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ROSE PETAL NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2015

New location for our meetings will be held at the Dorian Parker Centre, # 227 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie (between Wellington St. and Cundles Rd.), west of Bayfield Street. This is a very pleasant city facility, with plenty of space on one level, in a residential area. We hope that this location will be our permanent home. There is free parking for everyone.

Message from Janice Schmidt, President of the HRS:

Dear fellow Rosarians:
Welcome to 2015! Every New Year is an exciting time as we will all look forward to a new growing season. When the sun shines, I look out the window and dream and plan what plants should I divide, where will I move them to? What new plants should I buy? Can the snow melt any faster? My patience is tested every year at this time.
As I return to reality and several more weeks of winter, I would like to begin this message with thanks to Edna Caldwell, our past president, and all the members of the executive that helped with Huronia Rose Society’s success over the last few years. Everyone worked tirelessly on many annual activities and new initiatives. I would also like to recognize the contributions of those that have retired from the executive but continue to attend our meetings and share their love of roses and gardening.
This year is our 35th anniversary, and it promises to be a good year with our annual rose sales at the farmers market, rose show, and inspiring speakers’ program. Therefore, I encourage you to attend our meetings, and as many of the other activities the society has planned in this special year.
I look forward to seeing you at our general meetings and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email me or any of your executive.
Renew your HRS Membership! For the Year 2015, Memberships will be available for renewal/sale at the Feb. 17th General Meeting. Please complete the Membership form at the end of the newsletter.

OPEN MEETING SCHEDULES FOR 2015
Feb. 17th
Photographic competition photos;
A sneak peek of the new rose bushes HRS will have for sale in May;
A brief annual meeting and a chance to socialize
Come to experience the beautiful roses and gardens that were captured on film last summer. It will help us to get through Feb and March.

April 21st
There will be miniature roses for sale that evening and photos with information of our selection of hardy rose bushes that we will have for your garden this May.
Speaker: Dale Lovering “Canadian Hardy Roses”

June 30th Annual Rose Show! with a program celebrating The Huronia Rose Society’s 35th Anniversary!

Sept. 15th
Topic and speaker TBA

Nov. 17th
“100 Garden Questions” Shari-Lynn Safir

Silent Auction of a painting of a rose “Tiffany” donated by local botanical artist Cherin Harris-Tuck will be closed at the Feb. 17th meeting. The lucky bidder will take it home that evening to enjoy for many years. The funds raised from this painting will go to support signage at the Memorial Rose Garden at the Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Rd., Barrie.

The photographic competition for 2014 was a huge success, so much so that we have decided to make this an annual event. Over 70 entries were received in ten separate categories and judged by Don Komerechka, a well-known photographer from the Barrie area.
We have not yet announced the winners;
Are you looking forward to knowing who won ribbons in each of the categories? Which rose won the Best in Show? Which member took the winning photo? We are not telling anyone the results, which will be announced along with the opportunity to view all the photos at the February 17th meeting. You will just have to attend our meeting to find out. See you soon.

Programs for 2015 — We are always interested in what topics our members would like to have for our programs. Send your ideas to any board member or put your topics in the suggestion box at each meeting.

HURONIA ROSE SOCIETY 2015 ROSE ORDERS

10 Dublin Bay – glowing red
10 Archbishop Desmond Tutu – deep red
10 Kosmos Fairy Tale – creamy white
10 Red Riding Hood – crimson red
10 Golden Fairy Tale – golden yellow
10 Let Freedom – red
10 Tropicana – florescent orange
10 Golden Showers – yellow
10 America – salmon
10 Winnipeg Parks – medium red
10 Emily Carr – rich red
10 Campfire – pink/yellow
10 Gertrude Jekyl – pink
10 Molineux – rich yellow
Rose Cultivation Web Site — There is a very informative “rose cultivation” web site one of our Members recently found located at http://www.rosemagazine.com. Besides offering wonderful photos of roses, it also provides very helpful advice on the planting and caring of roses. There are also web site listings for many rose societies, including the Huronia Rose Society.

Here’s an excerpt from an email received by one of our Members, who enquired about the web site from Garey, one of the web site’s authors. He describes how their web site began, where they are located, and also provides some insights into how it is produced.

