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 March 2018 Meeting

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The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will hold their next meeting on Sunday, March 4 at James Island Town Hall located at 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC 29412 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Our speaker will be Ed Swails. Ed is a horticulturist and landscaper by profession. He studied horticulture and botany at Clemson University. He has been growing old garden roses for many years on his property on Johns Island. He will talk about old garden roses and growing roses from seed.

Social time is at 3:00 – 3:30 pm followed by a short meeting and program at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. Come and join us and learn something new about rose gardening.


Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Nov 2017 Meeting


The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will hold its November 2017 meeting at James Island Town Hall located at 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC 29412 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Our speaker will be Kathy Woolsey, a horticulturist and a garden and nature writer. She will also have a workshop on Rooting Roses. Please bring cutting from one of your favorite roses. Use a ball point pen and write the name of the rose on the leaves. If you have any plastic sleeves that newspapers come in, please bring them and a hand pruner. Other materials will be provided.

Social time is at 2:30 pm followed by a short meeting and then the workshop. Admission is free. Come and join us and learn something new about rose gardening.

Calling Rose Gardeners to Review Roses



This year’s Roses in Review (RIR) marks the 92nd 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, 2017. Your reports will be automatically sent to your District coordinator.

The complete results of this survey will be included in the January/February 2018 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.

Recommended Disease Resistant Roses for the Charleston, SC Area

Cramoisi Superieur – fragrant, floriferous and very disease resistant

Most gardeners outside of the rose societies think Knock Out roses are the only disease resistant roses in commerce. There are other roses besides Knock Out roses that are disease resistant and some are very fragrant too which Knock Out roses are not. Knock Out roses are also known to be susceptible to Rose Rosette Disease and once you have it, it can wipe out your whole garden.

Compiled from the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society members’ survey, here is a list of disease resistant roses in alphabetical order with their class, color and rating according to the American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses:

**Archduke Charles – China – Red Blend – 8.5

Belinda Dream – Shrub – Medium Pink – 8.4

Beverly – Hybrid Tea – Pink Blend – 7.8

**Blush Noisette – Noisette – White – 8.4

Bow Bells – Shrub – Deep Pink – 8.1

Carefree Beauty – Shrub – Medium Pink – 8.7

Charlotte – Shrub – Light Yellow – 8.0

**Cramoisi Superieur – China – Med. Red – 8.8

Cuarto de Julio – Floribunda – Orange

Easter Basket – Floribunda – Yellow Blend – 7.9

Easy Does It – Floribunda – Orange Pink – 7.9

First and Foremost – MiniFlora – Pink Blend – 7.5

Francis Meilland – Hybrid Tea – Light Pink – 7.6

Grande Amore – Hybrid Tea – Medium Red – 7.7

Heaven on Earth – Floribunda – Apricot Blend – 7.8

Heritage – Shrub – Light Pink – 8.5

Iceberg – Floribunda – White – 8.4

Lady Hillingdon – Tea – Yellow Blend – 8.3

**Lamarque – Noisette – White – 8.9

**Louis Philippe – China – Red Blend – 8.9

Mme Alfred Carriere – Noisette – White – 8.8

**Mme Plantier – Alba – White – 8.9

Mohana – Hybrid Tea – Yellow

Molineux – Shrub – Deep Yellow – 8.0

Mons. Tillier – Tea – Orange Pink – 8.6

Mozart – Hybrid Musk – Pink Blend – 8.0

Mystic Beauty – Bourbon – Light Pink – 8.1

New Dawn – Climber – Light Pink – 8.4

**Old Blush – China – Medium Pink – 8.8

Pink Pet – China – Medium Pink – 8.7

Pretty Lady – Floribunda- Light Pink – 8.3

Quietness – Shrub – Light Pink – 8.3

Reve d’Or – Noisette – Medium Yellow – 9.2

South Africa – Grandiflora – Dark Yellow

Sunshine Daydream – Grandiflora – Light Yellow – 8.0

Teasing Georgia – Shrub – Yellow Blend – 7.7

The Fairy – Polyantha – Light Pink – 8.7

The McCartney Rose – Hybrid Tea – Medium Pink – 8.2

Traviata – Hybrid Tea – Dark Red – 8.1

William Shakespeare – Shrub – Dark Red – 7.7

Roses with ** are eligible for Dowager Queen at a rose show. I could not find any rating for Cuarto de Julio, Mohana and South Africa so they are listed without a rating.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

