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Camellia Day at Folsom's Murer House

It's camellia time! Learn about this popular flower at Camellia Day at Folsom's Murer House on Feb. 29.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Celebrate popular winter shrub on Feb. 29

This warm February has really brought out the camellias, Sacramento’s official flower.

See scores of beautiful blooms – and learn how to grow this popular shrub – during the sixth annual Camellia Day at the historic Murer House in Folsom.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, Camellia Day will feature a judged camellia competition, guest speakers, raffle and more. Admission is free.

Green Acres’ Greg Gayton will offer tips on camellia care. As a bonus, garden expert Charlotte Owendyk will discuss companion planting and what to grow with camellias. The Camellia Society of Sacramento will help identify camellia varieties and answer questions on camellia care including how to produce award-winning blooms.

Speaking of awards, the public is invited to enter camellias for the Camellia Day show, too. Bring up to five home-grown flowers or a camellia arrangement. Ribbons will be awarded for “People’s Choice,” “Best of Show” and other prize divisions. Entries will be accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29.

In addition, the Murer House and gardens will be open for free tours during Camellia Day. Located at 1125 Joe Murer Court near Folsom’s historic Sutter Street, the landmark was built by Guiseppe Murer, who purchased the site in 1921 and constructed the home in 1925.

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– Debbie Arrington


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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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