Rose Petal News August / September 2019

Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.

Dear Fellow Rosarians:
We are still enjoying summer and making it last if we can. I do hope that you have had success with your roses this summer despite the lack of rain. Thank you to the person that invented hoses.!!
We are looking forward to our next meeting on September 17th at Dorian Parker Community Centre. It is Awards Night and our guest speaker, Don Komarechka, who will be speaking on photography. Much needed by those of us who love to take photos especially of our gardens. He will be helping us to “think out of the box” when taking photos.

Again, our Annual Rose show was a great success, and there are more details to follow in this newsletter. We had a lovely visit to Willy Vanderpost’s gardens for our annual garden visit. After our tour of her roses, we had some lovely refreshments and various finger foods to enjoy while having a chat with other members.
I do hope that our members have had a chance to visit our Rose Garden down on the lake shore. The roses have pretty well finished but if you haven’t been, it would be a good idea to go and see where the garden is and then have a leisurely walk along the lake shore. The views are wonderful. And it is very peaceful. Thank you so much for all the volunteers who helped with the watering and the maintenance of the garden.
We are always looking for new members so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to invite them to the next meeting.
Next year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary so the committee is already making plans. If you have any photos or information concerning the first meeting. Please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you at the September meeting.

Virginia Foster, President

PROGRAM UPDATE
Program – Tuesday, September 17th. The topic is:

“The Universe at our Feet through Photography”.
Our speaker is Don Komarechka, a Barrie photographer who has judged our photographic competition every year. He is an expert at close-up photography, specializing in photographing snowflakes. We will learn many tips to help us take better photographs of our flowers and any other subjects we want to capture by camera.
Don’t miss this meeting. It is also our Awards Night from our Rose Show in July.
Since our roses often put out a great show of blooms in September, we invite you to bring one or two of your best blooms to this meeting, with their name if possible. Hope the bugs have disappeared by then!

 

Program – Tuesday, October 15th. The topic is:
Keukenhof Gardens, Holland; Monet’s Garden, France”
Our speaker is Edna Caldwell.
Edna visited the Keukenhof Gardens outside Amsterdam in April 2017, renowned for their fantastic display of spring bulbs set amongst acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and shrubs.

In September 2018, while touring France, Edna captured on film many plants in the spacious gardens at Givenchy, the home of Monet, famous for his painting “Water Lilies”. She is pleased to share these wonderful landscapes with our group.

IN ADDITION

1. Bring your entries for our 2019 Photographic Competition that night. It will also be our annual meeting.

2. The following is a synopsis of a letter received by Edna, that we believe will be of great interest to our readers.

Hello Edna:

In my retirement, I remain keenly interested in both garden and wild roses and continue to make observations and write about both, along with the insects associated with them. I also hope to complete articles on the European roses that have gone feral in the Maritimes, along with garden roses I have observed on cruises of the Baltic and from Amsterdam to Budapest.
Recently, I have been working with a citizen scientist in Seattle on a cynipid gall found on feral roses in the State of Washington. The gall is called the mossy rose gall or Robin’s pincushion or rose bedeguar. It has been accidentally introduced into Canada and the United States along with it its hosts the dog rose (Rosa canina) and sweet briar rose (Rosa rubiginosa). The scientist is an advanced ‘amateur’ and a lawyer by trade and has built an elaborate laboratory with his own funds to study this gall and others.
Both these roses are found in Ontario; however, I usually have difficulty in telling them apart. I usually rely on the apple odour of the sweet briar rose. Both roses have gone feral in southern Ontario and the galls remain on them. Several years ago, I found the roses and galls at many sites from Sudbury to Windsor. I found several this past weekend at an old homestead site on Manitoulin Island. See attached photo. This one is size of an apricot.

Joseph D. Shorthouse, BSc, MSc, PhD, Fellow of the Entomological Society of Canada
Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Environmental Biology Freelance writer and photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Gall Wasp

 

Diplolepis rosae is a hymenopteran gall wasp which causes a gall known as the rose bedeguar gall, Robin’s pincushion, or moss gall. The gall develops as a chemically induced distortion of an unopened leaf axillary or terminal bud, mostly on field rose or dog rose shrubs.

 

Crown gall is a disease caused by a soil inhabiting bacterium that infects many ornamentals and fruit trees in the garden. It is often brought to a garden on the stems or roots of an infected plant and spread with contaminated pruning tools and soils. This bacterial disease causes the formation of large corky galls up to several inches in diameter. They appear at the base of the plant and on stems and roots, and commonly on the bud union. Roses should not be planted where plants susceptible to crown gall have been removed because of the disease. Over the years of growing roses, I have seen this gall in my garden.

 

We have Joe’s address so if you see a gall on one or more of your roses please send the pictures to  jantim200698@gmail.com  We will make sure we forward the photographs on to Joe.

 

ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Do you love photography? Would you like to share your best shots of roses with our society? We are so excited to announce that we are launching this year’s contest.
Entries Submitted – October 2019
Convener: Janice Schmidt (705-728-7719) email jantim200698@gmail.com
The Huronia Rose Society invites our members to enter the Photo contest.

Competition Rules:
Submission of all photographs must be accompanied by an entry tag and include:
Photographer’s name
Where the image was taken (if possible)
Category entered including class number
Name of the rose/s (if possible)
Photographers can enter 2 entries per class
Photos taken in 2018 and 2019 may be submitted except for entries from a previous Huronia Rose society photographic competition.
Any type of camera is permitted.
The photographs must be 4 by 6
The photographer/s of the winning entries may be asked for permission to use the images on the Huronia Rose society greeting cards. Digital access or the original photos should then be supplied.
Photographs will be submitted and judged at the October 2019 meeting.