2017 Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Rose Show Results

Here are the winners of the 2017 Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Rose Show:

Cycle of Bloom HT/Gr Granada Robert Myers and Jack Page

Rose Bowl Exhibition Veterans’ Honor Julia Copeland

Picture Frame HT Dream Come True Pat Hibbard

Rose Bouquet Various Robert Myers and Jack Page

Queen Hybrid Tea/Gr Love and Peace Robert Myers and Jack Page

King Hybrid Tea/Gr Sunny Sunday Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Princess Hybrid Tea/Gr Veterans’ Honor Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Fully Open Hybrid Tea/Gr Dainty Bess Robert Myers and Jack Page

Fragrant Roses Firefighter Robert Myers and Jack Page

Floribunda One Bloom Sparkle and Shine Robert Myers and Jack page

Floribunda Spray Honey Bouquet Robert Myers and Jack Page

True Climber Purple Splash Robert Myers and Jack Page

Classic Shrub Wild Spice Robert Myers and Jack Page

Modern Shrub Midnight Blue Robert Myers and Jack Page

Dowager Queen Baronne Prevost Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Victorian Rose American Pillar Pat Gibson

Mini/MF Cycle of Bloom Dr. John Dickman Bob and Sandy Lundberg

Mini/MF Collection Erin Alonso Bob and Sandy Lundberg

Mini/MF Rose Bowl Exhibition My Inspiration Robert Myers and Jack Page

Mini/MF Rose Bouquet Various Robert Myers and Jack Page

Mini Queen Daddy Frank Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Mini King King of the Road Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Mini Princess Magic Show Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Mini Spray Diamond Eyes Pat Hibbard

Mini/MF Fully Open Diamond Eyes Robert Myers and Jack Page

Single Mini/MF Neon Cowboy Robert Myers and Jack Page

Mini/MF Picture Frame Dr. John Dickman Robert Myers and Jack Page

Miniflora Queen Dr. John Dickman Bob and Sandy Lundberg

Miniflora King Abby’s Angel Satish and Vijaya Prabhu

Miniflora Princess Louisville Lady Bob and Sandy Lundberg

Novice Queen Double Delight Donald Reid

Judges 3 Mini/Miniflora Michael, Cooper, Daddy Frank Don Myers




Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society 25th Annual Rose Show

IMG_1573Welcome to the Charleston Rose Show

Our show is dedicated to the memory of two of our loyal members, William Fletcher and Dr. Orlando Sanchez. They were active in our rose society for many years and were excellent rosarians. We truly miss them.

On behalf of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society I extend a warm welcome to all of the exhibitors and visitors to our 25th Annual Charleston Rose Show. I hope that each of you enjoys what is considered by many rosarians in the Carolinas to be one of the best shows held annually. I wish to thank our sponsors, patrons, and supporters, and especially the members of our society who have worked many long hours to assure the success of this show.

We have an educational booth set up to provide you with information on roses and their culture. We also encourage you to visit our meetings and join our society! Our meetings are held the first Sunday of each month, September through May (with the exception of September and January meetings, which are held the second Sunday), at 3 p. m. at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road., James Island, S.C. 29412. Our December meeting is a banquet elsewhere.

Rosalinda Morgan, President



Chair of Judges: Sandy Lundberg

Horticulture: Rita Van Lenten, Frank Van Lenten, Susan Waites, Don Myers




Rules for Horticulture Exhibits

  1. TIME AND PLACE. Entries will be accepted at James Island Town Hall

between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. only. All exhibitors must

register with the Registration Clerk and obtain an exhibitor’s number. Entries will

not be accepted after 10:00 a.m. when the show area will be closed except to the

Placement Committee, clerks, judges and designated show officials.

