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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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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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