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See and smell the roses at their fall finest

See new varieties of roses such as Miss Congeniality at the Sierra Foothills Rose Society rose show. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Sierra Foothills Rose Society hosts 55th annual show at Folsom Green Acres

This beautiful fall weather brings out the best in many flowers, particularly roses. Warm days coax out one last flourish of big blooms. Cool nights kiss the petals, making reds and oranges seem more intense.

See locally grown roses in all their beauty at the 55th annual Sierra Foothills Rose Society rose show, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Over the years, this popular fall show has moved around as the Roseville-based club brought roses and the art of rose exhibiting to the public. A decade ago, the show attracted hundreds of shoppers who stopped to smell the roses at the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. For several years, the show was held outdoors at Bushnell Gardens in Granite Bay.
Betty Boop floribunda stands out at this show.
Expect to see
Betty at the Sierra Foothills rose show as well.

It's now found a home at Green Acres Nursery & Supply's Folsom store, 205 Serpa Way, Folsom. This venue has proved to be an excellent setting. Gardeners can admire the roses and get expert advice while also shopping the nursery.

Anyone can enter home-grown roses in this show, which includes novice and most fragrant categories. Entries will be accepted from 7 to 10 a.m.

In addition to cut flowers, the show also features photography and arrangements.
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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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