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Learn about companion planting and roses

Sacramento Rose Society returns to evening meetings

Smiling woman holding roses
Charlotte Owendyk holds some of her award-
winning roses at a pre-COVID show. She's the
speaker at Thursday's meeting. (Photo
courtesy Charlotte Owendyk)

June is officially National Rose Month. And the Sacramento Rose Society is celebrating by returning to evening meetings – and the public is invited.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, the club will host its annual ice cream social (with pre-wrapped ice cream sandwiches) and a special presentation by master rosarian Charlotte Owendyk: Companion planting for roses.

For most of its 70-plus years, the rose society has held evening meetings, usually at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center. But that schedule, like all life, was seriously interrupted by COVID-19. Although its hosted some daytime and outdoor activities, the club has not held an evening meeting in 15 months.

Thursday’s meeting will be held in the center’s big room, which is well ventilated. Following the center’s rules, the group will still observe social distancing and non-vaccinated attendees should wear face masks.

A popular garden club speaker, Owendyk will share her updated presentation on companion planting. What you plant with roses can make a difference, not only in the way your garden looks, but it’s overall health. Some plants grow better with roses than others, and vice versa. Companions can have benefits, too; some plants naturally deter pests!

As always, the public is invited to attend. Bring a friend! Admission and parking are free.

As for Rose Month, here’s a little history:

First decreed in 1959, National Rose Month was part of an effort to declare the rose as the official flower of the United States. Although it had a lot of momentum from that campaign and nationwide support, the rose didn’t become America’s official flower until 1986. Then-President Ronald Reagan signed it into law.

June’s rosy ties go back much, much farther than Rose Month. The rose has long been the birth flower of June, making it an ideal gift to anyone celebrating a birthday this month. Rose Month also coincides with a favorite time for weddings.

Of course, it does! Roses have been a symbol of love and passion for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans have several myths attached to roses (most involving their goddesses of love).

Learn more with the Sacramento Rose Society. New members and guests are always welcome.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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