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February 2015 – President’s Message

by Barbara Todd, President

While we all wish for more rain, the beautiful weather we’ve been having has been ideal for getting out into our garden to prune our roses, spray and plant new roses. Be sure to buy your new roses now and shovel prune those that have not done well. The selection is usually good at this time of year, although bare root roses may already be potted up and a bit more expensive than when they were bare root.

Thanks to Barry Johnson for putting together a great pruning demonstration program at our January meeting. Jerry Georgette brought in his cadre of rose pruning tools to explain their use and Stuart Dalton gave a great pruning demonstration. Thanks also to Marie Hubbell for demonstrating the correct way to prune miniature roses.

As we do every year, our rose society has made a significant community contribution through our efforts in pruning the Palo Alto VA Rose Gardens. All this hard work will be rewarded when springtime arrives.

Please plan on attending our February meeting on February 20. Barry Johnson will present the slide show he was unable to show at our Christmas pot luck covering 2014 because of technical difficulties. He will also show slides from the Christmas party and the recent pruning at the Palo Alto VA. Jerry Georgette will give a brief history of our involvement with the Palo Alto VA rose garden and Consulting Rosarians will also be available to answer your questions. 

Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.
– Anonymous

January 2015 – President’s Message

By Barbara Todd, President

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and joyful New Year. Our holiday potluck was a big success. The food was delicious and the company great. Thanks to Jill and her crew for set-up and the lovely decorations and to Pam Schenk for picking up the poinsettias for our tables and raffle. Our annual slide show was delayed to a future meeting due to technical difficulties. A special thanks to Alice Affleck, our District Director, for installing this year’s officers and
board members.

As we start another year, we face one of the most important tasks in the rose growing cycle. It is time to begin pruning and stripping the leaves from your roses. Correct pruning now will produce a nicely shaped rose bush in the spring graced with beautiful flowers.

Any newer members not familiar with this ritual, or those in need of a refresher, should be sure to attend our next Membership meeting on January 16th. The proper technique for pruning roses will
be demonstrated, and the correct tools for the job will also be explained. If you have container roses, bring some for the demonstrators to prune. As you know, Roger Reynolds has closed so we will not be demonstrating there, so be sure to attend the Membership meeting.

I look forward to serving as your President for a second year, with my capable officers and board. I hope your holidays were filled with joy and warmth, and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

“They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes, within a dream.”
― Ernest Dowson, The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson