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Sacred Heart Holiday Home tour coming soon

This 44th Street home will be featured during the 2019 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. (Courtesy Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour)

Tickets are now on sale for Fabulous Forties celebration

Tickets are now on sale for one of Sacramento’s biggest and most beloved holiday events – the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour.

Now in its 46th year, this three-day tour annually attracts more than 5,000 patrons, who stroll through the Fabulous Forties to see houses professionally decked out in their Christmas best.

From Dec. 6 through 8, five distinctive homes will be showcased, each with an individual theme ranging from “Coastal Christmas” to “More the Merrier.”

Tickets ($30) are available online and through some select East Sacramento businesses. (See website for list.) Proceeds go toward scholarships for students to attend Sacred Heart Parish School as well as school programs.

This is more than a home tour; it's a community kickoff for the holiday season. A Champagne and Bubbles bar will offer fizzy refreshments in the late afternoon at the school. Sacred Heart also hosts a boutique with vendors offering Sacramento-made products and treats. The boutique and bubbles bar are open free to the public.

Tour hours are noon-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. For advance tickets and more details: . On tour days, tickets will be available at Sacred Heart Parish School, 856 39th St., and the first home on the tour, 1370 46th St.


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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