The Monroe Garden Club held their June meeting at the James Monroe Community Room.
Hostesses were Becky Howard and Jean Maple. Cheri Berns of Bern’s Garden Center presented the program on Roses.
The Knock Out Rose is the popular rose this season. Several Knock Out rose bushes were on display. It is a landscape rose, self-cleaning, blooms now until fall, and has no mildew and a mild fragrance. Colors are red, Pink Knock Out, and Blushing Knock Out. Rainbow Knock Out which is pink with a yellow center will be introduced next year.
Also on display were blooms of various roses (many which will be introduced next year) which include Black Barracuda (Black Rose) is darkest red she has seen, Easy Living a floribundia in apricot, blooms all summer, Double Knock Out – red with slight aroma, gets mildew, Homerun-single bloom, get more for color, is a sport of Knock Out, Burgundy Ice – burgundy, Truly Yours – pink rose, Ebb Tide – lavender purple, double with slight aroma, Julia Child – florabundia, strong yellow, blooms well. Climbing roses Soaring Spring – white with pink edged petals, Sky’s The Limit – yellow climber and Valentine’s Day a miniature red climber.
She brought several examples of products to care for roses such as Job’s Stakes for Roses, Osmocote, Rose Tone, Systemic Granules and Bayer Systemic are insecticide and fertilizer a 6-week program.
She suggest water early in the morning, plant where they will get 6 hours of sunlight, can be planted in the fall. Do not fertilize if planted in the fall. Care also includes deadheading, hybrids cut back to 5th leaf and cut weak wood. She also answered many questions on the care of other plants.
Peggy Hesson, co-president presided over the business meeting.
Minutes of May meeting and treasurer’s report were accepted.
Civic Beautification committee reports plates have been purchased for benches donated to city. Dwarf Alberta spruce trees were planted in 2 planters and red geraniums have been planted at City Building. Programs for the coming year were discussed. Card party will be held on October 12th.
Additional information will be announced later. Blue ribbons were presented to Marilyn Niebur for horticulture Rose and Becky Howard for her exhibit “Everything Coming Up Roses”.
Club members enjoyed a delicious desert course. There will be no meeting in July. The next meeting will be an installation of new officers’ luncheon at the Peerless Mill Inn on August 19th at 12:30 PM. Guests are always welcome at Club meetings. Contact Peggy Abernathy at 539-7892 if you are interested in attending a meeting.