American Rose Society Affiliate Petals To Pages wcfrs.blogspot.com May 2021 Welcome to May! Welcome to May! This is definitely the time of year that all rose growers look forward to. The roses are starting to bloom and all of the hard work is paying off. My own roses are just starting to bloom except Lady Banks who is completing her bloom and was fabulous this year. It was hard to tell that I lost the whole top of the rose to Hurricane Florence and had to have a bobcat haul it out of my yard just 2 and a half years ago. It is encouraging to see how things continue to improve with the Covid vaccination now available to all. I hope you are all still healthy and beginning to enjoy a little more freedom. The WCFRS Board will meet again in June 2021. The arboretum has sent me information regarding the arboretum starting to reopen in May with very limited use. We will discuss how to make this work for WCFRS and let you know as soon as all of this is worked out. We normally would not meet in July. I hope we will be able to meet in some capacity in August 2021. I am so looking forward to seeing all of you on the May rose tour. Please remember that we are having a small tour for WCFRS members and our friends and family on Saturday May 8, 2021 from 11:00 until 4:00 PM. The Gardens On Tour 1. Mary Barwick 5451 Eastwind Road Wilmington, NC 28403 2. Debbie and Mike Caulder 6206 Mallard Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 3. Carol Rodriquez 601 Hollingsworth Drive Wilmington, NC 28412 4. Denise Miller 1148 Edgewater Club Road Wilmington, NC 28411 5. Vonnie Fry 1604 Bexley Drive Wilmington, NC 28412 Page 3 American Rose Society Affiliate wcfrs.blogspot.com President’s Message Continued May 2021 It will be good to see all of you and enjoy talking about roses. Please enjoy the tour! Please respect the wishes of the garden owners and wear your masks as indicated. Please remember to socially distance. A big thank you to all the garden owners who agreed to open up their garden for you to enjoy! Don't forget to keep fertilizing and spraying your roses. Don't forget to water your roses depending on rainfall. Look for signs of any problems with your roses and treat as needed. Thanks as always to Norma for the great job she always does with the newsletter. We continue to wish her well with continued recovery of her shoulder. Please remember to send any changes to your information to Debbie Caulder, Treasurer, at mdcaulder@aol.com or (910)297-5538. As always please let me know if you have any questions, feedback or suggestions. Please forward any rose information your would like to share to Norma or myself. Please continue to enjoy your warm weather and roses! Don’t forget to smell the roses! Denise H. Miller (910)540-6857 Page 4 American Rose Society Affiliate wcfrs.blogspot.com May 2021

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