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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.

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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

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

* 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 eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* 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.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* 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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