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Last chance this spring for UC Davis plants

Clearance sale starts today, runs to Monday

Hor pink-purple salvia blooms
Love salvia? You're not alone. The Arboretum Nursery will have about 30 varieties of salvia — several hundred plants — on clearance. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Ever wanted to own a Purple People Eater? How about a Red Wiggle stonecrop? And who could resist planting a chocolate vine in their garden?

These are just three of the hundreds of plants on clearance, online only, starting at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) and continuing until 1 p.m. Monday at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery.

It's the final sale of the spring, and plants are priced to move -- really. Members of Friend of the Arboretum get 30 percent off the listed price of each plant; 1-gallon plants run $10 to $12 generally, so that is a significant discount.

The general public saves 20 percent on each plant, which knocks a $7.50 4-inch plant down to $6 — a great price for a plant that was grown in our climate, for our climate. And all sales benefit the Arboretum and its Teaching Nursery educational programs.

Curbside pickup at the nursery (on the UC Davis campus) is offered for all online orders. Customers choose a pickup time when they pay, from a slot offered May 27 to June 2, but excluding Sunday (May 30) and Monday (May 31).

The sale page can be found here . There's also a link on the page that brings up the full inventory. It is a clearance, so some favorites might not be on there. But if you're looking for salvia, cranesbill or coffeeberry plants, this is a great time to get them.

The Purple People eater, by the way, is a mangave succulent. And there's only one chocolate vine this sale, so move fast if you want it.

For more on the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, including how to become a Member, visit

-- Kathy Morrison


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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