Images will be judged for originality, composition, overall visual impact and artistic merit.

CLASSES
1. A photo of a garden with roses
2. A close- up photo of one rose bloom (any type)
3. A close- up of a cluster of roses (any type)
4. A photo of a public Rose Garden (anywhere in the world)
5. A photo of roses and a companion plant in the garden (any type of rose or companion)
6. A close –up of a Canadian rose (Morden, Explorer or Artist rose, a bloom or spray)
7. A close- up of an old English rose (David Austin type, a bloom or spray)
8. A close – up of a miniature rose (a bloom or spray)
9. A close- up of any rose fully open with stamens showing
10. A photo of a rose bush/climber in bloom

ALL DECISIONS MADE BY THE JUDGE ARE FINAL

ENTRY TAGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING

UPDATE ON THE CANADIAN ROSE SOCIETY (CRS)
Edna Caldwell, Michelle Lynch, Virginia Foster and Janice Schmidt make up the steering committee working on the revitalization of the CRS. We are pleased to report that a meeting has been scheduled on September 22nd at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington at 2:00 pm central time. Invitations have been sent out across the country to CRS members and an agenda will be circulated to those that will be attending electronically and in person prior to the meeting. We are looking forward to suggestions on how to move the CRS into the future and to the election of an interim President, Vice- President and Secretary which will work with the remaining executive until 2020.

HURONIA ROSE SOCIETY AGM

At the October 15th meeting we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The existing executive will conduct a short overview on our society’s operations.  Additionally, any open executive positions will need filling, and if you would like to join the executive, please contact one of the nominating committee members, Virginia Foster, Janice Schmidt or Ellen Spencer.
Should you decide to fill a position as part of the executive, it would involve four extra meetings a year and the hope that you would assist on one of the working committees. I have been on the executive for several years and have found the work enjoyable, fun and the opportunity to make many dear friends. Please put your name forward. We could use your help.

MEMORIAL GARDEN
The rose bushes got off to a great start with the cool damp weather in spring. By July, with hot weather, watering had to be done weekly. Thanks to Charlotte LeBoeuf, Lynn Schnitter, Irene Slessor, Victor and Virginia Foster and Cherin Harris-Tuck for keeping the garden looking attractive all summer. I want to give a special thank you to Lorraine Gray who each spring and late summer helps with the important task of pruning to keep the roses growing vigorously. We receive many complements from the people walking and biking by the garden. We also got words of appreciation from one of the city’s Parks and Rec staff for how well the garden looks all the time.

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF THE LATE DAVID AUSTIN

 

Annual Rose show
Tuesday, July 02, 2019

 WINNERS

 

 

Queen of the Show “South Africa”
                                  Victor Foster

 

 

                  Miniature Queen of the Show “Waterlily”
                                   Ellen Spencer

 

 

                                            Best Shrub Rose
                                            FJ Grootendorst
                                               Grace Kent

 

 

                                             Best Red Rose
                                            Mumsted Wood
                                              Grace Kent

 

 

                          Best Design by Novice Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend
                                    Dale Lovering

                                  Best Design Experienced Designer
                                Fisherman’s Friend by Edna Caldwell

                                                                           Judge’s Choice
                                                                       Golden Celebration
                                                                          Edna Caldwell

 

Memories

                                                        A reflective design, Memories, winner Holly Wells
A Reflective Design is a creative design containing material(s) that reflect, give back image(s) of light or other components to the viewer. Reflective components are essential to the design and must appear throughout the design. Staging a design on or in front of a mirror is not a Reflective Design.

 

 

 

 

 

The evening was successful with a total of 87 entries, 74 specimen roses and 13 designs finishing with socializing and sharing rose growing experiences over tea and cake.

 

Next year is our 40th anniversary and the steering committee has begun to meet to discuss and create a year of memorable experiences for our society members.

 

VISITOR(S) TO MY GARDEN

Members of this family are commonly called “hummingbird,” “sphinx,” or “hawk “moths, and some can be mistaken for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird moths’ range throughout North America but spotting this masterpiece of Mother Nature is a rare treat. If you’d like to increase the odds, make sure their favorite food sources are well represented in your garden and keep your eyes peeled during the times of day they’re most likely to appear. Like most moths and butterflies, the adult hummingbird moths feed on nectar from a variety of flowers, but their larvae need more specific food plants, such as several species of honeysuckle, dogbane, or some members of the rose family such as hawthorn, cherries, and plums.
This summer I have seen this moth several times in early afternoon and it was attracted to my Bergamot. The above photo is courtesy of google images so that you can get a clear picture of this unique creature. The photo below is taken in my garden.

Should you get a welcomed visitor that you would like to share with our membership, please send your photo and information to jantim200698@gmail.com

 

Year 2020 Membership Form
( ) Single Membership – $15.00
( ) Family Membership – $20.00
( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member
Name(s)_______________________________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________________________
No. Street City/Town Postal Code

Phone No: __________________            E-mail_____________________________                   ( ) none

Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.

Membership includes:

1. 5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. With guest speakers
2. Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show
3. Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail
4. 10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)
5. Most importantly – the opportunity to learn all about
Roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.
6. Membership card
Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society
Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:

Huronia Rose Society
c/o Lynn Schnitter
597 Mapleview Drive, East
Barrie, On. L9J 0C3

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