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See a million flowers during Daylily Days

Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth hosts popular celebration of all things daylily

Orange daylily
This beauty came from the Amador Flower Farm, which
presents its annual Daylily Days this weekend. (Photo:
Debbie Arrington)

See a million flowers blooming in one place – and that’s no exaggeration.

It’s time for Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm and the namesake daylilies are cooperating. Expect to see a spectacular display on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. Admission and parking are free. (Sorry, no pets.)

Located in Amador’s wine country near Plymouth, the 14-acre destination daylily farm grows more than 1,200 varieties of daylilies – with most now in bloom. Its fences are lined with tens of thousands of plants; row after row of daylilies roll over its oak-studded hills.

During this special event, enjoy free tram tours. Stroll in the flower fields and demonstration garden, then find some shade under the oaks. It’s an ideal spot to picnic, too, and part of Daylily Days is a barbecue.

“There will be hourly gardening demonstrations, garden art artisans, and idea gardens full of unique perennials to delight visitors,” say the organizers. “Gardening demonstrations about daylilies, the art of bonsai, and unusual air plants will interest curious gardeners.”

Don’t forget lunch! “Food will be available for sale from our local 4H kids,” adds the flower farm. “They’re fundraising by cooking up hamburger and hot dog lunches that include chips and a bottle of water for $6, or folks are welcome to pack a picnic.”

Amador Flower Farm “is alive with color at this time of the year as the daylilies explode in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, purple and more,” say the organizers. “Stroll the garden paths, find inspiration for your own garden, relax under the oaks, and join in celebrating the daylily!”

Daylilies are fantastic water-wise perennials that can withstand Sacramento’s heat while offering vivid color in the early summer landscape. During Daylily Days, learn how to incorporate these plants into your garden.

At the farm’s nursery, hundreds of potted daylily plants will be offered for sale. Find a favorite flower in the fields, then take it home; many popular varieties will be available.

Daylily Days will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. About an hour from downtown Sacramento, Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth.

Details and directions: www.amadorflowerfarm.com .

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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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