March 2019 Meeting of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society

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Cramoisi Superieur

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will have their March meeting on Monday, March 18 with social at 6 pm and program at 6:30 pm at James Island Town Hall located at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd., James Island, SC 29412.

The program will be the China Rose which is the foundation species upon which all our modern roses are built, whether they be bedding or shrubs or perpetual-flowering climbers. It’s influence in rose-breeding over nearly two hundred years has been so great, so overwhelming, and so potent that it is difficult to see where we should have been without it. The most important characteristic of a China Rose is its ability to repeat bloom.

Here are a few of the China Rose that are still popular today.

  • Archduke Charles
  • Cramoisi Supérieur
  • Louis Philippe
  • Mutabilis
  • Old Blush
  • Perl d’Or’
  • Rouletii
  • Slater’s Crimson China
  • ‘The Green Rose’, R. viridiflora



Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society February Meeting


Date:          Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Time:         Meet and greet at 5:30 pm

                    Program around 6 pm

Where:       James Island Town Hall, 1122 Dills Bluff Rd., James Island, SC

Program:   Tea Roses

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Mons. Tillier – Photo by


We will meet in the conference room in the back, there will be a big meeting at 7 pm in town hall of government officials.

Characterized as variable in height, with some of the best cultivars being Climbing Teas. Teas have large blooms on weak stems, resulting in drooping, or nodding, flowers. (not hybrid tea roses). If you have any blooms please bring them.

Bring food. There will be some folks coming from work!


Drip Irrigation From A Surface Well




This article appeared on The Charleston Rose, the monthly newsletter of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, Jan-Feb. 2013 issue, Editor – Rosalinda Morgan, contributed by William Prioleau, M.D.

Now, that it is getting chilly, it is time to tune up irrigation systems so that it will not be necessary to go out to water roses in the heat of the summer.

A farmer friend asked me to send him an account of how we irrigated. Here is what I am sending him.

A drip irrigation system from surface well, evolved over the years in our yard, is dependable, economical, and requires little maintenance.


A one quarter or one half horsepower pump is adequate for gardens with 100 roses. The following irrigation equipment is available at ACE hardware stores: garden hose, water timer, filter, Y hose connector, adapter from the filter to one-half inch tubing, a roll of one half-inch tubing, a punch, a roll of one-quarter inch tubing, and an end plug.

Irrigation emitters that operate in the presence of sediment permit passage of four gallons of water an hour, have a plug that can be twisted or removed, and have a locking mechanism that keeps the plug securely in place. Such emitters are available from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (


A Y hose connector is attached to a pump. A garden hose is attached to each end of the Y. One hose goes to the filter and the roses. The other hose serves as a runoff for the pump. The flow in the runoff hose is adjusted so that the pump runs smoothly when the system is operating. Smooth running of the pump prevents wearing out of the check valve which occurs if a pump is allowed to turn on and off rapidly.

An emitter is placed in the irrigation line near the base of each plant. To each emitter is attached a length of one-fourth inch tubing the end of which is supported above the mulch so as to make flow of water visible.

A plug at the end of the irrigation line is left partially open so as avoid accumulation of sediment. If the plug is closed completely, small particles of sediment that pass through the filter will build up and close off the last two or three emitters in the line.

At 65 pounds per square inch a hose has enough pressure to eject small particles of sediment from twelve filters in a line. If one exceeds a ratio of one hose to twelve emitters, pressure may be insufficient to eject sediment from emitters when irrigation is initiated. With more than a dozen emitters, additional hoses with filters need to be added at points along the line to make a system dependable. If one adds too many emitters to a line, twisting of emitter plugs becomes necessary to initiate flow.


When a pump that has been running smoothly starts to go on and off, sediment has likely accumulated in the filters, and the filters need emptying. Batteries in present day timers need to be changed once a year. Other than that, little else is needed for a dependable watering system.

CLRS November Meeting – Monday, November 19, 2018

At the October meeting we discussed moving our meetings to a different day due to a conflicting Girl Scout meeting at the same place. The new James Island Town Hall has become very popular.

Most of the members at the meeting felt the Sunday meetings had been poorly attended. So we found the Town Hall available on the 3rd Monday from 6 to 8 pm open. We will start with food and fellowship at 6:30 pm and the program at 7 pm. The address is 1122 Dills Bluff rd. Next Meeting is on November 19.

