I hope you have the opportunity to come to our Fairy Garden Planting Day this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can get expert help creating a one-of-a-kind fairy paradise. Feel free to call ahead to reserve a time slot (503-472-4923), or stop by any time during the four hours and we’ll try to fit you in. Prices range from $15- $35 depending on the size of the garden you make.
While walking through the outdoor garden trying to decide on which plant to feature this week, the vibrant yellow Black Eyed Susan caught my eye. Scientifically known as Rudbeckia (this particular one is Rudbeckia Goldsturm), this plant is a North American native flowering plant which is a part of the sunflower family.
This plant is not too hard to care for as long as you keep a few specific things in mind. Since it is a part of the sunflower family, this flower need a lot of sun. Full sun is where the Black Eyed Susan will thrive, although some varieties of this flower can also take partial shade, so look into which Rudbeckia you have to decide the amount of sun is necessary. The variety pictured in this post (Rudbeckia Goldsturm) is one of the varieties that can take the partial shade.
Rudbeckias are able to grow and thrive in a variety of soil types, from clay to loam, as well. You can add organic matter to help the soil retain moisture if you have very sandy soil which dries out easily. If you are planting multiple Black Eyed Susans, make sure to space them out around 18″ apart.
You can purchase a Black Eyed Susan here at Incahoots, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask one of our amazing staff members. Hope to see you soon!
I featured the lavender plant as our Plant of the Week a little while ago, so this is a sort of continuation of that, with Lavender’s Blue Blend as our Tea of the Week this week. Lavender’s Blue Blend is a delicious lavender tea made from a blend of Earl Grey, lavender, and dried lemon peel. This tea was created by Terese Blanding for her Lavender’s Blue Tea Room.
This tea is very unique because it was made specifically for one lady’s Tea Room, so it is not a common tea blend with a long history like many of our other teas we have featured. However, it can be compared to a more common tea, Lady Grey, which is also a blend of Earl Grey and lavender, and some blends also incorporate the lemon peel. This is a very delicious tea and if you like Earl Grey and/or lavender, I would highly recommend you give it a try. We can brew you a cup or pot of Lavender’s Blue Blend if you would like to give it a try, or you can purchase the tea leaves in bulk for $30 a pound. Hope to see you here at the store soon!
For this week’s Plant of the Week I wanted to feature an herb, so I selected Sage. Scientifically known as Salvia, Sage is a species of plant described as a perennial evergreen shrub with woody stems and greenish-purplish leaves. Although the flavor may deceive you, it is actually a member of the mint family. When it blooms it has beautiful purple flowers, and the leaves are most flavorful after it flowers.
The flavor of sage is a sharp but warm flavor, and it works well in all sorts of savory dishes. It is one of the strongest herbs flavor wise, so make sure not to overuse it when you are cooking with it. As well as the seasoning aspect, sage is great to cook with because of its many health benefits. Sage helps with digestive problems such as loss of appetite, bloating, stomach pains, and heartburn. It can also help with diseases such as depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s.
Something you may have heard of regarding sage is sage bundles, and the burning of sage. Native Americans would use sage for healing, clearing space and ceremonies. They used a process called smudging, which is a spiritual house cleansing, where someone burns the sage and cleanses the room with the smoke. This is still practiced by many people.
We would be happy to show you our selection of sage plants down here at the store, as well as our teas that feature sage as a flavor. Hope to see you soon!
Designed to empower and encourage, the sentiments in each “Original Zen” card go beyond “thinking of you” and feature floral images, unique fonts and bold colors. Duirwaigh (pronounced “Doorway”) describes its mission as “creating art and words in service of inspired, soulful living.” Pick up one or five of these cards for someone you know who could use a little encouragement and inspiration today.
Our annual Flower Fairy Festival is just weeks away and the dates and times have been set for the Fairy Teas. Designed for ages 5 – 12, these teas feature tea, treats, and lots of fun.
There will be two teas, but only room for 12 attendees at each, so drop by or call 503-472-4923 soon to make reservations. Cost is $15 per person.
Seatings will be Friday, August 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
White Peony, traditionally known as Bai Mu Dan, is this week’s Tea of the Week. This delicate white tea is made from young tea leaves and the silvery unopened leaf buds. It is processed through gentle and slow withering to create a brilliant amber infusion with a honey-like consistency and mild flavor that pairs well with food. This tea is distinguished by being plucked in sets of one or two leaves and a bud.
White Peony tea originated in the Fujian providence in China. Originally grown in Zhenghe and Fuding counties, this style of tea is nowadays grown all around China, but the flavors are vary due to differences in varieties, climates, and soils makeups. The classic White Peony tea is made in April, when the bud and leaf sets are at their most flavorful. If you would like to try some White Peony for yourself, stop by the store and we will gladly brew you a pot. You can also purchase the tea leaves in bulk for $45 a pound.
For this week’s Plant of the Week, I selected Star Jasmine for its delicious scent and versatility. Scientifically known as Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Star Jasmine is actually not a true jasmine, although the flowers are almost identical. Star Jasmine is a vining plant which can be grown on pretty much anything you want to grow it on, hence its versatility.
With supports, Star Jasmine can reach up to 30 feet tall, but can stay at 2 inches for ground cover if that is what you would like. Since it is a twinning vine, you will need to train it and attach it at the start if you wish to grow it tall. Star Jasmine is a pretty hardy plant, as it can survive in temperatures down to 10°F (-12°C), and can adapt well to heat as well as cold.
Care for Star Jasmine is also quite easy. Unless you are training it to grow in a specific way, which you will need to pay attention to and guide, it can do fine with just a weekly water. Like most plants, Star Jasmine will need more frequent water in hotter months, perhaps twice a week instead of weekly, and less frequent watering in the colder months, closer to every two weeks. If you are trying to train it to grow a specific way, the best time to prune is right after flowering. And, just a warning, it does ooze out sap when it is cut. If you would like to check out the beautiful Star Jasmine for yourself, head on down to the store and we would be happy to show you where they are! Hope to see you soon.
Next time you visit the jewelry counter, you will find a rich variety of beautifully fused glass pieces by local Salem artist Robert Fox. Heart pendants in every swirly color, twisty pendants in the shape of a cocoon (or small sea shell, depending on your perspective), and unique teardrop earrings. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, handmade by the artist.
It’s summer, flowers are blooming in the McMinnville Community Garden and you’ll find them here at Incahoots, freshly cut and ready for your vases. This year, Leah has the fun of picking the flowers and has been bringing back a nice amount each week. But with the warmer weather, the plants are taking off and there will be a steady supply of fresh sunflowers, statice, love-lies-bleeding, zinnias, purple majesty millet and many others for weeks to come.
The photo is of a bed of celosia that has just reached the harvesting stage.