sleeve shirt, water/chemical resistant boots and gloves. When the treatment is completed, immediately remove clothing and wash. Take a good shower to remove any possible contamination.

Gardens are showing increased prevalence of Black Spot and a new pest called Chilli Thrip which is much smaller than the Western Thrip currently in our gardens and more devastating as they eat ALL vegetation. Control is quite difficult and treatments are being studied. There are a few products being used which are still in research.

This year I discovered a bug that I'd never encountered before in my garden. My entomologist friend identified it as the Hoplia beetle. It is a native petal feeding insect that feeds on light colored petals of many plants unfortunately including roses. It is in the family Scarabaeidae with famous cousins like the Japanese beetles which is among the worst pests in the East Coast. This pest is very hard to control as today's pesticides are short-lived especially the less toxic insecticides. Even if you use those, collateral damage is just like those of regular insecticides and you would have to spray your light colored roses as recommended on the label. To avoid collateral damage to bees and other beneficial insects and birds, I just choose to physically remove them from affected blooms and either squish them or drop them into buckets of soapy water.

It is never too late to apply a thick layer of mulch. I prefer composted mulch, not coarse wood forest products, applied to a depth of 4 inches. Pine needles are also good for mulch. The best way to keep an entire bed uniformly supplied with water is to apply a generous layer of mulch. It's the single most beneficial act you can provide for your plants. I recommend against using mulch containing wood chips of any sort. There are several reason not to: Additional Nitrogen must be supplied to replace the Nitrogen needed to break down the wood fibers; also, a mold can result which can prevent fertilizers, water and oxygen from entering the root zone. Instead, I recommend composted mulch as it is well broken down and filled with nutrients ready to be integrated into the soil by worms.

I have grown many varieties of roses in my gardens. Most will grow well in the Temecula Valley. Heads up for something to prepare for in coming months. Don't expect to have great roses during July-September when temperatures are in the high 90s. Just keep the plants well hydrated as possible; let them enter a short period of dormancy or slowed growth, not to produce blooms which will likely be of poor quality and stress the plant as well.

Some varieties I recommend: Mr Lincoln. Outta the Blue, Easy Does It, Touch of Class, Double Delight, Joey, Gold Medal, Graham Thomas, Fragrant Cloud, Fragrant Plum, Sunsprite, Playboy, Sally Holmes, Ballerina, Tropical Lightening,Hey Jack, Neptune, Violet's Pride.

I am ARS Certified Rose Consultant. If you would like personal answers to questions you can leave questions on the TVRS website or write me at

For more ideas, visit TVRS' Rose Haven garden at 30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, as well as our web site at . You might also want to visit and search on Temecula Valley Rose Society to find events of interest to you. Spread the joy of roses!

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for 2018

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) 526-7436.
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 also coordinated by Alicia Cline.

Other Committee Meetings will be announced separately.

To see other events on our Society's event calendar click here.

2018 Officers & Directors

All Directors and Officers can be contacted here. By phone at 951-526-7436 or
by email at


President: Rebecca Weersing
Membership VP: Denise Vaccaro
Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bettelheim
Treasurer: Bonnie Bell


Executive: Rebecca Weersing
Programs: Board of Directors
Membership: Denise Vaccaro
Records: Phyllis Bettelheim
Finance: Bonnie Bell
Rose Haven Planning: Open
Families In The Garden & Tree of Life: Alicia Cline
Education & Outreach: Open
Communications: Open


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