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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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