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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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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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