Last Sunday, we spent a fun afternoon visiting many of our local parks with Tanglebox Passport in hand. We hadn’t really planned on going, but the weather was nice so we made a quick picnic dinner and set off. I’m please to report that we successfully (eventually) found the Tangleboxes in each of the parks we stopped at.
I’m sure it isn’t easy to come up with new places to hide the Tangleboxes every year and it’s most certainly harder to write the clues. But if you’ve done this before, you have likely figured out that some of the clues can be interpreted in different ways. A little persistence and head scratching will pay off in the end.
In past years there have been occasions when some ne’er-do-well thought it would be a hoot-and-a-half to relocate a tanglebox so as to make it unfindable. Not such a big deal if the park is just a few blocks from home, but if it’s a half-hour drive away, that can get rather annoying. So here’s a helpful hint: Check the Yamhill County Parks Department’s Facebook page for updates. If a box is missing, someone is sure to report it there. And if it really isn’t missing, that will get reported as well.
Let me know if you figure out which park has the pink Lupines pictured above.
Tanglebox Passports are available now at Incahoots – $5 each.
On Saturday, June 17th bring your budding gardeners by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to create a potted garden. We’ll provide the container, plants, soil, instructions and advice – and take care of the cleaning up. Cost is just $8 per container.
I’m not usually one to take those online surveys that determine the answers to life’s important questions such as, “What animal would you be?” or “Are you a Slytherin or Hufflepuff?” But I did try out the new personality quiz from Bailey Nurseries (no relation). Supposedly it will help you “find your yardening style.” (Yardening, as they define it, is “The modern homeowner. Obsessed with curb appeal and not particularly interested in classic ‘gardening’. Enjoys mowing the lawn on weekends and easy-care plants that are low on maintenance but big on looks.”)
My yardening personality is pretty much what I would have guessed and since I was the one answering the questions, that really isn’t surprising. They do make it sound rather poetic though:
“You like a garden that’s as free as your spirit. The freeform beauty of your yard is a celebration of life, with a natural balance of order and chaos…”. Which loosely translates to: “You tend let things grow wild and prune them only when you can’t get your car in the driveway.”
You can find the quiz HERE, but be warned that you’ll have to submit an email address before they tell you the answer.
This year’s Garden Tour is coming up on Sunday, June 25th. The five gardens selected for the tour are each enjoyable and gorgeous in their own special way. The variety of sizes, landscaping features and purposes will delight with their individuality and unique characteristics.
The gardens will be open for viewing from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available here at Incahoots.
For more information, see the Garden Club’s website at:
McMinnville Garden Club
The 2017 Tangleboxing season begins on June 16th and continues through September 25th. That should give you plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of our local area. Our family attempts to complete the Tanglebox Passport every year and many times we’ve succeeded. We were off to our best ever start last year, but somehow managed to get too busy towards the end of summer to finish. We did however, discover a new park in Newberg that we had no idea existed and that’s one of the benefits of the program.
If you’re new to Tangleboxing, here’s the scoop:
Tangleboxing is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt! Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes! Beginning each June, Tangleboxes are hidden in local area parks and waiting to be discovered. Each box contains a rubber stamp, ink pad and guest book. To find each Tanglebox, participants need to purchase an Official Passport to your Yamhill County Parks and follow clues provided in the passport, to the Tanglebox at each participating park. Once participants find each Tanglebox, they will use the stamp in the Tanglebox to record their discovery. Participants who find all the Tangleboxes 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.
Passports are available now at Incahoots for $5 each.
It’s Spring at Incahoots and the plant benches are overflowing with gorgeous flowers and foliage. Janet and Jennifer have been busy unloading trucks, tagging plants and getting them displayed and ready for your perusal. The outdoor area has never looked better! But you don’t have to take my word for it – come see for yourself.
You’re going to love the new assortment of Tillandsias that have just arrived from sunny San Diego. Janet recently located a wonderful new grower that promises to keep us supplied with a wide variety of happy and healthy plants.
I’m sure you’re familiar with Aeranthos, Balbisiana, Brachycaulos, Bulbosa, Capitata, Chiapensis, Harrissi, and Ionantha varieties, but how often do you come across Mallemontii, Recurvata, Straminea or Stricta? Not often enough I bet!
There are even a couple varieties of Tillandsia Usneoides – more commonly known as Spanish Moss.
MarketSpice Cinnamon & Orange Tea has been a favorite of tea lovers since 1911 and is always one of the most popular teas here at Incahoots as well. Since many people try to avoid caffeine, we were on the lookout for a lower caffeine version and decided to try out their Red Bush tea.
The results were unanimous: it’s delicious! (Some even like it better than the original). And since it’s made with rooibos, it’s caffeine-free. You can now find it among our many tea offerings – it might even become your new favorite.
African red bush (rooibos…pronounced roy-boss) is a shrub with needle-like leaves grown only in South Africa. The bush is actually green, but oxidation after cutting causes the leaves to turn red. African red bush has a naturally sweet taste and is well-known for its high level of antioxidant properties.