Prayer Flags from Touch the Earth

“Handmade in Oregon by old hippies,” declares the card attached to each prayer flag made by Touch the Earth. These double-sided flags are lovingly crafted with beautiful designs and heartfelt prayers for healing, hand printed on organic silk and hung between brass bells. The messages are designed to blow in the wind and, as the Tibetan Buddhists say, carry our compassion to the four directions. Each flag is accompanied with a story from the artist who explains her inspiration and intention with each design.

Tea of the Week: Apricot Arabesque

Because the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind on whether or not it’s going to be sunny or rainy, this week’s tea is Apricot Arabesque, which is perfect hot or cold! Inspired by Chinese black tea, Xanadu teas made this delicious drink. The essence of apricots in this tasty black tea leaves a sweet and smooth taste on the tongue.

If you would like to try a pot, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you some, or you can purchase it in bulk for $14 per pound!

NEW, old, witty and wise – all at the same time

It’s not unusual to hear customers chuckling in the back of the store while browsing the spinning racks of Shannon Martin greetings. Her humor and use of vintage photographs makes for a winning combination in cards, and are now featured on magnets as well. Perfect for mailing to a friend in need of a laugh, or giving yourself a chuckle every time you pass the fridge. Grab a handful of your favorites next time you are in the shop.

Annual Plants By the Flat Sale!

Imagine it’s a warm summer day, the birds are chirping, a gentle breeze is blowing, and you’re out strolling through the garden enjoying the endless display of colorful flowers you planted with your own hands. All it took was a little time in the spring, a few flats of annuals and the blooms just keep on coming.

April is almost here and that means it time for our annual Plants by the Flat Sale. This is your chance to get full flats of fresh-from-the-grower annuals that will brighten up your garden all summer long.

You’ll find all the information you need (with pictures) to decide on the best plants for your garden right here on our website. While you’re there, you can easily place your order.

Or, if you are a seasoned gardener who knows exactly what you want, click here for the printable PDF form. You can quickly fill in how many you need of each and drop off the form at Incahoots. (You can also email the form to contact@incahoots.biz, fax it to 1-503-434-1313, or call 503-472-4923).

Your plants will be available to pick up at the end of April.

Plant of the Week: Prayer Plant

Its a spring break miracle, plant of the week is a day early! I (as in the one that writes tea/plant of the week) wont be in the shop tomorrow so instead of making you all wait until Friday, I decided to move this week’s Plant of the Week article to today! This week’s plant is the Prayer Plant, or the Maranta! This plant gets it’s common name for a funky thing that it does called nyctinastic movement. Nyctinastic movements, sleep movements, are plant movements that occur in response to darkness. In the case of the prayer plant, as night starts to fall, the plant will turn it’s leaves upwards to the sky as if it were hands coming together to pray. After reading this I would encourage you to look up “prayer plant time lapse” and watch a video or two of this fascinating plant closing up for the night!

One might think that a plant this cool would require more care and attention, but these guys are actually a relatively easy plant to keep around! While a prayer plant will be semi-tolerant of low lighting, they prefer bright, indirect light to really flourish. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy and they prefer a higher humidity. If dry air is a problem in your household, there are a few ways you can fix this. Placing the plant on top (not in) a tray of pebbles with water can raise the humidity, or placing it around other houseplants and misting them daily can help with keeping the air moist. Ideal temperatures for this plant are around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit which is usually around where humans like to live anyways so this usually isn’t a problem.

If you decide that you want to keep one of these beauties around your house, you can come on down to Incahoots and pick up a 4″ prayer plant for $4.99!

Tea of the Week: Star of Persia

It seems as though this year’s spring break is shaping up to be on the chillier side of things which means that that this week’s Tea of the Week is another tea that is perfect for cozying up with a good blanket, book and a cup of Star of Persia tea from Xanadu! This beautiful full body black tea has a soft aroma and subtle taste of vanilla.

