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Sacramento fuchsia sale set for Saturday

Fuchsias will be on exhibit as well as sold Saturday at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center, Sacramento. (Photo courtesy American Fuchsia Society)

Local society holds 78th annual event with COVID precautions

Its show may be scaled way back, but the sale will go on.

For almost eight decades, the Sacramento Branch of the American Fuchsia Society has hosted its annual show and sale, usually on the first Saturday in June.

This Saturday, the local fuchsia lovers will continue their string with their 78th annual fuchsia sale and a slimmed-down show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.

“Due to many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 virus, we have had to act quickly on recent news that we can meet and provide fuchsias,” the society announced. “Modifications are in place this year, but we do have some spectacular fuchsias and members’ plants on display. We hope you will join us!”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, the society will offer dozens of plants for sale as well as provide excellent advice on the care and cultivation of these charming flowers.

Both hanging and upright varieties will be available. This sale specializes in fuchsia varieties that can take Sacramento’s summer heat and are “climate proven.” All plants have been acclimated to Sacramento in advance of the sale.

The plants are a good value, too. A healthy fuchsia will thrive and bloom repeatedly for many years.

With COVID precautions in place, Shepard Center asks patrons to wear masks and practice social distancing.


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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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