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Make your own rose bushes from City Cemetery collection

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Propagation workshop teaches how to root rose cuttings; take some home, too

The Dorothy Perkins rose is an early rambler that loves to
climb. (Photo: Debbie

Have you ever wanted to get cuttings from the Heritage Rose Garden at Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery? Here's your chance -- and you'll learn an important gardening skill, too.

Saturday morning, rose garden volunteers will offer a hands-on propagation workshop. It's a two-hour course in growing roses from cuttings, a basic form of "cloning" varieties. In the case of these rare Victorian-era roses in the cemetery's world famous collection, it's the only way to get another bush.

Participants will learn how to select the best plant material, prepare the cuttings and root them via the terrarium method. Volunteers also will offer advice on how to turn those cuttings into mature healthy bushes ready to be planted in the garden.

Besides gaining all that knowledge, participants get a chance to take and "stick" a few cuttings of their own to bring home.

This special workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. It's free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds support the rose garden, recognized among the best collections of old garden roses in the world.

Participants should bring their own garden gloves; street parking is available. For more details: .


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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