Find huge selection of water-wise plants to take home
Succulents are water-wise plants that do well in containers. See many varieties
of cactus and succulents at the Carmichael show this weekend. (Photo: Debbie
Got cactus? Summer puts cactus and succulents in the spotlight; these drought-tolerant plants can take the heat as well as cope with water restrictions.
See beautiful cactus and succulents – and take some home, too – during the Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society’s 44th annual show and sale this weekend, May 21 and 22, at the Carmichael Park Community Clubhouse.
“(The show is) a chance for club members to display their best plants!” say the organizers. “We have plants for sale by professional growers and by club members, hand-made pottery, books, drawings and refreshments.”
Find an exceptional selection of hard-to-find aloes, echeverias, aeoniums and many kinds of cactus. In addition, get the advice you need to help these water-wise plants flourish.
No room for more plants? Cacti and succulents grow well in container gardens as well as in the ground.
Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
Carmichael Park Community Clubhouse is located at 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael.
Details: http://ccandss.com .
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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29
Bundle up and get work done!
* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.
* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.
* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.
* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.
* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.
* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.
* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.
* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.
* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.
* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.
* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.
* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.
* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.
* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.
* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.
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