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See 1 million flowers in bloom at Daylily Days

Amador Flower Farm celebrates peak of season with special event

Rows and rows of daylilies cover much of the 14-acre Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth, California. The farm hosts its annual Daylily Days this weekend.

Rows and rows of daylilies cover much of the 14-acre Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth, California. The farm hosts its annual Daylily Days this weekend. Courtesy of Amador Flower Farm   Amador Flower Farm

Where can you see more than a million flowers in one place? It’s Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm.

This weekend, June 24 and 25, 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 four acres of landscaped demonstration gardens with examples of how to incorporate more water-wise daylilies and other perennials into drought-tolerant 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.

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. “They’re fundraising by cooking up hamburger and hotdog lunches that include chips and a bottle of water for $6, 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 ($5) for parties of six or more. Call 209-245-6660.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

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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