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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.
Details:
www.sactrose.org .

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Garden Checklist for week of April 21

This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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