24 Nov2014 — A little about us: My wife and I started the site in year 2000. My wife handles the photography, I do the web design and a friend plus others have contributed to write the articles. Rose Magazine is a hobby website and we have tried to keep the site up with correct and informative rose growing content. We are located in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area, British Columbia. Our web readers are from all around the world, and it’s interesting to get email from rose lovers who live in far away countries.

Dear Rosie,
Does the Huronia Rose Society have any pamphlets or other printed information available on the care of roses? If so, how can I obtain this information? Avid Gardener

Dear Avid Gardener:

The Huronia Rose Society has written three rose cultivation pamphlets, which are available for free to our Members and to our guests and visitors at our open General Meetings. The pamphlets are:

1. Growing Roses in a New Era: Tips to enjoy growing roses in your garden without a lot of work.
2. Your Guide for Planting and Caring for a Rose Garden, and
3. Winter Protection for Tender Roses.
Members can also ask that one or more pamphlets be mailed to them by contacting one of our Executive Members via email, telephone, or by submitting your request on our web site: http://www.huroniarose.com.

You might wish to keep note of which cultivation techniques worked for you and which didn’t. Then, you can supplement our pamphlets with your own gardening advice document.

Let us know your results!

ROSIE

Year 2015 Membership

Name(s) : ……………………………….………..…………………………….….…

Address : .………………………………..…………..……………………..…
Street Number, Name Municipality Postal Code

Phone : .……………………… e-mail : …………………….……………….. [ ] No e-mail
Please note that Member names and addresses are not made public.

[ ] New Member or [ ] Renewing Member

I prefer to receive the Huronia Rose Society newsletter by:
[ ] E-mail (pdf file) OR [ ] Postal Mail (paper copy)

I am willing to volunteer for one or more of the following activities*: (optional)
[ ] Annual Rose Show Committee [ ] Millennium Memorial Rose Garden maintenance
[ ] Spring Rose Sales (Barrie and/or Orillia Farmers’ Markets) [ ] Rose Society Publicity
[ ] Newsletter Contributions [ ] Web Site Content
[ ] General Meeting Topics and / or Speakers [ ] Huronia Rose Society Executive

*Your name will be forwarded to the appropriate Rose Society Director.

Amount: $ 12.00 [ ] Individual or $15.00 [ ] Family NOTE: Memberships expire October 31st.

Membership includes:
– 5 meetings annually to meet and share experiences with fellow gardeners
(February, April, June, September and November);
– exhibitor status at the Society’s annual Rose Show in June,
– bi-monthly Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail,
– Membership Handout listing HRS events plus types of roses for sale, and
– 10% discount at Botanix – Barrie’s Garden Centre (formerly Botanix Garden Centre.)

Please make your cheque payable to the “Huronia Rose Society”

Print and submit with your cheque at the next General Meeting, OR forward by postal mail to:
Huronia Rose Society, 10 Cook Street, Barrie, ON L4M 4E9

Your Membership Card serves as your receipt and Proof of Membership for purchase discounts.

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Meeting cancelled due to weather

Please note that the November 18, 2014 General Meeting has been cancelled due to impending weather conditions. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 25th at the Dorian Parker Community Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd, Barrie. We hope to see you all then!

Rose Petal News – November / December 2014

President’s Message:
Welcome to our Photography Night and Annual meeting on Tues. Nov. 18th at 7 pm at the East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East. The building can be accessed from Stanley Street just east of Bayfield St. off Livingstone St. East. Park at the front of the building. We are in one of the rooms to your right as you enter.
There were over 50 photographs entered in our competition this year, and they will be on display for everyone to enjoy that evening. We know you will appreciate the beautiful rose photos of this past summer–seems so long ago now, doesn’t it? Also, part of the program will be you, our Members, sharing the “Joys of the 2014 Garden”. So cast your thoughts back to those lovely days and evenings you spent among the roses, in your own garden or someone else’s. Often we talk about the problems we have, but this time we are asking you to share happy thoughts. Our Annual Meeting will be very brief and then we will have the rest of the program. Refreshments will be cookies and juice, so if you like a hot beverage, bring it with you. There are no taps or sink in these rooms, so making tea/coffee is very difficult.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Renew your HRS Membership!
For the Year 2015, Memberships will be available for renewal / sale at the Nov. 18th General meeting. Please complete the Membership Form at the end of this Newsletter.
2015 Meeting Dates

General meetings: Tues. Feb. 17; Tues. April 21; Tues. Sept. 15: Tues. Nov. 17
Rose Show and meeting – Tues. June 30;
Members’ Garden Visit – Tues. July 14
The Rose Show and Members’ garden visit: locations have not been decided yet. They will be announced as soon as possible.
Programs for 2015 — We are always interested in what topics our members would like to have for our programs. Send your ideas to any Board Member or put your topics in the suggestion box at each meeting.
HRS Christmas Cards — We have a few for sale with a photo of a Member’s rose on them, available at our meeting. There are always year-round greeting cards for Sale at our meetings of Members’ roses. Cost is $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.

