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Rose society hosts special public sale Thursday

Afternoon event features dozens of bushes grown on own roots

Cluster of 5-leaf white and light pink rose blooms
Lyda Rose is fragrant and does well in part shade. It will be among the varieties
on sale Thursday. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

When’s the best time to pick out a new rose bush? Usually, when it’s in bloom (or just about to flower), so you can preview how that bush will look and perform in your garden. This is especially true of unusual varieties that rarely if ever show up in nurseries.

Find rose rarities and more – including many in bloom – at a special spring sale hosted by the Sacramento Rose Society.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, the club will host a plant sale during its regular meeting at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. The public is welcome. Admission and parking are free.

Featuring dozens of rose bushes grown on their own roots, the sale will be held outdoors on the center’s patio. Please observe COVID precautions; wear a face mask and stay socially distanced.

Sales will be by cash or check only.

Most of the roses will be sold in 1-gallon pots. Among the bushes offered will be some exceptionally fragrant varieties such as Lyda Rose and several polyanthas.

Don’t think you have any room for (more) roses? Most of the varieties offered in this special sale will be miniatures. Many were grown from cuttings from the huge collection of noted rose authority Baldo Villegas. These bushes mostly stay under 2 feet in height and width, and grow very well in pots.

And they have such cute names! Some examples from this sale: Bee’s Knees, Child’s Play, Gizmo and Hello Sunshine!

Even rose enthusiasts can’t live on roses alone. Grown by club members, several other kinds of plants will be offered, too, including ground covers and companion plants that grow well with roses.

For a mini-catalog of roses in this sale (with photos), email me at .

— Debbie Arrington


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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