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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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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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