Noisette Rose Plant
Blush Noisette at Rosalinda Morgan’s Garden


The next program will be on Noisette roses and John Champney. This classification of roses originated in the United States by John Champney and Philippe Noisette of Charleston, SC, Plants are large and sprawling, often reaching up to 20 feet tall. Blooms are produced in fragrant clusters.

Kathy Woolsey

President, Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society


Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Oct 2018 Meeting

A message from the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society President, Kathy Woolsey.

October 7 2018, Workshop: Rooting Old Garden Roses Share & Swap Roses. Bring cuttings and clippers. Social 3pm. Meeting 3:30.

October is the best time to root roses, everyone is invited ! No Roses -No Problem we will have plenty to share.

The address for the new James Island Town Hall is 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. Near Camp Rd. not far from the old town hall location. Girls Scouts will be in the building on the left. Follow the boardwalk down to the end and take a right. Leave your bucket with the cuttings outside the door. We will do the cuttings workshop outside.

Cut garden roses are needed for the Flower Show at the fair. Please note the flower show has a new location to the right of the main gate.

October 25, First Fair Flower Show

First Flower Show Entry Drop-off

Oct 24, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Oct 25, 2018 6:15 AM – 10:00 AM

October 30, Second Fair Flower Show

7:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Penelope Hybrid Musk Rose is very easy to root and will grow in the Lowcountry with very little care.


Participate in Roses in Review 2018

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I got this email from the American Rose Society:

Deadline – Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 


2018 marks the 93rd time that the ARS has evaluated new rose introductions. Roses in Review is an important part of getting the most enjoyment from our roses. The ARS uses these reports to determine national ratings for roses in commerce. These ratings help us to determine which roses are the “best” to grow nationally. These ratings we help to create are published annually in American Rose and in The Handbook for Selecting Roses. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s our duty as good rosarians to share our knowledge and experiences with others.


The RIR website has been revamped from top to bottom, and is much more user friendly than in previous years. There are many pictures of the roses to be reviewed, and by clicking on a rose name to be reviewed, you can see and confirm the exact rose to be reviewed in the Modern Roses database. You can even make changes to your reviews after they have been submitted.


The deadline for reporting is September 26, 2018. Remember, you don’t have to be a member of the ARS to participate.You don’t have to be a consulting rosarian, either. You just need to grow the roses being reviewed and be willing to share your knowledge. The American Rose Society encourages all roses growers to review roses for Roses in Review.


Easy steps to begin:


1.Point your browser to (you will be redirected to the new Modern Roses database)


go to


go to – click on roses in top menu – this will take you to a page that says ALL ABOUT THE ROSES! at the top – scroll down to MORE ABOUT ROSES! and click on the box that says Roses In Review (you will be redirected to the new Modern Roses database).


go to – click on arrow at far right of screen in the photo slider to get to the 2018 Roses In Review photo and click on it (you will be redirected to the new Modern Roses database).


2. You will need to register. Click on Register in the top right hand corner.

Please enter your email and a password you will remember. Click register.

We only need your email to monitor that robots are not accessing our site and screwing the results of our survey. You will receive a confirmation email from ARS. This is just for your files.

You may immediately go into review roses. You do not need to wait for the confirmation email from ARS.


3. Complete your profile.

Garden sprayed? Do you exhibit? Are you a Consulting Rosarian? Garden conditions? Zip code.

Click save.


This will bring up the Roses in Review page.


4. To review roses: Begin with the class toggle – Floribundas/Polyanthas show up first. Sort by class and then find the rose you want to review in that class. Click review on far right. Enter all information asked – plant quantity, years grown, garden rating, exhibition rating, winter hardiness, height, black spot, mildew, rust, fragrance. Add comments if you like. Click submit.

* If you are a CR and do not grow any of the roses: select your user profile in the Select Profile toggle, then you can check the “I do not grow any of the roses listed.” If you choose All under class, then checking the box for none grown will be in effect for the entire list of roses.


5. You can see reviews by toggling the Reviews bar to “my reviews.”

Clicking on rating allows you to edit the review. Make your edits and click submit.

You can also search reviews by district under the review bar, then select your district.


