The Summer Meeting
1. Welcome and introduction of members at 1:57 p.m. by President Steve Elkerton. There were 20 members attending in addition to John Drummond, owner and his four children at Greenbelt Farm, R.R.#5, Mitchell.
2. Approval of the minutes of the Quarterly Meeting of 7 March 2005 as distributed. Moved: Harry McGee. Seconded: Paula Martin. Carried.
3. Treasurer’s Report.
Balance 7 March 2005 $1,612.89
Bus Trip 2,695.00
Bank Interest 00.53
Total Receipts 3,050.53
Bus Trip 1,433.80
Meeting Room Rent 63.50
N-R-S Dues 200.00
Service Charges 12.00
Total Expenditures 1,882.81
Balance 27 August 2005 $2,780.81
Approval of Treasurer’s Report. Moved: Basil Kelly. Seconded: Maureen Mota. Carried.
4. N-R-C. Harry McGee thanked the society for payment of its dues, $200.00, the largest of any rose group in the federation. National Roses Canada almost has enough money to publish a pamphlet about suitable rootstock, R.multiflora, for Canadian conditions. This pamphlet is intended for nurseries and retailers.
5. Rose Planting. A discussion took place regarding planting depth. If a bush is planted too deeply, such as 6in., root rot can set in. Steve Elkerton read from a French book which promoted putting the bud union 2 to 3in. below soil level. He also felt that exposing most of a bush’s canes to harsh weather lead to severe spring pruning which would reduce the chance of diseases surviving the winter.
6. Vessey Nursery, Prince Edward Island. Allan Whitfield and Paula Martin had ordered several rose bushes from this company. These turned out to be weak plants.
7. Show and Tell.
(a) Steve Elkerton brought two rose books which he recommended. Growing Roses Organically by Barabara Wilde and Roses of America by Steven Scanniello.
(b) Reverend John Obeda had purchased Roses by Peter Harkness for $13.50 plus tax at a book sale which rotated between the Wendel Holmes bookstores in London.
8. Fantin Latour Old Garden Rose. Al Whitfield, Paula Martin, and Richard Cartwright reported that their bushes received a lot of winterkill and did not bloom this spring.
9. Standard or Tree Roses. These require special protection in order to get through the winter. The only reliable method is to dig a trench beside the bush, dig around the roots, tip the bush over into the trench, and bury. About mid-April the tree could be uncovered.
10. Closed-cell Foam. Rolls of this artificial foam were seen at Greenbelt Farm. This is used to cover the annual plant benches in their greenhouse during the winter.
11. Recommended Roses. Members were asked about which varieties best came through the winter. The following were mentioned: ‘Canary Bird’, ‘New Dawn’, and Rosa Mundi. Good growing roses were ‘Aachener Dom’, ‘Betty Prior’, ‘Broadway’, ‘Carrousel’, ‘Crocus’ rose (David Austin), ‘Double Delight’, ‘Jens Munk’, ‘John Cabot’, ‘Lavender Crystal’ (Mini), ‘Mrs. Oakley Fisher’, ‘Olympiad’, ‘Paul McCartney’ rose, ‘Queen Elizabeth’, ‘Rainbow’s End’ (Mini), ‘Roberta Bondar’ (full sun), ‘Sceptred the Isle’, and ‘Timeless’.
12. Rose Culture. It was agreed that bushes should be moved in late fall and early spring. Bottled fish emulsion (Muskie®) was suggested as a fertilizer. Another method was to dissolve alfalfa horse cubes in rain barrels.
13. Insect Infestation. Rev. Obeda brought stems of ‘Frau Dagmar Hastrup’ which had some galls attached. These were caused by a wasp. This bush is a R. rugosa hybrid which is hardy with no winter dieback. It produces large, single, pink flowers, and cherry red hips. Useful as a landscape rose.
14. Bio-Blitz® Fertilizer. Harry McGee has experimented with this fertilizer (6-4-4) as a foliar feed and growth stimulant. It is organically made from neem oil, pine oil, and tea tree oil. The application ratio is 1:100 and is done every three days including the underside of the leaves. After three applications, it is reduced to 1/3 the amount and used every three weeks.
16. Our Keynote Speaker. John Drummond is the owner of Greenbelt Farms (Zone 5), north of Mitchell, Ontario. He has been landscaping for 25 years. The nursery offers a wide variety of roses, the majority of which are on R.multiflora rootstock and the remainder are own-root. He looks for suppliers who have good rootstock due to proper sanitation which prevents crown gall. The roses are grown in large 25 to 30 cm. (10in.) fluted pots, to avoid root circling, with smooth walls for easy removal. The soil mix contains real soil, some pro-mix, and compost. The bushes are potted from October to early December. They are overwintered in a 40 x 40ft. former pig barn where the temperature is allowed to drop and rise gradually. A mulch of peatmoss, sawdust, and horse manure is used. The pots are removed in mid-April. There is no watering during the winter. The bushes are pruned in the spring. Fertilizing is done in mid-May with a slow release formula, 2 tbsp. at a time and three times a year, ending at 25 July. Well water is used. A copper fungicide and Trounce® control problems.
17. The next meeting is the Annual Meeting which will be held in Sarnia.
18. Termination at 4:10 p.m.
The aforementioned minutes are, to the best of our knowledge, an accurate account of the meeting of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society.
Richard Cartwright, Secretary
Approved by Steve Elkerton, President
Distribution: all members, patrons, citation holders, and honorary members.