Lincoln Hills. (Photo courtesy Sun City Lincoln Hills)
Get out and enjoy perfect spring weather during a real rarity – a midweek garden tour.
On Thursday, April 28, the Lincoln Hills Garden Group will host a home garden tour featuring private landscapes in its retirement community.
“Are you ready for some ideas to spruce up your yard, maybe make a few changes, or just enjoy a refreshing look at what others have done with their yards?” say the organizers. “We invite the community to attend this well-received event that the Garden Group sponsors each year through the generosity of homeowners who are willing to share their yards.”
First stop of this tour is Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln, in Sun City Lincoln Hills.
“Drive through Orchard Creek Lodge entrance portico between 9:30 and 11 a.m. and pick up a packet with driving directions, addresses, and descriptions of each yard,” say the organizers. “There is no need to park and get out as volunteers will be there to hand you a copy.”
The tour packets are $5; please bring exact change if possible, the organizers add.
Nicknamed “Gardeners on the Rocks,” the Lincoln Hills Garden Group welcomes visitors from throughout the greater Sacramento area to this popular tour. Sun City Lincoln Hills is known for its tree-studded community and views of the foothills.
More details and photos of past tours: http://lhgardengroup.org/home-garden-tour/ .
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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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