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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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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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