Thanks go out to all Members who helped out on any Committees or other jobs on behalf of the Society during this past year. We thank the Board Members who are retiring for the tasks they took on and look forward to seeing them at our future meetings.

As your retiring President, I would personally like to thank you one and all for helping me out on my 2 years as your “recycled” President. It has been a pleasure to meet with all our Members as we shared our love of roses and worked side by side on our various projects and meetings.

Photographic Competition – At our November meeting, the judges will give us their results from the submitted photographs.

Last Chance! The beautifully framed botanical painting of the rose “Tiffany” is available for you to acquire just by putting the highest bid on our Silent Auction at our Nov. 18 meeting. This will be the last chance to bid on this lovely painting that was generously donated to HRS by the artist Cherin Harris-Tuck of Barrie to help pay for the new signage at the Memorial Rose Garden. It will go to the highest bidder that night. What a wonderful Christmas gift it would be for someone special, even perhaps, for you.

Favourite Roses
Jeanne Leong: My favourite rose from this season has to be our L.D. Braithwaite. It has been blooming almost continuously over the entire summer and into the fall. In fact, it has two very strong, colourful blooms, even today (Nov. 3). The plant receives lots of sun, and, being situated next to a stone retaining wall, benefits from re-radiated warmth into the evening and overnight.
Ellen Spencer: My favourite this year was Emily Carr. She grew very tall and bloomed profusely.
Ina Mechlinski: I like my rose “Seafoam”, a white shrub rose, hardy to zone 4. It is the best this year. It still wants to bloom. Bred 1963 in USA.
Dale Lovering: My favourite rose this year was ‘Black Jade’ – a miniature which is the darkest rose that I grow.
Linda Peacock: The 1812 Rose is fast becoming my favourite rose. It has bloomed constantly all season and still is blooming now. It has not been eaten by anything or shown any black spot.
Edna Caldwell: So hard to decide. I think my favourite roses is “Floral Fairytale” , a lovely soft amber colour, very full, shiny foliage and more compact than many of the FairyTale series.
Karen Shamas: It withstands anything nature does to it, has a gorgeous scent, a deep, red colour, little disease and blooms repeatedly. My favourite rose is the Rosa Rugosa Rubra.
Dear Rosie,

How can I keep track of which plants have done well in my garden versus those which have not? Is there a method or system for doing this that you would recommend?
Yours truly, Perplexed about planning.

Dear Perplexed:

I’ve found that keeping a journal of my planting, pruning, watering and fertilizing practices has helped me to be a more successful gardener. In a notebook, or, using a monthly calendar, document your daily, or weekly, gardening activities. One can record as many or as few details as one wishes. Include, for example, data on the temperature and weather, so that you can remember frost and rainfall information.

Another suggestion is to take regular photos of your garden to serve as a visual reminder of how well plants have thrived. You could write down when pruning and fertilizing were done so that plants don’t get cut back or fed more than they should. Another option is to make note of causes for concern: insect damage, lack of plant blooms, or wilting. In sum, regular record-keeping will allow you to review, at year’s end, what worked and what didn’t. You can use your gardening record book as the basis for choosing new plants, deciding where to plant, and repeating those cultivation techniques that resulted in success.
Yours truly,