  1. WHO MAY EXHIBIT. All rose growers are cordially invited to exhibit in

this show. Membership in a rose society is not required. All specimens must have

been grown by the exhibitor in his/her own outdoor garden. Only one person or

team may enter from one garden.

  1. NOVICE, JUDGES. Novice classes are limited to exhibitors who have never won a

blue ribbon in an ARS-accredited show. Novices may also enter all show classes.

Judges of this show and members of their immediate families may exhibit only in

classes designated for them.

  1. ENTRY TAGS. Official ARS entry tags must be used and will be provided.

Both top and bottom of each tag must be completed, including the exhibitor’s


  1. ROSE NAMES. Roses must be listed in an ARS-recognized publication with

an ARS exhibition name to be eligible for entry.

  1. MULTIPLE ENTRIES. As many entries as desired may be made in each

class, provided each entry is a different variety or combination of varieties unless

otherwise noted. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.

  1. GROOMING. Leaves should be free of any residue. Any specimen may have

side buds or spent blooms removed to improve appearance. This must be done

skillfully in order to avoid penalty. Stem length should be in proportion to the size

of the bloom.

  1. WEDGES AND CONTAINERS. Plastic wrap or Styrofoam wedges may be

used to position specimens, but should not protrude above the container. Uniform

containers will be provided except as noted. Exhibitors are urged to show all large

roses with at least 3 inches of stem in the water, miniatures with 1-1/2 inches.

  1. ONE BLOOM PER STEM. Entries must be shown without side buds. Except

as noted, each specimen should be at exhibition stage. Generally, the exhibition

bloom is considered in its most perfect form when 1/2 to 3/4 open. It should be

noted, however, some varieties are most perfect when fully open.

  1. FULLY OPEN. Entries must be shown with one bloom per stem, no side

buds. Stamens must show. Varieties of less than 12 petals or less may not be shown in

this class.

  1. SPRAYS. Entries must be sprays having two or more blooms. Hybrid Teas

and Grandifloras should display blooms as near to exhibition stage as the variety

permits. Floribundas and Polyanthas are exhibited as they are naturally grown. All

sprays are judged for overall form and individual floret form. Discreet disbudding

is permitted.

  1. CLIMBERS. Entries must be one stem with one or more blooms, naturally

grown or disbudded. Large-flowered Climbers (LCl) must be entered in Class 2O.

All other roses with the word “Climbing”; as part of their horticultural

Classification must be entered in the same classes as their respective bush counterparts.

  1. OLD GARDEN ROSES BEFORE 1867. The cultivar must have been introduced

prior to 1867. Side buds, sprays and stem-on- stem are permitted. To be eligible for the

Dowager Queen award, the date of introduction must be written in the upper right

corner of the entry tag.

  1. OLD GARDEN ROSES IN OR AFTER 1867. These roses include Old Garden

Roses with unknown dates of introduction and those introduced in 1867 or

later. Side buds, sprays and stem-on- stem are permitted.

  1. ROSE BOWLS AND PICTURE FRAMES. ARS rules will be followed. Overall

appearance will replace the points normally allotted to stems and foliage. Entries are

limited to one entry per class per exhibitor. All properties, such as vases, containers,

staging hardware, etc., will be available on a first come, first served basis.

  1. PLACEMENT. All entries will be placed on the show tables by the Placement

Committee. Entries may be moved as needed by the placement committee. Once placed,

no entry may be withdrawn. The Placement Committee will place entries alphabetically,

by variety, within each class.

