If you stopped in recently, you may have come upon a pallet of boxes being eagerly opened by staff at the front counter, amid exclamations of “OOOH, Look at THIS one!” After recycling piles of packing materials, the end result is a delightful array of new mugs unwrapped and stocked throughout the tea bar for your shopping and gift-giving pleasure. Some are specifically designed with a slot to hold a tea bag, others individually shaped and glazed for the art and pottery lover, and still more with whimsical words to start your day with a smile. Fill them with a sample of your favorite bulk tea, a bundle of truffles, or ask one of our florists to use one in a custom bouquet.
Spring is not only in the air these days, it’s also on the calendar. We have once again passed into the realm of shorter nights and longer days and I guess the weather also got the memo.
Buds are bursting open and traditional favorite spring bloomers are already in flower or just about to be. Forsythia, Hellebore, Pieris, and Bleeding Hearts are showing color and Janet brought in a few Flowering Quince varieties that should be in bloom in just a few more minutes.
The nice weather also brings questions about our annual Plants by the Flat Sale. The details are just getting finished up and I’ll send along that information in about a week. Until then…
Peace and Happy Spring,
Sometimes we order things in the shop without paying very close attention to the dimensional details. This leads to some wacky surprises as we unwrap mysterious packages. This week’s happy accident is a rather larger than expected metal arrow. Our witty employees have come up with several ways this could be displayed (or wielded). You may decide if it is something you could use, perhaps to give Cupid some help, guide teenagers to the laundry room, or encourage a new graduate to follow his or her dreams.
You may not have heard of it on this side of the country, but February 28th is FLORAL DESIGN DAY (at least it is in Massachusetts). In 1995, Governor William F. Weld proclaimed in part…
WHEREAS Flowers and their design have been appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world since prehistoric times and…
WHEREAS Floral design is a unique art form, utilizing natural media and applying such variables as line, balance, color, foam density, aprons with or without embroidered logos, structure, symbolism, and Merlin Olsen and…
WHEREAS Through floral design, individuals are able to express many emotions including love, sympathy, friendship and hope, and…
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera until most everyone in the crowd had nodded off.
So just how does one take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance? Here are a few of my suggestions:
Visit some flower shops. Compare and contrast the styles of floral designs and the materials used. How are they similar? How are they different? Write a 900 word essay, double spaced, on the difference between designs in independently owned flower shops and those seen in Hallmark movies.
Check out any flower shop web site other than Incahoots.biz. Add hundreds of dollars of items to the shopping cart and then abandon it
Go to your local museum. Look for paintings containing flowers and floral art. Make remarks to anyone present about how your 4 year old preschooler could do better.
Send flowers to someone you love. Send flowers to someone you may not be close to. Give some flowers to your boss. Give some flowers to the boss of someone you may not be close to. Or not.
Take your local florist to lunch. Make sure you bring back a doggie bag with enough for everyone in the shop.
Buy some books with pictures of Floral Art. Color in them.
Try your hand at making a few floral designs yourself. Find an old Pepsi cooler. Secure a 5-year triple net lease and open your own shop.
Grab the ad in ShopLocal Magazine and come get a Free Flower Bouquet at Incahoots.
Well, at least one of those may be a good idea.
Need a gift for a precious wee one, a promotion to big brother or a grandma-to-be? Wander through our shop and you will find a corner in the back dedicated to just this. Whether a special blankie or the perfect stuffed animal is called for, the only difficulty will be in choosing which one.
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.
The 30th Annual Wine Country Holiday Home Tour is coming up this Sunday and you can spend an enjoyable afternoon touring five McMinnville homes all decorated for the holidays. There are also festivities at Michelbook Country Club including music, holiday treats, and an auction.
Along with other local businesses, Incahoots was invited to help with the decorations this year and Janet has been hard at work creating designs. I’d tell you which house it is, but that would spoil the fun.
All proceeds from the tour support Soroptomist programs for women and girls, including cash awards for education and other expenses to help each woman move forward toward her goals.
More information is available by clicking here.
While the weather may say otherwise, the calendar says Summer is over and it’s time for Fall Teas. You’ll now find two yummy fall favorites from the Republic of Tea here at Incahoots.
Rich and full-bodied, this premium black tea is flavorful with zesty spice notes enveloping a sweet pumpkin core. Reminiscent of freshly baked pumpkin muffins.
Sweet African rooibos is the ideal base for smooth caramel and crisp apple flavors. This pleasing caffeine-free blend is wonderful as a dessert tea. Enjoy with a splash of warm milk.
No matter how long you’ve been around plants, there’s always something new to discover. Here’s another unusual plant that arrived this week:
The Ribbon Plant – also known as Ribbon Bush, Centipede Plant or even (as likely named by some kid in high school biology class) Tapeworm Plant.
Related to rhubarb and buckwheat, it’s placed in the shrub category and is also listed as a succulent. Around here, it will grow 3 to 4 feet tall, but in warmer climates can reach 10 feet.
This particular plant came in with the Homalocladium Platycladum name attached, but you’ll also find it listed under a variety of other names which are pretty much unpronounceable as well. Muehlenbeckia platyclados appears to be the most promisingly accurate of the lot.
It’s an easy care plant – grow it in sun to part shade with rich soil with good drainage. It can handle a light frost, but it’s not hardy here, so you might want to grow it in a container that can be brought in over the winter.
Grow this for the unusual form. What you see in the picture are stems. The plant does make small leaves, but they only appear occasionally on the new growth. The segmented stems and are flat, smooth and durable. They branch out and weave their way up eerily, forming a tall, bushy mass of ribbons. And when grown in bright light, it will produce tiny white flowers and attractive, but just as tiny, red fruit.