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Red roses have their day

Red rose, titled Power Point
This beauty is called Power Point. Today is National Red Rose Day. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Celebrate nation's flower with your own favorites

Cluster of Trumpeter roses
A cluster of Trumpeter roses brightens the garden.

Today, make time to smell the roses or give a bouquet to someone you love.

It’s only appropriate – June 12 is National Red Rose Day.

Roses are the birth flower for June, which also coincides with this beloved flower blooming in gardens throughout America. June is also National Rose Month.

Red rose
Olympiad was developed for the 1984 Olympics.
The rose is also our nation’s official flower, thanks to Congress and a proclamation signed by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986 in a ceremony – where else? – in the White House Rose Garden.

Red roses in particular hold special meaning as a symbol of love and romance. Red roses also tend to be among the most fragrant in the garden. Some varieties are cultivated specifically for perfume.

In roses, red comes in many hues, ranging from eye-popping scarlet to deepest burgundy.

Garry Chin, president of the Sierra Foothills Rose Society, challenged local rose enthusiasts to send him photos of their favorite red roses for a salute to National Red Rose Day. The results demonstrated the range of red roses that love the Sacramento area.

Some 22 local rose lovers submitted 106 photos with relatively few repeats, Chin said. “Total different varieties of red roses submitted is 73 not counting five photos with unknown names. … Three separate submitters had Altissimo, Fame and Lasting Love; all other varieties had one or two submitters.”

One society member sent four versions of "The 1812 Rose."

Red rose, titled Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby is a gorgeous red.
As for my own garden, I have several red roses, of course. Among my favorites: Mister Lincoln (for its incredible scent), Ingrid Bergman, Olympiad, Trumpeter, Veteran’s Honor, Kentucky Derby and Power Point.

There’s a red rose for everyone. You just need to look – and sniff.

Looking for the perfect red rose – or any rose? Check out the American Rose Society website at .


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* 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.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

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

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

* 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. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* 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.

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

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