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Most Instagrammable flower? You guessed it

Roses are No. 1 on the social media platform; sunflowers rank second

Secret is one of the most popular roses in Sacramento.

Roses make beautiful photos. So, it’s not surprising, roses are Instagram stars.

In fact, roses are the No. 1 flower on Instagram, according to research by . And it wasn’t even close; the next nine flowers in the Top 10 combined aren’t as popular as roses.

How did the researchers come up with roses as the most Instagrammable flower? They counted hashtags (or had a clever search program do it).

As of June (which happens to be Rose Month), #rose or #roses had amassed 79.6 million posts on Instagram, according to

A lot of that had to do with roses’ link to special occasions. Roses also rank as the most sold cut flower – more than 100 million stems a year.

Second is a Sacramento-area favorite: Sunflower. That summer favorite totaled 9.7 million posts (either #sunflower or #sunflowers). How many of those featured fields in Yolo County?

Also in the Top 10 is a California icon: Poppy. On Instagram, fields of California poppies are particularly popular, which propelled #poppies (or #poppy) to No. 7.

Here’s the top 10 in numbers of Instagram hashtags:

1. Rose, 79.6 million

2. Sunflower, 9.7 million

3. Tulip, 11.4 million

4. Orchid, 8.9 million

5. Peony, 7.7 million

6. Daisy, 7.6 million

7. Poppy, 5.5 million

8. Hydrangea, 4.6 million

9. Dahlia, 2.8 million

10. Hibiscus, 2.7 million

Said about its results: “These findings offer an interesting insight into which flowers people consider the most aesthetically pleasing to post about and serves as a guide to some of the most gorgeous flowers that can be displayed in homes this summer.”

Read more at .

Sunflowers are the second-most Instagrammable flower, according to a recent study.


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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