ROSIE

A Gardening Club with a Difference

• Are you interested in various aspects of gardening?
• Are you a newly-retired person who has dreamed for years of spending more time gardening?
• Are you new resident of the Barrie/Simcoe County area?
• Do you enjoy others’ roses but think you can’t grow them in these parts? Or that they are too much work?
• Perhaps the Huronia Rose Society would be of interest to you.
• We all do enjoy growing roses, but we enjoy many other kinds of gardening, too. Companion plantings help give colour
all summer.
• We have speakers on general gardening topics as well rose-growing .
• We share information on the easiest roses to grow, that are disease and insect resistant so they require minimum care.
• Our Members’ Garden Visit has proved to be very popular, a social event to get to know each other better.
• We do have a rose show at the end of June where one can see roses one may want to grow.
• We offer hardy, disease and insect resistant rose bushes for sale to members and the public, which are Ontario grown
and ideal to our climate.
• So if you are interested in joining a group of friendly gardeners, contact our Membership chair at
jfl_leong@yahoo.ca or just come as a visitor to one of our meetings at no cost. See meeting dates and locations listed
on the Meetings page of our website, http://www.huroniarose.wordpress.com

Rose Petal News: August/September 2014

NEW MEETING LOCATION for HRS meetings as of
Sept. 16 and Nov.18, 2014.
East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingston Rd., Barrie ON
East of Bayfield Street.

Directions – If coming up Bayfield St., turn right onto Livingston Street, then left at 2nd set of stop lights at Stanley St. The entrance to EBCC is just a short distance along Stanley Street.
If you are coming into Barrie from the east, take the Duckworth St. exit, continue ahead onto Cundles Rd. (that area is under construction). Turn right at the first stop lights – Livingston St., continue over St. Vincent St. Soon Terry Fox school will be on your right, EBCC is the next building. The driveway between the school and ECCS can be taken into the parking lot. Park in the front parking lot and the meeting room is to your right as you enter the lobby. We moved our meeting venue because the city is charging $3.00 per hour for non-residents all around the waterfront.

Meeting

September 16th from 7 to 9 pm.
A “Question & Answer” follows the featured speaker of the evening, socializing over refreshments, wrapping up with Lucky Draws.

Gloria Broks

Topic: New Roses: Disease-free and Hardy

Gloria is a retired teacher, a member of the Canadian Rose Society and of Greater Toronto Rose Society, a CRS Rose Judge and a District 5 Assistant Director of The Ontario Horticultural Association.
Her digital presentation will feature many of the Fairytale and Vigorosa roses from Germany, that the HRS has been selling recently, as well as other kinds. She asks that members who have Fairytale or Vigorosa roses in bloom to please bring them for a ‘Show and Tell.” If you have any other beautiful roses in bloom, bring a few along, too. Please remember to include the names of the roses.
 Awards and Trophies from our June 24 Rose Show will be presented that night as well.
Photographic Competition – this evening is the deadline for submitting all those lovely photos you have been taking of your roses and gardens all summer. They are to be given to the chairperson, Janice Schmidt, with your name on the back and an entry tag attached. There will be extra tags on hand that night, so come early if you need time to fill them out. Then at our Nov. 18 meeting, we will see the results of the judging.

Painting of a beautiful rose from Ligita’s garden has been donated to our society by the artist, Cherin Harris-Tuck of Barrie. We are conducting a Silent Auction at this meeting and the Nov. 18th meeting. Save up your dollars so you can make several bids on this wonderful rendition of a pink Hybrid Tea with a gold base, called “Tiffany”.

Rosa Tiffany

Winners of Awards at the Rose Show

QUEEN of the SHOW — (Edna Caldwell Plaque) – Dale Lovering “Royal Princess”
BEST SHRUB ROSE — (Victor Loeb Memorial Trophy) – Ellen Spencer “Graham Thomas”
BEST RED ROSE — (Wendy Caldwell-Halkewycz Trophy) – Ellen Spencer “L.D. Braithwaite”
MINI QUEEN of the SHOW — (Plaque) – Dale Lovering “Winsome”
BEST DESIGN – NOVICE– (Rosette) (no entries)
BEST DESIGN – LEVEL B — (Reta Caldwell Plaque) – Audrey Miller “Be My Valentine”
BEST DESIGN – LEVEL C — (Betty Nielsen Trophy) – Ellen Spencer “Be My Valentine”
These awards will be given out at the Sept. 16 meeting and perhaps some photos taken at the show will be seen.

