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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

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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