March 2017 Meeting
Prior to the RRRS March 21st meeting members met at 5:00 p.m. at LaMesa Mexican Restaurant in Sherman for dinner followed by the March meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the United Way building on E. Brockett Street, Sherman.
Ellen Diers of the Dallas Area Historical Rose Society and a member of Denton County Master Gardeners since 2014 was the speaker. Ellen's presentation on "Companion Plants for Roses that Attract Pollinators" was very informative and detailed. We learned that not only do companion plants attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, they supply sweet scents, nectar, brilliant color and grow in various sizes, heights and abundance. Among the long list of excellent companion plants provided during the presentation are the following herbs and flowers: Rosemary, Basils, Borage, Mints, Chives, Anise, Hysop, Dill, Fennel, Sweet Lavender, Yarrow, Sage, Salvia, Mallows, Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon, Verbina, Turk's Cap, Vervain, Scabiosa (pincushion flower), Pink and Purple Scullcap and Evening Primrose (Midnight Marvel). After her program, Ellen gave a brief update on Rose Rosette.
The evening was concluded with drawings for ten rose bushes. Winners were: Terry Irvin - unnamed rose, Marylin Odom - Star of the Republic, Ed Supina - Polar Express, Marilyn Daniels - Lady of Shallot, Christine Kuba - Pink Drift as well as Pink Drift (new member rose), Jo Ellen Clardy - Black Forest, Linda Spiller - Dark Desire, Sue Zanne Petersen - Pink Drift, Darryl Odom - Pink Drift and Stanley Henderson received an American Rose Magazine.
President Sue Abernathy provided information on the April 29th field trip to Chambersville and the May (tentatively the 6th or 13th) event at her rose gardens.
Spring is upon us. My companion plants are planted and soon should be doing their job. I spied a Monarch butterfly this morning. So graceful and beautiful.....Enjoy!