Pt. Defiance Park
Hmm, sounds ominous - "Deadheading!" But
really, it's not. Tacoma Rose Society members and guests help maintain the rose
garden at the park, coming by once a week to remove the spent and fading rose
blooms so the garden always looks its best, not only for visitors but also for
the many weddings and celebrations in the rose garden.
You are invited to help!
Want to help keep the rose garden looking
great? Bring your pruners, kneepad, bucket, (and raincoat when needed), and
join us at the park about 4:00 p.m. each Thursday beginning June 26. We'll
teach you proper rose pruning techniques and answer rose growing questions.
Join us for Pruning
at the Park
June 26- September 11
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
or until completed
TACOMA ROSE SOCIETY
JUDGING ROSES AT A ROSE SHOW
As you are looking at your roses and
deciding which to enter in the Rose Show, keep in
mind the very most basic guidelines for judges. The
six prime elements of judging used in point scoring
Form: 25 points
Color: 20 points
Substance: 15 points
Stem & Foliage: 20 points
Balance & Proportion: 10 points
Size: 10 points
Total: 100 points
As you can see, the majority of the
points are awarded to the bloom. Remember, though,
that stem and foliage and overall display do count.
Cut your roses with these points in mind. See you at
the show July 12!
Regular Meetings - 2014
TRS Meetings are at
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
6202 S. Tyler Street, Tacoma, Washington
ASK THE CONSULTING ROSARIAN
John Moe, Master Rosarian
Rose Spraying Safety
Q – I never spray on a windy day, but on
other days when I do I always try to keep out of the drift.
I do wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and gloves, but do
I really need a respirator?
A – The last time I had a class on chemical
safety, the number of rosarians that indicated that they do
not use a respirator disturbed me. There is no such thing as
a safe insecticide or fungicide, and the most important
thing is not to get this stuff in your eyes, breathe it into
your lungs or get it on your skin.
A lot of the new pesticides merely indicate
do not get into eyes, and avoid breathing vapor or spray
mist. Now how can you do this without a respirator? If you
can smell what you are spraying, you are breathing in the
Most of us have a number of gray hairs,
which indicates that we have been around for a while, and
have breathed in a lot of different things. I am sure that
our lungs are not like they were when we were 20, so why add
to that when we know we can do something about it?
Some pesticide problems may not show up for
many years, and in a way unexpected such that that "route"
was never tested for. But bottom line, each rosarian will do
what he or she wants, but for me – if I were not willing to
wear protection, I wouldn’t spray!