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Give a new rose bush this Valentine's Day

Celestial Night is a new floribunda rose, intoduced by Weeks Roses.
(Photo: Courtesy Weeks Roses)
Local rose societies host annual auctions Feb. 7 and 14

This Valentine’s Day, why give your sweetheart one bouquet of roses when you can give her or him a whole bush?

Just in time for winter planting and Valentine’s Day gift giving, two local rose societies will host their annual rose auctions, featuring new and rare roses. It’s an opportunity to pick up the perfect gift for the rose lover in your life while also supporting these clubs.

Sierra Foothills Rose Society hosts its sale on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. On Valentine’s Day itself, the Sacramento Rose Society holds its auction Feb. 14 at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

Both auctions start promptly at 7:30 p.m. with registration open at 7 p.m. The public is welcome; cash or checks only.

Highlighting the auctions will be new introductions from
Weeks Roses . That includes the intensely purple floribunda Celestial Night as well as two other distinctive floribundas: Easy to Please (a bluish pink) and Frida Kahlo (red with splashes of gold and white). Also new from Weeks are Take It Easy , a big, bold red grandiflora with a surprise (the underside of petals are light pink); and Easy on the Eyes , an unusual peachy-pink shrub rose with purple “eyes.”

Besides those new introductions, the auctions include dozens of hard-to-find roses donated by noted local growers Baldo Villegas and Duane and Melody Carlson. The selection varies at each auction.

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- Debbie Arrington


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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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