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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.

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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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