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Paint a cactus at Exotic Plants

Cactus-themed Paint Night set for Saturday

This little succulent could make a fine still-life
subject. (Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)

Have you ever tried to paint a cactus? Here’s your chance – not to paint the plant itself, but capture its form, color and beauty on canvas.

Exotic Plants is hosting a cactus-themed Paint Night at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

With their angular growth, cacti and succulents naturally look sculptural. With their geometric forms, they also make great subjects for still-life painting.

Learn how to capture a cactus or succulent on canvas during this fun event. Tickets include canvas and paint plus snacks and drinks. Tickets are $35 for one person, $55 for two. Seating is limited.

To register, call Exotic Plants at 916-922-4769.

Exotic Plants also is hosting a month-long succulents sale. Buy two succulent plants, get one free, through the end of February.

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. For more details, email or visit .

Calendar note: Placer's 'Totally Tomatoes' Zoom class canceled

The Placer County master gardeners notified us that the "Totally Tomatoes" live Zoom session they had scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 26, has been canceled. (Our post on the class appeared last week.)

However, the "Totally Tomatoes" session held in 2021 was recorded and can be viewed on the Placer master gardeners' YouTube channel with this link:

-- Kathy Morrison


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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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