  1. GUIDELINES FOR JUDGING. ARS Accredited Judges, who may be

assisted by ARS Apprentice Judges, will judge the show. ARS Guidelines for Judging Roses will be followed to include the following Point Scale:

Form 25

Substance 15

Color 20

Stem and Foliage 20

Balance and Proportion 10

Size 10

Judges will disqualify entries for the following reasons:

  1. Misnamed, misclassed, unlabeled or mislabeled entries
  2. Stem-on- stem, except for Species, Old Garden Roses and Shrubs
  3. Foreign substances applied to foliage, stem or bloom to improve appearance
  4. Side buds on a specimen, which must be shown disbudded
  5. Violation of ARS or local show rules
  6. Appearance of exhibitor’s name anywhere other than the designated

place on the entry tag.


runners-up). Selected from the blue ribbon winners in Class 6.

  1. PRINCE OF SHOW. Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 12.

runners-up). Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 23.


runners up). Selected from blue ribbon winners in Class 28.

  1. NOVICE QUEEN. The Novice Queen will be selected from blue

ribbon winners in Class 30.

  1. RIBBONS, AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES. Judges may give or withhold

awards, including ribbons, if, in their judgment, an exhibit does not merit an award.

Blue, red, yellow and white ribbons will be given where merited. Only blue ribbon

winners are eligible for ARS Awards, ARS Certificates and other Rose Show

Awards. Only blue ribbon entries will qualify for the Awards Table. Decisions of the

judges are final.

  1. CONTROL OF ENTRIES AND EXHIBITS. All entries will become the

property of the Show Committee. All exhibits, ribbons and entry tags must remain

undisturbed until the close of the show at 5 p.m. After they are placed on the show

tables, entries are under control of the Show Committee. This committee reserves

the right to add water and to remove wilted or inferior blooms at any time during the


  1. AWARDS. Exhibitors should make necessary arrangements to claim their

awards. Awards will not be mailed. Certificates and ribbons will be mailed to exhibitors

only upon request at time of registration.

  1. RESPONSIBILITY. The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, its members

and James Island Town Hall will not assume responsibility or liability for damage

or loss to any person or property. Exhibitors must make necessary arrangements

to claim their vases, arrangements and personal property at the end of the show at 5


  1. QUESTIONS. Any questions that arise and are not covered by these

rules will be referred to the Show Chairman for resolution.


Horticulture Exhibit Classes



Class 1. COLLECTION OF 3 HYBRID TEAS OR GRANDIFLORAS. Same variety or different varieties, one bloom per stem, exhibition stage, exhibited in one container.

Class 2. CYCLE OF BLOOM. Three (3) Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora specimens, same variety, one bud, one exhibition stage, and one fully open, exhibited in one container.

Class 3. ROSE BOWL (EXHIBITION). One (1 hybrid tea bloom floating in bowl of water, exhibition stage, no foliage).

Class 4. HYBRID TEA PICTURE FRAME. One (1) hybrid tea bloom, exhibition stage with no foliage, mounted in a picture frame supplied by the society.

Class 5. ROSE BOUQUET. Any Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras and/or Floribundas. Any number, any stage of bloom, displayed in a container provided by the exhibitor. At least three different varieties. Not necessary to list names on entry card.



Class 6. ROYALTY AWARDS. Hybrid teas, grandifloras and their climbing counterparts. Varieties of more than twelve petals, one bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage. This class eligible for Queen.

Class 7. HYBRID TEA OR GRANDIFLORA SPRAY. Varieties of more than twelve petals, one stem with two or more blooms at exhibition stage.

Class 8. FULLY OPEN HYBRID TEAS AND GRANDIFLORAS. One bloom per stem, no side buds, stamens must be visible and fresh.

Class 9. FRAGRANT ROSES. Any fragrant specimen, one bloom per stem or spray, any stage of bloom.



Class 10. FLORIBUNDA ONE BLOOM PER STEM. Individual specimens, displaying hybrid tea form, exhibition stage, no side buds. Singles and decorative specimens excluded.

Class 11. DECORATIVE FORM. Individual specimens displaying decorative form and/or those with 4-8 petals (or are classed as a single by an ARS publication).