Not only do the Indian black and Chinese scented teas allow for a delicious drink, but it is also accented with ruby sugar crystals, so make sure that your tea is well mixed before brewing. This  tea is slightly sweet because of the sugar, and tastes delicious alone, or with a splash of milk! If you would like to try this tea for yourself, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would happily brew you a pot, or you can purchase it in bulk for $14 per pound.

Plant of the Week: Croton

Since the blooming plants have been receiving so much attention, I decided it was time to give our pretty foliage plants a turn in the spotlight, so this week’s plant of the week is the beautiful croton. Now, crotons do bloom, but only under perfect conditions and they don’t produce what one would usually call a “flower”, it’s actually a lot closer to a puff ball. Crotons are native to Madagascar, where there are over 150 different varieties of croton.

If you’ve read through our plant of the week articles before, you’ll know that we always give you guys the basic care of the plant, but this time I want to start with a disclaimer. Crotons can be temperamental plants, as they really do not like to move. Moving the plant should be avoided unless needed (like a car ride from the store to your house). If after bringing your new addition home it drops some leaves, do not be alarmed, this is totally normal croton behavior just continue with normal care and the plant will spring back. This plant should receive moderate-bright indirect light, so an east or west facing window usually provides enough light for these guys. Croton’s soil should be kept moist due to it’s tropical nature, so when the top of the soil feels dry, it’s time to water again.

If you want to add a croton to your collection, you can come on buy Incahoots and pick up a 4in one for $4.99 or an extra large one for $59.99

Any Bunny can find Easter basket goodies here!

EasterIt’s punny because it’s true. Pictured here are a few ideas sure to bring Sunday morning smiles. In a hurry or feeling basket-challenged? Call ahead and we will build a personalized basket for you!

Fun for kids of all ages, new critter-themed sticker rolls and activity books in quirky shapes can now be found in the back of the store. Perfect for long car rides (or sitting on the sideline during big sister’s soccer game), the selection is sure to please any pirate/princess/dinosaur/furry animal fan in your life.

Why You Should Get More Plants

unnamed 9 You know that at Incahoots, we love being surrounded by plants. There is more and more scientific evidence supporting the fact that everyone else should be spending time around plants too.

Indoor plants where we live, learn, heal and work have far-reaching positive effects on our well-being and indoor environment, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).

Scientific research from NASA and others shows that plants clean indoor air, stabilize carbon dioxide and create comfortable ambient air humidity. Plants also boost healing, happiness, and productivity.

The #PlantsDoThat Inside infographic on Where We Live shows:
* Rooms with plants have fewer pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
* Plants in our homes increase room humidity by 10%.
* Plants remove up to 90% of formaldehyde in a room.

So unless you’re in the formaldehyde business, why not get yourself a few plants?

Tea of the Week: Hibiscus Ginger

My wishes for warm and sunny weather have come true, so this week’s tea is the delicious hibiscus ginger, that is perfect as an iced tea! This blend of hibiscus petals and dried ginger gives a  lovely sweet but also tart flavor and has a warm, spicy aftertaste. Not only is this tea delicious, it is also caffeine free so you can drink it throughout the day without worrying about not being able to go to sleep at night.

While this tea is delicious hot, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as iced hibiscus, so here’s a simple method to cold brew this (and any other) tea!  To start, you’re going to need some kind of container to house the tea. For this method we are going to use a half gallon jug, but you can use whatever container you so wish. After you fill up the jug with cool, filtered water, add a half an ounce of tea to the water (a general rule is an ounce of tea per every gallon of water). Then you can leave the tea to brew overnight in the fridge, strain and serve the next day! If you aren’t going to serve it all in one day, you may consider straining the tea into another container to prevent over-brewing, but this is less common in iced teas because the cold water does not extract as many tannins from the tea so it wont become bitter. All of this can be bypassed if you don’t want to wait overnight by just brewing it hot and adding a bunch of ice (but that’s not as fun in my opinion).

If you would like to try this beautiful tea, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would love to brew you some, hot or cold, or you can purchase it in bulk for $28 per pound!