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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:
https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/membership/individual

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).

Full details, plant inventory and links: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/online-plant-sales

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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