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Camellia Day blooms again at Folsom's Murer House

Greg Gayton of Green Acres will be featured speaker

This beauty is a Mrs. Charles Cobb camellia. See and learn about camellias during Saturday's event at the Murer House.

This beauty is a Mrs. Charles Cobb camellia. See and learn about camellias during Saturday's event at the Murer House.

Debbie Arrington

Camellia Day returns to Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Murer House hosts its annual salute to this popular flower.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Camellia Day will celebrate all things camellia. Participants in this free event can learn about camellias, admire camellias and compete with other camellia growers for Best of Show.

At 11 a.m., Greg Gayton of Green Acres Nursery & Supply will discuss how to grow camellias and help them thrive. A member of the same family that produces tea, ornamental camellias have been a favorite in the Sacramento-area landscape for more than 150 years. Most of those blooming right now are Japonica varieties.

Members of the Camellia Society of Sacramento also will offer camellia tips, answer questions and identify camellia varieties.

White camellia blossom with red stripes on some petals
A Ferris Wheel camellia.

Got camellias in bloom? You’re invited to enter up to five flowers in the Camellia Day show. Entries will be accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. Ribbons will be awarded for People’s Choice and other categories. Attendees also can enter a drawing for a free camellia plant.

During Camellia Day, Murer House and Gardens will be open free to the public for self-guided tours. Built in 1925, Murer House is located at 1125 Joe Murer Court, near historic Sutter Street in Folsom.

Questions? Contact Rhonda DesVoignes at or call the Murer House at 916-413-9231.

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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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