Class 12. FLORIBUNDA SPRAYS. Individual spray specimen, two or more blooms per stem, discreet disbudding permitted. This class eligible for Prince.



Class 13. POLYANTHA SPRAYS. Individual spray specimen, two or more blooms, discreet disbudding permitted.



Class 14. TRUE CLIMBER. Exhibition specimen, may be individual bloom or spray. (All climbing Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, and Floribundas are to be exhibited in their respective counterpart sections).



Class 15. CLASSIC SHRUB. Includes hybrid kordesii, hybrid moyesii, hybrid musk, and hybrid rugosa. Spray or one bloom per stem, stem-on- stem permitted.


  1. MODERN SHRUB. Includes all roses listed as shrubs (S). Spray or one bloom per stem, stem-on- stem permitted. David Austin roses.
  2. KNOCKOUT ROSES A stem of Knockout Rose.



Class 17. OLD GARDEN ROSES PRIOR TO 1867. May be individual specimen or spray including noisettes, side buds, stem-on- stem are permitted. Dowager Queen will be awarded from this class. Write the date of introduction on the upper right corner of the entry tag.

Class 18. OLD GARDEN ROSES IN OR AFTER 1867. May be individual specimen or spray, including noisettes introduced since 1867, side buds, stem-on- stem are permitted. The Victorian Rose Certificate will be awarded from this class.



Class 19. MINIATURE or MINIFLORA CYCLE OF BLOOM. Three (3) individual specimens, same variety, one bud, one exhibition stage and one fully open exhibited in one container.

Class 20. COLLECTION THREE DIFFERENT OR SAME MINIATURES/MINIFLORAS. One bloom per stem, different or same varieties, exhibition stage, exhibited in one container.

Class 21. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSE BOWL (EXHIBITION). One (1) miniature/miniflora bloom floating in bowl of water, exhibition stage, no foliage.

Class 22. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSE BOUQUET. Any extra miniatures/minifloras, any number, any stage of bloom, at least three different varieties, in container provided by exhibitor. Not necessary to list varieties on entry card.



Class 23. ROYALTY AWARDS: MINIATURE ROSES. One bloom per stem, exhibition stage, no side buds, varieties of more than 12 petals. This class eligible for Mini Queen.

Class 24. MINIATURE SPRAYS. One stem with 2 or more blooms, varieties of more than twelve petals.

Class 25. FULLY OPEN MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, no side buds, varieties of more than twelve petals, stamens must show

Class 26. SINGLE MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. Varieties of 4 to 8 petals, may be one bloom per stem or spray.

Class 27. MINIATURE/MINIFLORA PICTURE FRAME. One mini/miniflora, exhibition stage mounted in a picture frame supplied by the society.



Class 28. ROYALTY AWARDS: MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, exhibition stage, no side buds. This class eligible for Miniflora Queen.


Class 29. MINIFLORA SPRAYS. One stem with 2 or more blooms, varieties of more than twelve petals.



Class 30. HYBRID TEAS, GRANDIFLORAS, FLORIBUNDAS. One bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage or MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES. One bloom per stem, no side buds, exhibition stage.



Class 31. COLLECTION OF 3 MINIATURE/MINIFLORA ROSES or COLLECTION OF 3 HYBRID TEAS, GRANDIFLORAS. May be same or different varieties displayed in separate vases each with an individual entry.





Class 1: One bloom, at its most perfect stage, HT, Gr, F of any variety including singles,no sidebuds.

Class 2: One spray, FT, Gr, F, Polyantha, two or more blooms.

Class 3: One bloom of a Miniature or Miniflora, no sidebuds

Class 4: A spray of a Mniature or Miniflora

Class 5: One Bloom of Shrub or Old Garden Rose

Class 6: A spray of a Shrub or Old Garden Rose

Class 7: Open bloom rose(s) of any class, stamens must show.

Class 8: A photo of any rose garden or any rose society activity

Class 9: Abstract or Impressionism: A photo having non-objective design, form or content, of a rose plant(s) or any portion thereof. Does not include abstract arrangements.


