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Three local rose societies host big sale

More than 450 bushes available including many rarities

Red-violet multi-petaled roses
Celestial Night, a floribunda, is one of the Weeks
Roses to be sold Oct. 3 in 5-gallon pots.
(Photos courtesy Weeks Roses)

Add a rosy addition to your garden. Three local rose societies – Sacramento, Sierra Foothills and Gold Country – will host a driveway sale Saturday, Oct. 3, featuring more than 450 bushes.

In addition to new introductions from Weeks Roses, the selection includes scores of rarities from the gardens of such top local rose growers as Baldo Villegas and Melody and Duane Carlson.

Originally intended to be sold at the 2020 Sacramento Rose Show, many of these bushes have really filled out into gorgeous plants and several are now coming back into bloom. After the April rose show was canceled due to pandemic restrictions, Dave and Ruth Coop lovingly cared for the bushes at their Roseville home.

Fortunately, the Coops have a very long driveway, so there will be lots of room for social distancing during Saturday’s event.

Multicolored rose blooms
The unusual In Your Eyes is another of the Weeks
Roses to be sold. It is a shrub rose with blooms that
change color as they age.
Among the Weeks Roses to be offered in 5-gallon pots: Celestial Night, In Your Eyes, Love at First Sight, Queen of Elegance, State of Grace and Children’s Hope. These bushes will be priced at $20 each or two for $30 (a great bargain).

The others – offered in 1-gallon pots and grown on their own roots -- were propagated by Villegas, the Carlsons, Cindy Phipps, Kay Jelten and other volunteers. These bushes will be priced at $15 apiece, another fantastic deal. Sale list is available upon request.

October is among the best times of the year to transplant new additions to your garden including roses. Many of these young bushes are just coming into bloom, offering a glimpse of the beauty to come.

Proceeds will benefit the Sacramento, Sierra Foothills and Gold Country rose societies.

This is a public sale; share with your gardening friends. A new rose (or two) will bring smiles to their faces.

This will be a safe and socially distanced sale. Customers are asked to please wear face masks and stay 6 feet apart. Two blocks of time will be by appointment only, further limiting contact and allowing for more space between customers.

The Coops' address is 8336 Bianchi Road, Roseville. To make an appointment, email Dave at or call or text to 916-276-0170. Cash or checks accepted.

Here’s the sale day schedule:

– 8 to 9 a.m.: By appointment only. Time slots are 10 minutes apart.

– 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Open to public.

– 2 to 5 p.m.: By appointment only. Time slots are 10 minutes apart.

Remember: Wear a face mask!


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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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