Two April events welcome visitors to sprawling daylily destination
|The daylilies are always at Amador Flower Farm, but Spring Fling activities this weekend and Easter events on April 17 will add a special air of celebration. Picnicking is welcome. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)|
It’s time to hop over to Amador wine country, catch some spring fever and maybe a rabbit, too.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, the famed Amador Flower Farm hosts its annual “Spring Fling.”
“A celebration of the beginning of spring!” say the organizers. “The nursery is open and full of fresh plants for the season. Join us for seminars, demonstrations, free tram rides, a stroll through the gardens.”
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but leave your pets at home. They’re not allowed at the flower farm.
Surrounded by vineyards, the flower farm is home to millions of daylilies in more than 1,200 varieties. Besides acres of flowers and centuries-old oaks, the farm includes a wonderful retail nursery plus a beautiful water-wise demonstration gardens. There’s also room for picnicking.
Free tram rides are scheduled all day, weather permitting. “This event will take place rain or shine,” say the organizers.
On Sunday, April 17, Amador Flower Farm welcomes back the Easter Bunny.
“Join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt at Amador Flower Farm!” say the organizers. “She hides her eggs here every year and kids (toddler to 13 years old) have a great time hunting for them in the daylilies.”
Come early, then join the hunt, which takes place at 1 p.m. sharp in the daylily growing grounds. Gates open at 9 a.m.
“Take your picture with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a picnic,” say the hosts. “Don’t forget your camera and don’t be late!”
The egg hunt also will take place rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.
Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth.
Details and directions: https://www.amadorflowerfarm.com/
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* 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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