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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 Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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