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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 Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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