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Love mums? This Sacramento sale is for you

Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society offers hundreds of plants at May 14 event

Pink spider mums
Satin Ribbon spider mums are an example
of the types of rooted cuttings that will
be for sale Satursday. (Photo courtesy
Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society)

Mum's the word this Saturday, May 14, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center during the annual Chrysanthemum Cutting Sale.

If you love mums, this is the sale for you. with an excellent selection of unusual varieties. Presented by the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society, the sale features hundreds of mum plants, grown from cuttings by club members from their collections.

Admission and parking are free. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, but plan on shopping early – this event can sell out.

“This is a popular event and eager shoppers arrive early for the best selection and varieties,” say the organizers. “The members have grown a great selection of many of the popular varieties, including the exotic spiders, quills and the very large exhibition bloom types.”

How do you choose – especially when you can’t see the flowers? The club will help.

“The plants are not in bloom and are identified by cultivar name and color with a picture of the flower in bloom,” say the organizers. “Club members will be available to assist with your selection.”

These healthy young plants will grow rapidly. Most will bloom this fall – and for many years to come.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, on the north end of McKinley Park.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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