Contest Rules:

  1. Contest is open only to members of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and must have taken all photographs entered. Any contestants who have not paid their current year’s dues will be ineligible.
  2. Contestants are permitted to enter a maximum of three photographs per class in all classes. However, contestants may enter only one photo of a particular variety in ANY class. Photos can be no larger than 5” x 7” size but no frame or matting is allowed.
  3. Duplicate photos may NOT be entered in different classes.
  4. The rose photos must be entered with the ARS approved exhibition name. Grooming the rose(s) is encouraged and artificial backgrounds may be used.
  5. Photographs need to be submitted in the following format: class number with the letters a-c for multiple pictures in the same class, last name of the contestant and the approved exhibition name of the rose. An example would be 1a – Morgan – Gemini; 1b – Morgan- Queen Elizabeth; 1c – Morgan – Betty Boop. Tag should be taped in back of the photo. Any text in front of the entry will be cause for disqualification.
  6. Any photographs may be enhanced by the use of any graphic program, such as Photoshop, Elements or Photo Impact.
  7. Any individual who enters this contest give express permission to CLRS to use their photos for educational display at the libraries and at the Charleston Farmer’s Market in May. Photos will be returned to contestants in June.
  8. Class 1-7 will be judged 50 percent on exhibition quality and 50 percent on photographic excellence. Class 8 & 9 will be judged on photographic excellence only.
  9. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not conform to the stated rules prior to the entries being judged.
  10. There will be awards in each class: Blue ribbons for first place; Red ribbons for second place and Yellow ribbons for third place. The Blue ribbons winners in each class will be eligible for Best of Contest Award.

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society April 2017 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will hold their April meeting on Sunday, April 2 at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC 29412. Social Time begins at 2:30. Meeting and Program follow thereafter at 3 PM. Admission is FREE. Consulting Rosarians will be available to answer all rose questions so please bring them in.



Our speakers for the April meeting are Kathy Woolsey and Dr. William Prioleau. Kathy Woolsey is a former Vice President of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and will talk about Preparing your Roses for the Rose Show. Dr. William Prioleau, an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, is the CLRS Treasurer and an amateur Photographer will talk about Tips on Photographing your Roses for the Rose Photography Contest at the Rose Show.

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show will be held at St. James Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island on May 6 and is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of CLRS to show your roses. However, to enter the Photography Contest Section of the Rose Show, you have to be a paid member of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.



Sustainable Roses in the Carolinas


Cinco de Mayo


Below is a list of sustainable roses, meaning low maintenance roses that do not need spraying, compiled in early 2017 from panel discussions of members in rose societies in the North and South Carolina area sent to me by Lenna Easter of Eastern NC Rose Society.

