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Sacramento Rose Society hosts 75th annual show

See hundreds in bloom and learn more about roses

Roses will be on exhibit and for sale, as they were in 2019, above, at the Shepard Garden and Art Center.

Roses will be on exhibit and for sale, as they were in 2019, above, at the Shepard Garden and Art Center. Debbie Arrington

It’s time to smell the roses – and celebrate some spring bling.

On Saturday, April 29, the Sacramento Rose Society will host its 75th annual Sacramento Rose Show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Appropriately, the show’s theme: “Diamond Jubilee.”

Although our spring weather has been unusually cool (and challenging for rose growers), recent warm days should assure plenty of entries. See hundreds of blooms at their peak of beauty, Perhaps, discover a new favorite rose variety.

In addition to exhibition roses, rose arrangements will be competing for top honors in the artistic division. Designs will be rosy interpretations of that “Diamond Jubilee” theme, thanks to the Sacramento Floral Design Guild.

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This is Secret, which has a great fragrance too.

Society members will be on hand to answer questions about roses and rose horticulture. Take some flowers home, too; cut roses will be available for a suggested donation ($1 per stem, $10 for a dozen including a vase, while supply lasts).

Show hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Want to enter a rose? Entries are open to the public, but arrive early. Deadline is 10 a.m.

Details: www.sacramentorosesociety.org.

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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