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Love flowers? See 1 million daylilies in bloom (and it's free)

Amador Flower Farm hosts annual Daylily Days with tram tours and barbecue

Daylilies in profusion will be on view this weekend at Amador Flower Farm, in the heart of Amador County's wine country.

Daylilies in profusion will be on view this weekend at Amador Flower Farm, in the heart of Amador County's wine country. Debbie Arrington

Winter rain and warm spring weather brings out an abundance of blooms – we see that in our own gardens. But where can you see more than a million flowers in one place? It’s Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm.

This weekend, June 22 and 23, the 14-acre farm is at its peak of bloom with row after row of colorful daylilies covered with flowers – the best time to hold Daylily Days. Admission is free and the farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. (No pets are allowed.)

Located in the heart of Amador wine country and surrounded by vineyards, the flower farm invites visitors to take a garden break from wine tasting and relax under 300-year-old heritage oaks. Besides the vast daylily fields, see 4 acres of landscaped demonstration gardens with examples of how to incorporate more water-wise daylilies and other perennials into suburban gardens.

During these annual Daylily Days, visitors enjoy free tram tours as well as a chance to walk and picnic among the many blooms. The farm’s nursery offers more than 1,000 varieties of daylilies for sale and many more varieties grow in the fields.

Daylily Days also includes a garden fair with several vendors, hourly demonstrations and a barbecue.

Looking down a daylily-covered hill
This flower-filled photo shows just a portion of
Amador Flower Farm's 14 acres.

It’s a celebration of daylilies and garden fun, say the Deaver family, the farm’s owners. “Join the flower farm family for picnicking, demonstrations, shopping, garden-wandering, and free tram ride tours of the farm. There will be hourly gardening demonstrations, garden art artisans, and idea gardens full of unique perennials to delight visitors. Gardening demonstrations about daylilies, the art of bonsai, and unusual air plants will interest curious gardeners.

“Food will be available for sale from our local 4H kids,” they add, “or folks are welcome to pack a picnic.

“The 14-acre 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,” they note. “Stroll the garden paths, find inspiration for your own garden, relax under the oaks, and join in celebrating the daylily!”

Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth, about an hour from downtown Sacramento.

From Sacramento, take Jackson Road (Highway 16) east towards Plymouth, merging onto Highway 49 for 2.4 miles. At the roundabout, take the first right onto E16/Shenandoah Road. Continue 4.2 miles and turn right on Shenandoah School Road.

Picnic tables may be reserved for a small fee for parties of six or more. Call 209-245-6660.

Details and more on daylilies: https://www.amadorflowerfarm.com/.

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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.

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

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

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

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