Memorial Garden – We thank the volunteers who helped with any and all jobs this year.
We did have a nice number of volunteers, but more are always welcome for next year. We hope to resolve the issue of parking fees for non-residents by next year.
It seemed like there was lots of moisture for the roses, but one variety, Jens Munk, because of a heavy canopy of foliage, lost most of their leaves by late Aug. So, they were pruned back to just new growth and we will watch how well they come back this fall

PHOTOS FROM THE JUNE HRS ROSE SHOW

PHOTO AT INA’S GARDEN — HRS GARDEN TOUR, JULY 2014

Nominations – As of the annual meeting of the HRS on Nov. 18th, we say a big “Thank You” to Linda Peacock and Dale Lovering who have decided to take a step back from serving on our Board of Directors for the time being. They have both acted in many capacities, especially each as President. Also, Marilynn Forbes, who has been a Director for 2014, will retire from that position because of her other commitments. We appreciate all the work these folks have contributed to the betterment of the HRS.
Therefore, we need some new blood (so to speak) on our Board of Directors for 2015. If you are interested to be more involved, speak to Linda Peacock, Ellen Spencer or myself, Edna, at our Sept. 16th meeting. When coming onto the HRS Board, you serve in the area you that interests you. You may also get a telephone call from one of the three of us if we are still looking for more volunteers.

Joyce Fleming of Grimsby, a hybridizer of Canadian roses for many years passed away this summer. Her most loved rose is Roberta Bondar, a yellow climber. She attended rose conventions in many countries and judged many rose shows. Her gentle manner and lovely smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Dear Rosie,

One of my rose beds is in too much shade now and tree roots are filling the bed. Even tho’ it is not a good time of year to do so, can I move them to a better location now? Where would I buy some more at this time of year?
Signed,
What To Do?

Dear What To Do:
If your roses are just not growing or flowering, and seem to be even getting weaker, then, yes, it is possible to take a chance to move them mid-summer, although normally it would not be recommended. Prepare the new bed with good soil containing compost, and choose a cool day when showers are predicted. Try to lift them with as much of the root system intact as possible and water well each day, unless there is rain, until they don’t show signs of shock.

You will still be able to find some potted roses at this time of year in garden centres. But, you would want to be sure they have been well cared for and that they are Ontario-grown bushes. One Ontario nursery will ship “bare root “ roses in November – http://www.palatineroses.com. This is an excellent way to give roses a good start for the next spring. However, HRS will have the best potted roses for sale in early May – they will be Ontario grown, hardy and disease-resistant. Watch our Winter newsletter for the list of roses we will have for sale then. For more details about bare root planting, see HRS’s pamphlet -“Your Guide for Planting and Caring for a Rose Garden.”

Good luck, ROSIE

REMEMBER! The NEW MEETING LOCATION for HRS meetings for Sept. 16 and Nov.18, 2014 will be at the East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingston Rd., Barrie ON East of Bayfield Street.

New Meeting Place as of September 2014

As of July 2, 2014 the City of Barrie implemented parking fees for non-residents at the South Shore Community Centre. To avoid adding this expense to some of our members we have changed our meeting place as of the September 16th meeting and forward. Our new meeting place will be the East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street E, Barrie. If you follow Livingstone Street to behind the Georgian Mall, turn left onto Stanley Street to enter the parking lot immediately on your right.

