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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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