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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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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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