Rose Petal News: March/April 2014

The President’s Message to Rosarians
Welcome to Spring! (soon we hope) We are all longing for milder days, yet colder nights, to give us that marvellous crop of our part of Ontario – pure, sweet maple syrup. Then once there is a good supply of maple syrup, a nice gentle spring without flooding would be everyone’s wish, I expect. However, there is a positive aspect to this long, cold winter – the insects that over-winter in our gardens, on trees and bushes should have been exterminated by the cold. Maybe our gardens this summer will benefit. Spring will come, and we will so appreciate it this year. Hope to see all our Members at our April 15 meeting to learn some new rose gardening tips and meet other keen rose gardeners. Until then – think positive thoughts about warm sun and new growth. President Edna
Our annual Rose Show will be held with our June meeting, Tues. June 24 at the SSCC. Last year we combined the meeting with the Rose Show and it turned out well. There is a bit of a short time to get the entries in place. We ask that you bring your roses in vases already with the entry tags attached, so they just need to be placed on the table in the appropriate class. There will be a supply of HRS vases brought to the April meeting that are free for our Members to borrow, as well as a supply of entry tags for you to take with you. The time schedule for that day and the jobs that we would ask our Members to volunteer for are
Set up 4:30 pm
Entries received 5 to 6:45 pm
Judging – 7 to 8 pm
Meeting – 7 to 8 pm
Viewing the show – 8 to 9 pm
Take down the show 9 pm
We will have a sign-up sheet at our April meeting for our volunteers to help where they wish. Assistance will be given to anyone not sure where to place their entries. All Members are encouraged to bring some roses for our Show, even if you have never done that before because I am certain that all of you will have beautiful roses in your garden by June 24, and how nice it is to share that beauty with others!
The June 24 meeting program will have someone to give some basic photographic tips so Members can participate in our Photographic Competition on Sept.16. Then, there will be demonstrations of how you can use roses with other flowers to enhance the beauty of your home. Invite your friends to come with you to enjoy this evening celebrating and enjoying the beauty of The Rose.
The Millennium Memorial Garden of hardy, Canadian roses at the SSCC will need the loving attention of some volunteers to help with the removal of the dead blooms and cleaning up the fallen petals from near the end of June to the end of August. If you are a newer gardener and want to help but aren’t sure how to go about this job, there will be someone to show you how. Volunteers will look after specific jobs. There will be a schedule at the April & June meetings so that volunteers can sign up for two weeks at a time. With lots of willing workers taking a turn, no one has a big job. One of the great satisfactions of this job is the people who walk by the Garden when you are working and express their appreciation for the beauty of this display of roses.
In the 14 years since this Garden was started, the roses have always been in full bloom at the end of June. With all the snow we have, one may wonder about this year, but Mother Nature usually catches up with the right season. Time will tell, but we “promise you a rose garden” again this year.
HRS is planning a Garden Visit to one of our members’ gardens on July 8, at 6:30 pm. The location will be given out nearer to the time. This is a Members’ only event where we can socialize together, and enjoy one of our Members’ beautiful gardens. Those attending are asked to bring snacks or finger food, so our host’s family can be free to visit with us. Stay tuned for the location.
Membership:- Our 2014 rates are the same low price :- $12. for a single membership; $15. for a family membership. To date, 29 people have renewed their 2014 memberships . Enclosed in this newsletter is a Membership form to mail in your renewal.
A new web site has been launched for the Huronia Rose Society, within the past few weeks. It’s entitled, http://www.huroniarose.wordpress.com. We invite you to visit this new site regularly. It provides our General Meeting schedule and list of Speakers, our latest Newsletter, links to related Internet sites, and much more. Each week we will be posting a different rose gardening-related “tweet.” One was from a woman asking if we could recommend roses to grow over an arbour at her cottage near Minden that would be hardy. Dale, Jeanne and I each replied with suggestions for her.
Recently, a woman in Peterborough had the following request :-
I have been on the search for rose hips, preferably wild although not necessarily, for a couple of years now. I am from out East where they grow wild in abundance but have been having no luck here. I was hoping to possibly connect with someone who has roses who doesn’t treat them with any chemicals that would be willing not to dead head them so I could pick them in the late fall/early winter next year. Or maybe someone has property where wild ones grow? I would certainly be willing to pay! Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am currently in Peterborough, but could definitely drive to your area.
Thanks so much, K.R.
Edna replied to her that she might be able to supply some. Are there any of our other Members who might be able to help her? Contact Edna at 705 721-0484 if you can.
Sale of Potted Rose Bushes will start May 3rd for three Saturdays at the Barrie Farmers’ Market. We will sell at the new Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market at the ODAS Park, (new location), Fairgrounds Rd, starting May 10th . We have a variety of beautiful & hardy Ontario Grown Rose bushes. Price to Members: each rose bush is $15; for Non-members, $18 each or 3 rose bushes for $50. Please spread the news!
Another website that has come to our attention:-
http://conardpyle.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/plant-watch-protects-consumers-from-buying-inferior-roses/=

HRS has several publications giving all manner of free rose-growing information pertinent to our location here in Ontario and are available at our meetings.

Dear Rosie,

What suggestions would you have for giving my roses a good start after an especially cold and snowy winter?
A Rosarian

Dear Rosarian:

I suggest that you wait until the local forsythia is in bloom, and then remove the covering from around your rose plants. This will open the crown and better promote new growth once the spring sun becomes stronger. If the short-term forecast is for cooler weather, it is better to remove winter protection from around your roses in stages.

Once temperatures are consistently warm, remove roses’ protective coverings and re-use as mulch elsewhere in your garden to retain moisture and inhibit weeds.
ROSIE