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African violets on exhibit and for sale Saturday

Shepard Center is site for annual flower event

Pale lavender African violet
This beauty is identified as a Rob's Boolaroo variety of
African violet, a winner at a previous Capital City show.
(Photos courtesy Capital City African Violet Society)

While spring flowers are popping out all over, it’s time to turn out attention to some indoor bloomers: African violets.

Saturday, April 24, the best African violets of the greater Sacramento region will be on display during the annual Capital City African Violet Society show and sale at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the show and sale will feature dozens of outstanding specimen plants in full bloom.

In addition, patrons can take home some beautiful violet plants. The event’s sale will offer hundreds of plants in many hard-to-find varieties not available in local nurseries.

Canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, this show and sale is always a wonderful spot to get advice about growing African violets, a longtime favorite houseplant. Society members can show how to replant an overgrown plant and other care tips.

If it seems this show is later than usual, it is. Traditionally, the Capital City African Violet Society show is held the first weekend in April. With the cancellation of the 2021 Sacramento Rose Society show, this prime Saturday became available.

As with all events at Shepard Center this spring, patrons should wear facemasks and stay socially distanced. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Admission and parking are free.

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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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