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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
debarrington17@gmail.com .

— Debbie Arrington

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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