Next meeting:  Tue Jun 5 @ 1:30 PM.

MLRS Gets Ready for the Amador County Fair

At our June meeting members will share winning tips for the upcoming Amador County Fair.  Learn how to enter your roses, arrangements and other cut flowers for fun and prizes.

We will have examples of some of the Horticultural categories, hands-on instruction and other fun facts.

Meeting is free and all are welcome.  Tue. June 5 at 1:30 PM, Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch, Road, Jackson CA.  Bring a friend!

The McCartney Rose

Our May meeting was a Roundtable featuring Member’s Tips for Growing Roses.  Here’s a sampling of advice of what works and what doesn’t, shared at meeting:Words of

Wisdom from the MLRS Round Table, May 1, 2018

“Don’t cut off frost damage too soon in winter.”
“You need foliage to use water. Don’t start watering yet.”
“Walk your garden every day.”
“‘Source sink concept.’ Pinch buds instead of cutting
blossoms with long stems on newly planted bare
root roses. Plants need those leaves to establish a
healthy plant.”
“Never put slow release fertilizer grains in your rose bed.
Perennials will take those nutrients and take over the
garden. If you need color, plant annuals.”
“Water your pots twice a week now.”
“Roses are resilient. Compost spring and fall.”

Easy Going floribunda rose

“Roses need air circulation.”
“Stick with success.”
“Mass plantings are more effective for color than individual
“It’s OK to get rid of the roses you don’t like.”
“Don’t let old climbing roses get out of control. Hard to dig
them out.”
“Potting soil will compact over time and effect drainage.
“If you have a deep pot, use an long drill bit to get through
the soil and down to the bottom of the pot.”
“Read the class descriptions to be sure you are entering roses
in the correct class and follow tip to get roses ready for a
Rose Show.”

Save the Date:  Annual Rose Festival Sep 22 & 23

Howdy pardner!  This year’s theme is Wild West Roses, which is sure to be a rootin’ tootin’ good time.   Fair Festival Chair RayMona Cunha will be rounding up planning committee very soon.

Congratulations to MLRS member Cherry Hoover who recently passed the American Rose Society Horticultural and Arrangement Judging Exams.  We are delighted and proud!

Be a Garden Angel – next workday Fri  @ 9 AM

Join in the fun and help make Amador a more beautiful place.  Mother Lode Rose Society garden workdays (no more than two hours) weather permitting at 9:00 AM. Amador Senior Center Rose Garden.  No experience needed, all welcome. Bring gloves & clippers.

Mother Lode Rose Society membership for 2018 only $20 individual or $25 per family.  Renewing ASAP insures you will be included in the MLRS Directory.  Make checks payable to MLRS and send to Mother Lode Rose Society, PO Box 7, Plymouth, CA 95669. For membership and renewal forms, see Membership page or click here.


ARS logoJoin the American Rose Society.  Members receive “The American Rose” magazine, the handy reference “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and other valuable resources.  See www.rose.org for more info.