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The Nutcracker

Nutcracker-poster-2018We 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.

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Holiday Home Tour!

TourThe 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.

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Fall Teas

Fall TeasWhile 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.

Pumpkin Spice
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.

Apple Cider
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.

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The Ribbon Plant

Homalocladium

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.

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Waiting until January to buy a new calendar is SO last year!

 

Calendars

Calendars are not only a great way to remember what day it is, but also a clever way to cover unsightly holes in your wall! Whatever your needs, our racks are overflowing with a fantastic assortment of date-filled schedule keepers. If you like that satisfying “rip!” of revealing the new page of a daily desk calendar or prefer the long-term joy of plotting the entire year one month at a time, you will find what you need here at Incahoots. The sixteen month options start with September – so hurry in for maximum enjoyment (and best selection).

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An Update

Tiles

Since we were nearing the completion of our makeover project, we took advantage of the Labor Day weekend to tile the restroom floor here at Incahoots (that’s right, business owners really know how to celebrate a holiday!) And on Sundaywhile waiting for the mortar to dry, we took a trip over to Sarracenia Northwest in Eagle Creek to see their extensive collection of carnivorous plants. You may be interested to know that as of a couple weeks ago, we have had a selection of carnivorous plants available and we figured we should spend a little time learning more about them.

Rain will be writing an in depth article about these fascinating plants and I’ll share that with you when it’s finished, but for now, I’ll leave you with a bit of plant poetry by Andrea.

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New card line is both local and LOVE-ly

 

Mosaic

Printed in Redmond, Oregon by Collage Greetings, MOSAIC features independent artists from around the world. The distinctive look of each card feels personal with messages that are easy to express to your favorite people. You will find several options in both the Birthday and Love sections of the card area. Check them out next time you are in and pick up a half-dozen or so.

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New Air Plants!

Spanish Moss
With the warm summer we’ve been having, these Spanish moss plants are feeling right at home.

You’ll love these new arrivals in the Air Plant category.

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an epiphyte (a rootless plant which hangs from the branches of a tree but gets no food or water from the host tree). The stem surfaces are covered with scales which absorb water and nutrients from the air and rain. For most of us, it doesn’t rain inside our homes, so when you grow them indoors, just mist them with water.

As I was doing a little research about these plants I discovered that Spanish moss was once commercially harvested for use as a stuffing (about 20 million pounds were used in 1937 for stuffing car seats, mattresses and furniture) and as packing material. It was also used for floor mats, insulation and mulch. These days its uses are much more restricted and it’s generally only used in arts and crafts, and floral arrangements. We tend to use our local types of moss with European basket arrangements, but the grayish color of Spanish Moss sometimes is just the thing.

Strangely enough, in all my research I found no mention of the most popular use for this plant: holding it to your chin and pretending you’re an old man.

P.S. A fresh batch of vegetable starts have just arrived (most are organic). You may be happily harvesting plenty of produce, but adding Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, and Lettuce to your garden now will keep your harvest going when other plants are done.