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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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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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