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Support your local wildlife: Plant flowers!

Arboretum sale offers huge range of water-wise perennials and more

Pale lavender flowers and a flying bee
Seaside daisies attract a busy bee. Many native plants will be available during the UC Davis Arboretum plant sale. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)

It’s not too late to plant for summer – or next fall. Find hundreds of possibilities at the UC Davis Arboretum’s Member Appreciation Plant Sale.

Starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, this first online sale of the season continues through 1 p.m. Monday, March 1. Then, buyers schedule a time for contact-free curbside pick-up at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery between March 4 and 9 (excluding Sunday, March 7).

“Shop from thousands of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region,” says the Arboretum staff. “Shopping is limited to members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Members who shop this event will receive their member appreciation gift of a free plant! Not a member? No worries. Sign up and go shopping! Members save 10% on their plant sale purchases and receive other benefits as well.” Memberships start at $48 for individuals; $18 for students. Check out the benefits here:

The plant inventory is extensive and includes many of the popular Arboretum All-Stars as well as water-wise flowering perennials and shrubs. Plant now so these drought-resistant California natives and Mediterranean stalwarts can start getting established before summer heat.

Besides helping save water, low-water native plants also support natives bees and can attract beneficial insects to your garden, bringing more wildlife (and life) into your landscape.

With the largest selection of the season, this sale also features plenty of eye-catching favorites, from Abutilon (flowering maple) to Zephyranthes (rain lily).

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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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