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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 Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

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

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* 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. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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