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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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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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