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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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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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