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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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