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Amador Flower Farm hosts Spring Fling, Easter egg hunt

Two April events welcome visitors to sprawling daylily destination

Amador Flower Farm
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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

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