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Mums for moms (and everyone else) at annual sale

Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society offers 1,000 plants in 85-plus varieties

These chrysanthemum cuttings are ready for the sale Saturday.

These chrysanthemum cuttings are ready for the sale Saturday. Courtesy Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society

It may be spring but it’s time to think about planting for fall – especially if you love mums.

And what better gift for a gardening mom for Mother’s Day on Sunday than mums full of potential.

Saturday (May 11), the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society hosts its annual cuttings sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. The club will offer 1,000 mum plants – rooted and grown out from cuttings – in more than 85 varieties, including dozens not available in local nurseries. Find several varieties that produce the kind of eye-popping blooms featured in the club’s annual fall mum show.

These mum plants will sell fast, so come early for best selection. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Find mums in a wide range of forms from spherical incurve to cute pompom to delicate spiders. Also find a rainbow of hues and combinations including many warm bronze, yellow and red hues as well as pastel pinks, rich purples or pure whites.

In addition, get tips on how to make those mums thrive in your garden and bloom this autumn – as well as many seasons to come. Club volunteers will be happy to offer suggestions on which varieties are right for your garden.

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

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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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