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Camellia Day blooms at Folsom's Murer House

Event salutes popular flower; hear Greg Gayton of Green Acres

White and red camellia blossom
This Ferris Wheel camellia is blooming just in time for the Folsom event. (Photo:
Debbie Arrington)

Camellia Day returns to Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 26, as the Murer House hosts its annual salute to this popular flower.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Camellia Day will celebrate all things camellia. Participants in this free event can learn about camellias, admire camellias and compete with other camellia growers for Best of Show.

At 11 a.m., Greg Gayton of Green Acres Nursery & Supply will discuss how to grow camellias and help them thrive. A member of the same family that produces tea, ornamental camellias have been a favorite in the Sacramento-area landscape for more than 150 years.

Members of the Camellia Society of Sacramento also will offer camellia tips, answer questions and identify camellia varieties.

Got camellias in bloom? You’re invited to enter up to five flowers in the Camellia Day show. Entries will be accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. Attendees also can enter a drawing for a free camellia plant.

During Camellia Day, Murer House and Gardens will be open free to the public for tours. Built in 1925, Murer House is located at 1125 Joe Murer Court, near historic Sutter Street in Folsom.

Questions? Contact Rhonda DesVoignes at or call the Murer House at 916-413-9231.

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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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