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Enjoy a Spring Fling in Amador wine country


Find more than 1,200 daylily varieties at Amador Flower Farm. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Amador Flower Farm hosts annual free event
Take a spring break and get out to Amador County to enjoy a flower-filled wine country weekend.

Amador Flower Farm, home to thousands of daylilies and surrounded by vineyards, will host its 22nd annual Spring Fling on April 6 and 7. Admission is free.

“The nursery will be fully stocked with fresh plants for the new season, a great variety of perennials, annuals, succulents, native and certainly the show stopper of the farm: Over 1,200 varieties of daylilies,” said manager Andrea Ferea.

Home to centuries-old oaks and thousands of daylilies,
Amador Flower Farm hosts Spring Fling on April 6 and 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the farm will welcome visitors with free tram rides and tours of its demonstration gardens and 14 acres of daylilies. Visiting experts and vendors will offer advice and new products. Among those expected are local bonsai artists, a gourd artist, OFP Farms and Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show.

Bring a picnic and relax under the heritage oaks. Wine from neighboring wineries is welcome, too.

Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth. From Sacramento, take Jackson Highway to Highway 49 towards Plymouth. Turn east on Shenandoah Road and then right on Shenandoah School Road. For further information, call 209-245-6660 or visit
www.amadorflowerfarm.com .


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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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