Plant of the Week: Begonia

Since it has been so nice out the past couple of days, I figured I would pick a beautifully blooming outdoor flower for you all today. This weeks Plant of the Week is none other than the gorgeous Begonia!

This plant has a ton of different varieties, ranging from leafy and foliage-like begonias to the flowery vibrant begonias you see pictured to the left. There are actually around 1,795 different varieties within the genus of Begoniaceae, so you are bound to find a begonia that you’ll love.

The begonias pictured in this article are rieger begonias, but we have tons of other types of begonias for sale here at the shop as well that you can come down and check out.

If you want a more in depth description of a few specific types of begonias, check out these pages from our plant index: Rex Begonia and Strawberry Begonia. There are of course tons of other begonias as well, and if you would like to learn more about them, come on down to Incahoots and ask one of our staff members about them! We are happy to help.

 

Story Heart Lockets

Locket

We are excited to carry a NEW style of necklace at our jewelry counter that makes a perfect gift for anyone you hold close to your heart. Featuring a dozen different designs and beautiful packaging to express your message, each handcrafted pendant is shaped into a heart, on a 32-inch tasseled chain. Locket penden

ts open with a magnetic closure to hold special notes or mementos inside. Each necklace is a special work of art that they will always keep near their heart.

Summer Cleaning

Now that we have a little free time and are pretty much guaranteed of dry weather, it’s time to start tackling some of those projects we’ve been thinking about. For some reason, our spring cleaning and general sprucing up always seems to have to wait until summer to get into gear. We’ll probably also throw in a bit of painting this year and the staff has lots of ideas about giving the restroom a complete makeover as well. Can’t wait to get started!

And remember, the McMinnville Garden Club’s 18th Annual Garden Tour is coming up this Sunday, June 24th. Five local and unique gardens will be open with garden hosts and volunteers on site to offer tips, answer questions and point out special garden features. Tickets are $10 each and available here at Incahoots.

Tea of the Week: Tropicana

As we go into the hot summer that has come very fast this year, ice tea can be a wonderful treat. One tea that works wonderfully iced is Tropicana. This refreshing tea is a blend of many fruit zests- kiwi, passion fruit, mango, and lime, black tea, and yellow and blue flower blossoms.

This fruity tea works great hot or iced. With the current very hot weather, we greatly recommend coming down and getting some of this wonderful tea iced. It is extremely refreshing on a hot day. You can have us make you an iced tea, or buy the leaves in bulk for $16 a pound.

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Garden Tour and Tanglebox Time

Image result for tanglebox mcminnvilleYou can get both your Garden Tour Tickets and Tanglebox Passports here at Incahoots.

Tangleboxing starts up again this Saturday, June 16th and continues through September 23rd. Tangleboxing is great fun for all ages and an excellent opportunity for families to get outside and visit a wide selection of local parks. Passports are just $5 each.

The McMinnville Garden Club’s 18th Annual Garden Tour takes place on Sunday, June 24th. Five local and unique gardens will be open with garden hosts and volunteers on site to offer tips, answer questions and point out special garden features. Tickets are $10 each.

Father’s Day Planting Day 2018

It’s time for another Kids’ Planting Day. Bring the young ones in this Saturday and they’ll be able to create a container garden to take home or maybe give to their favorite Father. Drop by anytime from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Plants, container, supplies, and instructions included – $8 per container.

 

Plant of the Week: Baby Tears

This week we are featuring the wonderful house plant that is baby tears. This plant, scientifically known as Helxine soleirolii, is often used in terrariums and bottle gardens. It is a low growing plant with many tiny, round leaves, which is what the name baby tears originates from.

Baby tears likes to grow in an elevated humidity level, which is why it flourishes in environments such as terrariums. Baby tears does best in a place with moderate daylight, so make sure your houseplant is near a window. It also needs good air circulation, so make sure that if you put it in a terrarium to leave it uncovered. You can come get your own small pot (the ones pictured in the top left of this article) of baby tears down here at the store for $4.99!

Tea of the Week: Yerba Maté

For this week’s Tea of the Week, we have the power packed Yerba Maté! Yerba Maté is a very special tea in that it naturally contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, all of which are found commonly in coffee and chocolate.  Not only does it contain these natural stimulants, like caffeine, but it delivers nutrition as well.

This unique tea is made from the leaves of the South American rain forest holly tree (scientifically known as Ilex paraguariensis). These leaves are super-packed with nutrition, containing 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundant amount of antioxidants. In these leaves are pretty much all of the vitamins needed to sustain human live.

Yerba Maté is also a delicious tea, described as having a woodsy, slightly bitter taste. It is a very earthy tea, and definitely an acquired taste because of the bitter aspect, but I personally think it is delicious, if that means anything to you. If you would like to try some out, or already have and want more, we sell Yerba Maté down here at Incahoots for $25 a pound bulk or $8.75 for the tea tin pictured to the right.

It’s Tanglebox Time

Kick off your summertime fun with a trip to a local park and some treasure hunting. Tangleboxing starts up again on June 16thand continues through September 23rd. If you’re new to tangleboxing, here’s a quick overview:
Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes!

TangleboxTo find each Tanglebox, you just need to purchase an Official Passport (available here at Incahoots) to your Yamhill County Parks and follow the clues provided to the Tanglebox at each participating park. Once you find each Tanglebox, use the stamp in the Tanglebox to record your discovery. If you find all the Tangleboxes you will be eligible for a prize drawing in September. Tangleboxing is great for all ages and an excellent opportunity for families to get outside and visit a wide selection of parks.

Spring Has Sprung

I hope you can find a little time soon to stop by and wander around among our outdoor plants. It’s the time of year when there are so many things blooming and at their best that it’s a refreshing experience just to stroll around and enjoy the endless forms and colors that plants have to offer.

Janet suggested that I include a couple of plants that we don’t often see and they are profiled below.

P. S. We have another Kids’ Planting Day coming up on Saturday, June 16th. More details next week.

GloxiniaHardy Gloxinia Incarvillea delavayi ‘Bees Pink’

For masses of large, exotic, trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring it’s hard to beat ‘Bees Pink’. The lush foliage looks somewhat like Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) and they are even sometimes called ‘flowering fern’. Clusters of lovely pink flowers bloom in late spring and they will rebloom if cut back after flowering. As a bonus, they have a light, yet lovely fragrance. Plant this perennial in full sun and keep it evenly moist. Grows 18″ to 24″ tall.

DianthusDianthus ‘Green Ball’

The striking moss-like green balls of this unusual Dianthus make a fabulous focal point. It’s great to use in beds, borders, and cutting gardens and the unique texture of the ‘flowers’ adds a bit of fun to flower arrangements. It does best in full sun and well-drained soil. Stems will grow 10″ to 14″ tall and maybe even a bit taller.