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Workshop: Make a 'hearty' Valentine dish garden

Green Acres hosts special event at five locations

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching.

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching.

Kathy Morrison

Looking for a Valentine gift that will grow on your sweetie? Here’s an event that your plant-loving special someone will love. (Or keep it for yourself.)

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., Green Acres Nursery & Supply is hosting “Create Your Own Valentine Pot Up,” an in-store special “Create Class.” The finished creation uses houseplants evocative of the holiday: Their flowers or foliage are shaped like hearts or have red accents.

“Join us for a fun and creative Valentine's Day-themed activity!” says the Green Acres announcement. “Our experienced garden gurus will guide you in creating a unique houseplant pot featuring an Anthurium, Red Margin Peperomia, and a String of Hearts planted in a modern and stylish Modernist Face Planter.”

Besides making the houseplant container garden, participants will get some hands-on plant education.

“Not only will you leave with a beautiful new plant, but also with the knowledge of how to care for it,” says Green Acres. “Perfect as a treat for yourself or a loved one. Space is limited to 20 participants per location.”

Tickets are $45 with registration online here:

The class is offered at five Green Acres locations: Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

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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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