Awakening (pink blend) climber

Belinda’s Dream (Earthkind] HT form (pink) shrub

Beverly (pink blend) BT (Kordes) frag. hybrid tea

Bull’s Eye (white/red eye) shrub

Caldwell Pink [aka Pink Pet] Earthkind (pink) shrub

Carefree Beauty (Earthkind) [Buck] pink shrub

Carefree Wonder [Meilland] pink shrub

Cecile Brunner [Earthkind](pink) climber

Cinco de Mayo (Russet) floribunda

Clair Matin (light pink) climber

Country Dancer [Buck] (deep pink) shrub

Darcey Bussell (red Blend) [Austin] shrub

Dark Desire (deep red) frag. grandiflora

Darlow’s Enigma (white) hybrid musk

Dee-Lish (pink) frag. hybrid tea

Dream Come True (yellow blend) grandiflora

Drift (many colors esp. Sweet and Pink) shrub

Duet Supreme (dark pink) hybrid tea

Easy Does It (pink blend) floribunda

Easy Going (yellow) shrub

Elina (lt. yellow/white) hybrid tea

Flower Carpet (in many colors) shrub

Home Run (many colors) shrub

Honeymoon (cream) climber

Hot Cocoa (russet) floribunda

Julia Child (yellow) floribunda

Knock Out (many colors) shrub

Lady Banks [OGR] (yellow) climber

Lady Elsie May (orange pink) shrub

Livin’ Easy (orange blend) floribunda

Miracle on the Hudson (med red) BT shrub

My Girl (deep pink) HT form shrub

New Dawn [Earthkind] (light pink) climber

Oso Easy (many colors) shrub

Palmgarten Frankfurt (pink) shrub

Peggy Martin (pink) [found rose] climber

Red Cascade (red) mini climber

Rubaiyat (red) hybrid tea

Savannah (orange pink) [Kordes] BT frag. hybrid tea

Summer Romance (pink) floribunda

Sunshine Daydream (yellow) grandiflora

The Fairy [Earthkind] (pink) shrub

Traviata (red) hybrid tea

Zephirin Drouhin (pink) Bourbon climber


Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda Morgan

Spring Forward to a New Rose Season



While our fellow gardeners in the North are still hibernating, we in the South are getting ready to start our growing season. Here is a rundown of what rosarians in the South have in their To-Do-List for February:


CLEAN UP – If you have not done anything in the garden in January, it is time to start the clean up now before the growing season begins in earnest. Take off the old leaves and dead canes from your rose bushes. Bag them and put them in the trash. Any diseased leaves that fell to the ground, rake them up and discard them. Do NOT put in the compost pile. Pull out weeds and keep your garden bed neat and tidy.


SHOVEL PRUNING – Any dead rose and non-performing rose for the last two years have to go. No sense in spending time, space and money on them. Get rid of them and replace them with new ones. Before you plant the new one, replace all the soil in the hole.


CATALOGUE BROWSING – I don’t know about you but I’m inundated with catalogs since January. There are so many new rose introductions. Don’t go with the picture alone. Read the description. A lot of gardeners are now looking for disease resistant roses and fragrant roses. I am one of them. Since I have a small garden, I only want fragrant roses now. I also have limited time for garden work so I like disease resistant roses.


WATERING – Roses need water even in winter. A well-hydrated rose will fare better at all times. Make sure you water your roses if there is no rain in the forecast. Roses in pots should be watered a few times during the week.


PRUNING – Major pruning should be done by the end of February in our region. Bob Lundberg will be talking about pruning at our February meeting so I’ll let you hear from Bob all the details.


SPRAYING – Consider spraying with dormant oil before it gets too warm to discourage bugs and diseases in the coming rose season. If your roses struggled with blackspot this past year, lime sulfur is a good way to help clean up lingering fungal spores, along with a horticultural oil that will smother pests and their eggs. If you spray lime sulfur, make sure to do so when overnight temperatures will remain above freezing  and be sure to read the label and apply in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. It is a good idea to spray both the ground and the plant and getting good coverage both top and bottom of the leaves.


TESTING THE SOIL pH – If you have not tested the pH of your soil, it is time to do it now. Soil samples need to come from the root zone of the plant, which means getting down past the mulch into the root zone where the soil chemistry is important. If the pH is lower than 6.0, you should add a slow-acting lime. If the test showed the pH higher than 7.0, then you should add sulfur. A pH of 6.5 is ideal for roses to be able to maximize the available nutrients. The question is, how much lime is the right amount? To raise the pH from 5.5 to 6.5 a typical application rate is 2 to 3 pounds per 100 square feet of garden area. Do not use more than 5 pounds per 100 square feet at any one time. If you are not sure how big your rose bed is, use 1 cup of lime per bush and ½ cup per miniature. remember that raking the lime into the top couple inches of soil will yield better results than sprinkling it over the soil’s surface.


SOIL AMENDMENTS – Spread your organic fertilizer like alfalfa meal now. It will not cause the plant to start growing until the soil warms up in the spring. I usually put in compost and put a new layer of mulch. I also put Epsom Salts at this time of the year.


After you get the garden ready, sit back and wait for the spring bloom.