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Heat-resistant fuchsias featured at Sacramento show and sale

Sacramento Fuchsia Society hosts annual event at Shepard Center

Pink and purple fuchsias
Angel Earrings are right at home in a shady
Sacramento backyard. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

One of the prettiest flower shows in Sacramento returns Saturday when the Sacramento Fuchsia Society hosts its annual show and sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Admission and parking are free.

Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, this one-day show is a wonderful opportunity to learn about fuchsias – and take some home, too.

Scores of plants, many grown by local club members, will be offered for sale including several varieties that are heat resistant and well adapted to Sacramento area gardens. Both bush and cascading varieties will be available.

For example, Angel Earrings – a dainty pink and purple cascading fuchsia – thrives in dappled summer shade. It’s lovely spilling out of a hanging basket on a covered patio or in a flower bed under trees.

Most heat-tolerant fuchsias bloom profusely from late April through summer into fall. To look their best, they need consistent irrigation (don’t let them dry out) and (at least) afternoon shade.

Find out more Saturday! Club members will offer advice as well as display their most beautiful plants and blooms. See dozens of varieties.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

Directions and details: www.sgaac.org .

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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