Temecula Valley Rose Society

Rose Care Corner, December, 2007

by Frank Brines – Consulting Rosarian

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ell, here we are, the end of the year 2007. I woke this morning to the sound of very welcome rainfall. With Thanksgiving barely past and Christmas looming before us, we're thinking of holidays past and planning for holidays to come–who to buy what for, where to go, shop, travel, visit, and decorate, prepare, cook, time, friends, family–so many sugar plums racing through my mind. STOP! SLOW DOWN! BREATHE! ENJOY . . . ENJOY!

 This month is for dreaming, wishing, and relaxing–our roses agree. They are slowing down for a short winter nap here in Southern California. The only thing I need to do is to remove debris from the garden floor and keep the spent blooms cleaned–just remove the petals, and leave the hips. The maturing hips send a message to the plant that it's time to rest–and to start initiating basal buds and new roots.

 If you are lucky enough to have abundant blooms for holiday centerpieces, go ahead: Cut and enjoy–but just leave some hips on the bush. No fertilizing this month. Reduce the water. Look through some new rose catalogs and select the new varieties you want to add to your garden in January.

An Apology

 I was going to submit an article about roses that do well in our valley and designate those as good exhibition vs. good garden roses. I discovered that the project is more challenging than I'd expected! I need your help: Please let me know which roses have performed particularly well for you here in the Temecula valley. Meanwhile, I'll be researching for a more complete and formal list that will appear (and constantly develop) on the Web site.

We Need Your Help!

 Fellow members, visitors, friends, and others reading this newsletter, let me pile it on deep by repeating my compost challenge: The Temecula Rose Society's Rose Haven Garden needs new composted mulch on all areas! The Rose Haven Committee has identified specific areas that are in particular need so they can be made presentable. Those will require 40 cubic yards of mulch. I challenge you to make a contribution toward this effort, and I will match your pledge up to 20 cubic yards. A cubic yard costs about $15. We're about half way there with commitments for 10 yards and my match of 10 yards. Join in! Your donation is tax deductible. Donate in honor of someone and have the pleasure of taking them through the garden next spring to see the beauty that your donation produced!



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