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Green Acres hosts Sierra Foothills rose show


See all sorts of spectacular roses at the 56th annual Sierra Foothills rose show. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

See and smell hundreds of beautiful blooms

October is great weather for roses, which respond to mild temperatures with abundant flowers.

Enjoy hundreds of beautiful blooms at the 56th annual Sierra Foothills Rose Society show Saturday, Oct. 19, at Green Acres Nursery and Supply, 205 Serpa Way, Folsom.

Besides the exhibition roses, the show includes arrangements and rose photography. This is the fourth year that Green Acres has hosted the Sierra Foothills event. It’s become an impressive showcase for this fall spectacular.

“We love it,” said Kay Jelten, the club’s president. “We’re in a big covered greenhouse but it’s open on the sides, so there’s good ventilation. Lots of folks keep coming through – and meeting the public is one of the goals (of having a show).”

The public is invited to enter roses, too. Entries are open 6:30 to 10 a.m.; first-time participants should arrive before 9 a.m.

Anyone can enter a flower in the rose show, Jelten said. The rose just has to be home grown and a named variety. Make sure to cut a long stem (at least 10 inches), preferably with three sets of leaves. For display, the best roses are about half open; not tight buds.

The public also is needed to help judge one category: Most fragrant rose. There will be plenty of candidates to sniff.

See – and smell – for yourself. Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking free.


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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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