Chojuro Asian Pear


Plant Type:  Fruit Tree
Bloom Time:  Early
Fruit Ripens: Late August, Early September
Plant Height: Upright 16-18 feet
Exposure:  Full Sun
Soil: Medium Fertile
USDA:  Zone: 5-8

Attributes: Very productive, Golden fruit with butterscotch-like flavor when tree-ripened. Medium to large fruit. Fruit Keeps.

Other Info: Thin fruit to increase fruit size. Best pollinators: Other variety of Asian pear or Bartlett pear.

Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory

Ipomoea purpurea  (Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory)

Plant Type: Annual (twinning vine)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Sowing Method: Direct sow seeds in spring (first soak seed in warm water for 24 hrs, then nick the seed)
Bloom Time: Summer until frost – 12 weeks
Flower: Royal purple trumpet with deep pink “star”.
Plant Height: 13-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil: Average well drained soil
Attributes: Attracts Humming Birds, Hardy, Easy to Grow, Re-seeds freely, Covers fence or trellis in a profusion of lovely flowers.
USDA Zones: 3-10


California Giant Zinnia

             Zinnia elegans (California Giant Zinnia)  
California Giant Zinnia

California Giant Zinnia

Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Frost
Flowers: Large 4” – 5” Double Flowers
Plant Height: 30” – 48” tall
Vibrant Mixed Colors: Orange, Red, Yellow, White, Cherry, Pink, Scarlet, Purple
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Loamy – Well Drained
Attributes: Excellent Cut Flower, Easy to Grow, Long Lasting, Attracts Humming Birds & Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Very Showy especially in mass plantings, Terrific for Drying.
USDA Zone: All


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Submitted by: Carlotta Lucas

Heat Stressed Garden!

Where are my veggies?

Tomatoes, Peppers & Eggplant:

When temperatures rise above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (F) for an extended period of time, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant plants stop flowering and stop fruiting. If humidity is also high, this can cause pollen to become sticky, which stops its ability to disperse and pollinate.

Cherry tomatoes and Oregon State University bred parthenocarpic tomatoes, will both set fruit over a wider temperature range. OSU bred varieties include Gold Nugget, Oregon Spring, Oregon Star, Siletz and Legend.

Beans & Peas:

When temps are 95 degrees F, beans and peas will drop their flowers!  So if your green beans are lush but are dropping blossoms then they are heat stressed and/or water stressed.   If your plants are lush, but aren’t producing very many blossoms, then you’ve given them too much nitrogen.


Corn tassels are killed when temps rise to 100 degrees, so no pollination can happen at all!


For more information….

When buying seeds for next year’s garden, check on the plants heat tolerance.

Submitted by:Carlotta Lucas

August 2014 – Garden of the Month: 1133 Beswick

Tim and Kathy Simonsen established their garden in 2006.  The front of the house was uninteresting so they added a wide craftsman style 1133 Beswick Waycovered porch. This just invites you to sit down in the comfortable rockers and enjoy the view. Two hanging baskets of red geraniums adorn the porch and two large pots with sweet potato vine and some other greenery bracket the stairs.

Ken Cobb designed and installed the compact flowing garden.  First he removed junipers, ivy and St. John’s Wort. Then he designed a wide curving walkway out of tan colored stamped concrete with a few steps. This separates the upper garden from the lower area. Next the Simonsen’s wanted a large water feature; and after looking for just the right boulder Ken built the waterfall to the left of the stairs. The birds love to stop by for a drink and sit to enjoy the melodious sounds.The pond is kept full with a couple of “drippers” with the irrigation system.

The upper terrace has Pieris Japonica, Gold Mound Spirea, a Japanese Maple, Heavenly Bamboo, a Mugo pine, a Japanese Maple and Scotch Moss.

Below the path is Blue Star Creeper with a small swath of green lawn at the owners request. Mugo pines, Yellow Twig dogwood, Red Twig dogwood, a Strawberry Tree and three more Japanese maples with Phlox, Wooly Thyme and Kinnikinnick fill in the lower terrace. The mature garden is now a very natural and interesting place. The low maintenance garden does require pruning, weeding and shaping two or three times a year to keep it looking it’s best.

Tim and Kathy have a lovely hillside garden to enjoy and share with the many walkers who stop to admire and chat.

Submitted by: Karen O’Rourke