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Still a few more opportunities to add to your garden for a good cause

Silver grey webby leaves of sage plant
This cool-looking plant is Salvia argentea , or silver sage, a low-water perennial. The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery had 39 of these available as 4-inch pots at the start of the latest sale today. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

We're not done with spring plant sales. Take a look:

-- From 1 p.m. today through Monday, the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery holds its fourth spring online plant sale. Still many great plants in stock, including natives, Arboretum All-Stars, shrubs, trees and herbs. To see the plant list, visit this page and open either the pdf or Excel list. Curbside pickup will be scheduled May 6-11, Sunday excluded. Go other here for plant sale details and how to join the Friends of the Arboretum, who get 10 percent off on their purchases.

And for those who like to plan ahead, the teaching nursery's online clearance sale will be May 20-24, with pickup available May 27-May 29 and June 1-2; no pickup Sunday, May 30, or on Memorial Day, May 31.

-- Saturday, May 8, is the date for the annual plant sale by the Roseville Better Gardens Club, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church,  2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville. This is a new location for the sale; the church is off Professional Drive/Douglas Boulevard, east of Interstate 80.

The club says there will be locally grown plants including veggies, annual and perennial flowers, ornamental grasses, houseplants, cacti and succulents. In addition there will be fresh flower arrangements,  garden items, garden art, baked goods and books.

This sale is strictly cash only.

These sales,  like earlier ones, help fund the organizations and their efforts in the community. The Arboretum sale page notes:  "By shopping these sales, you support the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's environmental leadership programs, the growth of our gardens and collections and the wide variety of free, educational events we offer the public."

Proceeds from the Roseville Better Garden Club's sale help fund its scholarship program as well as educate the community about gardening, conservation and wildlife.

So what better reason is there to buy some more plants?

-- Kathy Morrison


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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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