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Get hip at the Historic City Cemetery rose garden

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Rose hips bring new colors to the Historic City Cemetery in fall.
(Photo: Judy Eitzen, courtesy of the Historic Rose Garden)

Tour: Sacramento's world famous Victorian collection shows off fall fruit and flowers

Each October, Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery rose garden puts on a show like no other. With varieties dating back to Victorian days, the world-famous collection of old garden roses turns hippy.

See for yourself and learn about this unique living library of roses during a special tour Saturday, Oct. 13. Led by garden curator Anita Clevenger, "October Encore in the Historic Rose Garden" tours the garden at its fall finest. That includes more than flowers.

As the bushes prepare for winter, they form fruit -- bright orange, red or yellow hips. Just as these roses are different from garden varieties, so are the hips, which come in many forms.

These sprays of hips add a festive seasonal touch to the cemetery collection, a member of the Great Rosarians of the World hall of fame.

Besides the hips, plenty of fragrant roses will still be in bloom and on beautiful display. Cooler weather brings out flowers' brighter colors as well as red hues in foliage.

Starting at 10 a.m., the free 90-minute tour starts at the cemetery's main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Donations are welcome. Street parking is available.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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