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Get two free bouquets at Relles Florist anniversary event

Midtown institution celebrates 76 years with 'Petal It Forward'

These bright sunflower bouquets are among the ones Relles Florist plans to give away Wednesday.

These bright sunflower bouquets are among the ones Relles Florist plans to give away Wednesday. Courtesy Relles Florist

Relles Florist, a Midtown Sacramento institution, is celebrating its 76th anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 19. Its customers will get the gifts.

Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Relles Florist will give customers two free bouquets, while supply lasts.

“We will be giving hundreds of free bouquets to people at our store from 9 a.m. until we run out,” explains company president Jim Relles. “After receiving their bouquets, recipients are asked to spread the happiness by gifting their extra bouquet and sharing their happiness.”

Relles Florist’s bouquet giveaway is part of “Petal It Forward,” a Society of American Florist program designed to spread the joy of giving and receiving fresh flowers.

Relles’ staff spent all day Tuesday preparing for “Petal It Forward,” creating dozens and dozens of vibrant bouquets.

On Wednesday, patrons also are invited to share in Relles Florist’s anniversary cake. Jim Relles and his staff will start serving cake and beverages at about 11:30 a.m. City Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela is expected to visit the shop about noon, and Relles hopes to have a large turnout to greet her.

“We want to thank you for supporting and helping Relles Florist all these years,” he adds.

Founded by Ross Relles Sr., Relles Florist opened on Oct. 19, 1946, about two blocks west of its current location on J Street. The family business has been at its current corner of J and 24th streets since 1980. Three generations of the Relles family have served Sacramento’s floral needs.

Relles Florist is located at 2400 J St., Sacramento.

Details: or call 916-441-1478.

-- Debbie Arrington


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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