Feast of Will: FLOWERS!

Once again member’s of the Ashland Garden Club created beautiful table arrangements using flowers from their personal gardens for the Feast of Will.  Feast of Will is a Lion’s Club’s sponsored event which celebrates the seasonal opening of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Theater.

Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay!

According to a study in Japan, mosquitoes are attracted to people with blood type “0” mosquitoe2more than any other blood types. They also discovered mosquitoes identify blood types though skin secretions before they pierce the skin. No matter what blood type you are, mosquitoes are a nuisance to everyone this time of year.  Below are a few suggestions which may help you keep mosquitoes at bay.

Eliminate standing water throughout your property! Look for standing water in strange places like a hole in a tree, clogged gutters, empty pots & saucers, wheelbarrows,  gardening buckets,  tarps covering lawn furniture & mowers,  plastic bags,  old tires, discarded bottle tops,  low places in your yard where water can pool.

Feverfew

Feverfew

Plant Repellents: These plants reportedly repel mosquitoes: Citronella, Lavender, Feverfew, Catnip, Rosemary, and Pennyroyal Mint. So, plant them in containers on your deck & patio and throughout your flowerbeds.

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

Essential Oils: Apply a combo of these essential oils to your skin: Lavender, Tree Tea oil, Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Clove, Peppermint, Rose Geranium, and Pennyroyal Mint.

Tip: Try tossing some Rosemary stems, or Lavender on your grill while barbecuing, it not only flavors your food, but it could keep away mosquitoes, too.

Mosquito Dunks: Dunks are bacterial insecticide, which kills mosquitoes, but is not harmful to birds, or other wildlife. Put them in pot saucers, fountains, and birdbaths to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in them.

Predators: Conserve healthy habitats for natural predators like bats, dragonflies, spiders and fish. Place a Bat house in your yard and…leave those spiders alone!  Mosquitoes are Arachnids’ favorite food; they eat hundreds every night like Bats.

Birdbaths: To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your birdbath, change the water regularly, and/or buy an agitator to keep the water moving. You can put Mosquito Dunks in birdbaths, too; it is not harmful to birds

Make a Trap: Fill a small container with water, add soda pop or fruit juice, then some drops of liquid soap. This will trap fruit flies, too

Use Fans: Mosquitoes are weak flyers! Place a fan in your outside sitting area to blow mosquitoes away.

Cover up! Wearing lightweight long sleeves, pants, and shoes makes it harder for mosquitoes to bite you.  Also choose light colored clothes, like whites, pastels, and tans, because mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.

Good Luck! ~Carlotta Lucas

Horticulture Report: Ginkgo biloba ‘Marieken’

Plant Name: Ginkgo biloba -‘Marieken’ginkgo-biloba-mariken.jpg
Common Name: Maidenhair Tree – Dwarf
Plant type: Deciduous Conifer
Height: 2-3 feet
Spread:   2-6 feet
Foliage: Green
Golden Yellow in the Fall)
Bloom: April
Flowers:  Insignificant
Exposure:  Full Sun -Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Prefers average well-drained soil but tolerates clay
Water Needs: Medium, even moisture needed
Attributes:   Scalloped Leaves, Fall Color, Dwarf Tree,
Low-Spreading, Male Tree(fruitless), Cascading
Note: Tolerates Deer, Clay Soil, Air Pollution, Saline Conditions & Heat
Uses: Container Plant, Patio Plant, Small garden areas, Bonsai, Rock Garden
Native to: Cultivar originated as witch’s broom found in 1995 by Piet Vergeldt in Kronenburger Park, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3a-10b

Available at Portland Nursery, Portland Oregon

Oregon Natives

Plant Name: Philadelphus lewisii20170607_152255
Common Name:  Lewis’ mock-orange
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Height: 6- 10 feet
Spread:   3-4 feet
Bloom Time:  Late Spring & Early Summer
Flower Color: White
Exposure:  Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Requirements: Will grow in poor soils
Water Needs: Medium, but Drought tolerate
Attributes:   Highly Fragrant Flowers!
Scent similar to orange blossoms
Rarity: Wide spread native, but not common.
Uses: Native plantings, Xeriscaping, Fragrant Garden
Native to: Western N. America – British Colombia , Washington, Oregon, California, East to Montana
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Photo by: Carlotta Lucas
Date: June 7, 2017
Location: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Horticulture Report: Native Iris

Siskiyou Iris

Rarity: Uncommon

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Siskiyou Iris

Flowering Time: Late Spring
Flower Color: Large, pale-cream to deep golden-yellow flowers, with prominent reddish-brown or purple lines. .
Life Cycle: Perennial
Height: 12 inches
Found In: Klamath – Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon & NW California
Native: Yes
Habitat: Found among pine needles in shaded areas in dry pine forest, or in meadows in the shade of large shrubs, or bracken ferns.

Photo by: Carlotta Lucas
Taken: June 7, 2017
Location: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument