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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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