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Sacramento mum show set for this weekend

Pandemic can't stop 73rd annual celebration

White chrysanthemums
This trio of Mount Shasta mums was a winner
at an earlier show. (Photo courtesy Sacramento
Chrysanthemum Society

This show will go on!

This weekend, the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society along with the Sacramento Floral Design Guild will present the 73rd annual Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show.

Open free to the public, the show will be held at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Show hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 8.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings began in March, the mum show will be the first public flower show to be presented at Shepard Center. Although there have been few opportunities to celebrate and admire flowers in a traditional public gathering, that doesn’t mean flower lovers and exhibition growers have stopped gardening.

“The (show) theme is ‘Flower Power,’ appropriate since growing of flowers and vegetables has helped us maintain our sanity for the past months during the pandemic,” said longtime society member Sharon Peterson, who helped organize the mum show.

Precautions will be taken to keep everyone safe and healthy.

“Masks are required and social distancing will be observed,” Peterson said.

Besides exhibition quality mums and creative flower arrangements, the society will offer blooming mum plants for sale.

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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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