I don’t know how long Winter Jasmine has been commercially available, but 40 years ago when my mom had a retail nursery in Newberg, it was one of the top sellers. It’s quite understandable when you consider that it blooms in the winter and works as either a vine or ground cover.
As a shrub, it typically grows in a sprawling mound to 4′ tall with arching branches, and spreads by trailing branches that root as they go along the ground. As a vine, it usually grows to 10-15′.
Bright yellow flowers appear before the leaves in late winter and make for wonderful early color for the garden. Give it full sun to part shade, fast draining soil, and fertilize with slow release fertilizer every April. Hardy to -20°F.
I’m happy to report that the crew doing the sewer construction has moved over a couple of blocks and it’s once again easy to get into the Incahoots parking lot. It’s a bit harder to get into the Columbia Bank lot, but that should only last a few days.
One of our favorite new gift lines (and judging by how fast it sells, yours as well) is now back in stock. This Raku pottery is handmade in Jamul California – which, for the geographically curious, is to the east of San Diego.
Each Raku art piece is made by hand and fired in an outdoor kiln to 2000°F. It is pulled from the red hot kiln and plunged into a sand pit with wood chips where the intense heat of the Raku piece causes the wood to spontaneously ignite. The flames create unique colors and the outdoor atmosphere shocks the glaze causing cracks in the finish.
No two pieces are exactly alike, and the new turtles are really adorable. _________________
And if you missed the email exclusive calendar special, good news, we are now offering that deal to everyone the law allows and you can get your new 2020 Calendar for 20% Off!
It’s the start of Primrose season and as much as we all love the traditional primroses, there are literally 400-500 species of primrose to explore. Let’s start with this one:
Belarina Cobalt Blue is in the common primrose category, but features deep sapphire blue double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. It blooms from early spring to summer. You can plant it in a garden border, but I’d keep it close by in a container to better enjoy both the blooms and the scent. This primrose is easy to grow in sun to part shade, is hardy to -20 degrees, and tops out at 6-18″ tall. This is a patented variety and costs a bit more, but definitely worth the price.
Andrea and Janet are back with another Gnome Night on Thursday, January 30th. This time around, they’ll be helping you create a gnome couple (or a couple of gnomes) that will make a perfect Valentine’s Day display.
This is a no worries, no-sew project and a whole lot of fun. All supplies are included, but you are welcome to bring along an old sweater that could be re-purposed into gnomewear.
Class starts at 7:00 p.m. and will last about an hour. Cost is $35 payable upon registration – you can save your place by giving us a call at 503-472-4923.
The nice folks at YCAP asked if I would pass this information along.
The nationwide Point-In-Time Homeless Count takes place annually on the last Wednesday in January. This year it will take place on January 29th, 2020. YCAP leads the Homeless Count for Yamhill County each year. This effort offers a snapshot of homelessness by recording the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night of the year. This event is critical for bringing in local funding for homeless services and service planning.
There are a variety of opportunities to participate in the Point-In-Time Homeless Count. Volunteers are essential to the success of the Homeless Count. Volunteer training is required for some volunteer roles to ensure safety. Training is offered by YCAP’s Client Services Department before the day of the Homeless Count.
Saturday, January 25th is the date for this year’s Jazz Night – an evening of music, food, and festivities. The MHS Jazz Band, the Twilighters, and other student ensembles will provide the entertainment, Rogue Gourmet Catering provides the dinner, and local businesses and organizations provide an assortment of auction items.
Jazz Night is the main fundraiser for the McMinnville Music Boosters and this event helps provide a large part of the funds for the Music programs throughout the McMinnville school district.
It’s a new year and a new decade. I still haven’t gotten used to writing 2020 instead of 2019, but I’m sure I’ll get in the habit after a few more months. (And for some strange reason since the year started, I’ve been thinking a lot about Hugh Downs. But I digress…)
Through this Saturday, you can still get a jump on next Christmas by adding a few decorations to your collection. At 70% off the regular prices, you’re sure to find some that are just to good to pass up.
If you’ve been involved in most any kind of business, you know that January is inventory time. We just finished up with ours and discovered that we have more greeting cards than will comfortably fit in the card racks. So Rain has gathered up a bunch (in a variety of designs for a variety of occasions) and they can be yours for just a dollar each.
But wait, there’s more! Grab 10 and the price drops to 75¢ each.
But wait, there’s more! Get 20, and pay only 50¢ each.
We still have tickets available for the 2018 production of Gallery Ballet’s The Nutcracker.Performances this year will be on Sunday and Monday, December 16th and 17th at 6:30 p.m. This is always a popular production so be sure to get your tickets soon.