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Cactus Quest offers 'Lamborghinis for the Garden'

Timeless Thrills in East Sac hosts pop-up event with pottery, cactus and succulents -- plus a talk

Hunter of Cactus Quest will talk about his research trips to Mexico in "Desert Enchantments," at the beginning of the pop-up shop Saturday morning. He took this photo of Lophophora diffusa on one of the trips.

Hunter of Cactus Quest will talk about his research trips to Mexico in "Desert Enchantments," at the beginning of the pop-up shop Saturday morning. He took this photo of Lophophora diffusa on one of the trips. Courtesy Cactus Quest via Timeless Thrills

Are you into cactuses and succulents? Then, rev up your engine this weekend and head to “Lamborghinis for the Garden,” featuring Hunter aka “Cactus Quest.”

Set for Sept. 9 and 10, this is a special pop-up show and sale at Timeless Thrills in East Sacramento. Hunter creates unusual and sought-after ceramic pots (kind of like fancy sports cars) designed to show off cactuses and succulents. He’s also bringing several flats of rare specimens to put in those pots. Admission is free.

To start things off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Hunter will present “Desert Enchantments,” a talk on his personal explorations for cactus and succulents in Mexico. Besides familiar agaves, he’ll discuss Ariocarpus, Lophophora and several rare species he’s encountered and photographed. (He grows his plants from seed and is on the record as being against poaching wild specimens.)

Also on Saturday morning, Seasons Coffee will host a coffee bar at the event from 10 a.m. until noon.

Find out more about Cactus Quest on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cactusquest/.

Cactus Quest at Timeless Thrills will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Besides plants and pots, also find special commemorative T-shirts, headwear and more.

Details: www.timelessthrills.com. Phone: 916-228-4597.

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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