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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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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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