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Green Acres hosts huge rose show in (where else?) Roseville

Sierra Foothills Rose Show will feature hundreds of blooms on Saturday, Oct. 21

Daybreaker, a popular floribunda rose, is a yellow-orange-pink blend that looks beautiful in October.

Daybreaker, a popular floribunda rose, is a yellow-orange-pink blend that looks beautiful in October. Debbie Arrington

October is the second best time for roses in the greater Sacramento area, as warm days bring out a fall flush of blooms.

See for yourself at the annual Sierra Foothills Rose Show, set for 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the new Green Acres Nursery & Supply in Roseville. Admission is free.

Hundreds of roses at their peak of beauty will be on display. In addition, see creative flower arrangements using roses to interpret various themes. View a gallery of rose photos spotlighting beautiful blooms in garden settings.

Looking for a new favorite rose? You may find it among all those pretty flowers. You’re sure to discover some roses you’ve never seen before.

Got rose questions? Club members will be on hand to offer advice on any rose issue including which varieties to plant, how (and when) to prune, fertilization, irrigation, pest control and more. Educational displays will offer inspiration as well as basic instruction.

Got roses? Here’s your chance to win a blue ribbon.

“You, too, can be part of the festivities by entering your own rose for judging,” say the organizers. “Bring in your cut rose between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and the team of rosarians will assist you in preparing your entry.”

Requirements to enter: Rose must be homegrown. The rose needs a stem at least 6 to 8 inches long with leaves attached. Ideally, flowers should be half to two-thirds open. Bring the rose in a container of water. (It will be transferred to a vase for judging.)

Green Acres is located at 7300 Galilee Road, Roseville.

Details: www.sierrafoothillsrosesociety.org or www.idiggreenacres.com.

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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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