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Amador Flower Farm hosts Fall Fun Days


Hundreds of types of daylilies surround centuries-old valley oaks at Amador Flower Farm. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Weekend event features free corn and hay bale mazes, pumpkins, tours and lots of daylilies


During Farm to Fork Week, visit a farm dedicated to flowers.

With free tram tours, mazes and more, Amador Flower Farm hosts its annual Fall Fun Days Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. Admission and parking are free.

Nestled in Amador wine country, the flower farm is a destination nursery, featuring more than 1,200 varieties of daylilies. Growing in long rows, the flowers fill vast fields over the rolling hillsides and around massive valley oaks.

Demonstration gardens feature many other kinds of plants suited to Sacramento and foothill landscapes. Picnic areas invite visitors to relax and enjoy the wine country vistas.

During Fun Days, the farm starts its fall holiday season with a hay bale maze for little kids, a corn maze for kids of all ages and an amazing assortment of pumpkins. Youngsters also will enjoy visiting with the farm's baby animals.
This beauty is among the many varieties of daylilies available.

For gardeners, there will be plenty of tips on growing daylilies (and bargains, too). October is an excellent time to divide and plant these easy-care, drought-tolerant perennials. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on fall gardening.

Besides acres of flowers, the farm features a full nursery and garden gift shop.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

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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