Click On The Link Below To See Video Instructions:




CLRS Sept. Meeting Cancelled



The Sept. Meeting “Wine and Roses” of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is cancelled due to Hurricane Florence coming our way. James Island Town Hall is not available because the staffs will be busy preparing for the hurricane.

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society 2018-19 Calendar


Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Meetings

At 3:30 James Island Town Hall

1122 Dills Bluff Rd. NEW LOCATION



September 9 Programs: Species Roses Often referred to as “wild roses,” Wine and Roses (Bring any roses you have blooming in a wine bottle) All members are asked to bring food to share- (no time to cook!! Then bring a bottle). Kathy Woolsey


October 7 2018,Workshop: Rooting Old Roses Share & Swap Roses. Bring cuttings and clippers, Arlene Dean

October 25, First Fair Flower Show

October 30, Second Fair Flower Show


November 4 Program: Noisettes Roses — This classification originated in the United States by John Champney and Philippe Noisette of Charleston, SC, Plants are large and sprawling, often reaching up to 20 feet tall. Blooms are produced in fragrant clusters. Carol Beck


December & January no meetings


February 3, 2019, Program :Tea Roses — Characterized as variable in height, with some of the best cultivars being Climbing Teas. Teas have large blooms on weak stems, resulting in drooping, or nodding, flowers. Cheri Clouse


March 3, Program: Bourbon Roses Developed from the hybrid Chinas, these were the first repeat-flowering roses. They derive their name from the location of the first members of the class, the Ile de Bourbon in the Indian Ocean. Plant size can range from 2 to 15 feet tall. Repeat blooming. ‎Mary Beth Martin‎?


April 7, Program: China Roses This group’s most important characteristic is its ability to repeat bloom. The plants are variable in height, with relatively few thorns. They are generally winter-tender. TBA


May 5, Program: Polyanthus Roses Polyanthas are generally smaller but sturdy plants with large clusters of small 1-inch diameter blooms often used for massing, edging and hedges. Jan Tyler Hillis


JUNE picnic and garden tour TBA








Calling Rosarians to Participate in Roses in Review



This year’s Roses in Review (RIR) marks the 93rd time that American Rose Society members have evaluated new rose introductions. The forms and instructions were distributed with the July/August issue of the American Rose or they can be viewed on the ARS website ( together with a list of the roses to be evaluated. For the results to be meaningful, we need everyone to participate. Anyone who grows roses may make a review. They need not be a member of a local rose society or the American Rose Society. Whether you grow only one plant of one variety on the list or many of them, we need your contribution. We need input from “garden” rosarians as well as exhibitors, and from new rosarians as well as seasoned veterans. We also welcome reports from those who are not yet ARS members, so please pass along this website address ( to your rose-growing friends. Take a few minutes of your time to evaluate your new roses. Only evaluate roses you grow from the cultivar list. Reviews must be submitted by September 26, 2018. Your reports will be automatically sent to your District coordinator.

The complete results of this survey will be included in the January/February 2019 issue of American Rose and will help determine the garden ratings in the ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses as an important tool for us in selecting roses for our gardens.


Here is a message from the Carolina District Director, Don Myers regarding this year’s Roses in Review:

 With the passing of our long time member and CR Coordinator Bob Lundberg, I have asked Ken Schmidt to assume this role. Ken is an excellent exhibitor and rose grower.

Please support Ken and our district by completing your roses in review evaluations. The list of eligible roses is found in the ARS magazine and website. It is particularly important for CRs to complete their reports. Note Ken’s email:


Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda Morgan


Controlling Some Rose Disease Problems the Safest Way

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Knock Out Roses

A bed of Knock Out Roses at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

As long as you can develop tolerance and not demand total perfection, you can enjoy growing roses without knowing all the solutions to every rose diseases. As we get older, we just don’t have the energy to maintain a perfect disease free rose garden. As you will see in this article, I don’t recommend chemicals. Sanitation in the garden to me is the most important part of my rose gardening practice.

Blackspot is a fungal disease found most often on Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, and Grandfloras. Circular blackspots with feathery edge appear on leaves and stems, often surrounded by yellow patches.


Photo Credit – Missouri Botanic Garden

Control: Mulch right up to the canes to prevent spores from splashing on the rose leaves during heavy rain. Water the roots, but don’t wet the leaves of plants. Pick off infected leaves, remove…

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