How do you say that?!

Botanical names can be hard to pronounce, often a person has no clue how begin saying a plant’s name. Now, there’s help on Fine Gardening’s website using their ‘Pronunciation Guide’.  

http://www.finegardening.com/pronunciation-guide/a

 

Zantedeschia_albomaculata

Zantedeschia albomacula

How do you say that?

Garden of the Month: May 2016

Garden of the Month:  386 Laurel StreetIMG_0465

Joyce Van Anne and George Kramer have a charming house and garden at 386 North Laurel Street. The 1911 bungalow, purchased in 1982 by the couple, is surrounded by lush gardens and fascinating artifacts. Over the years, they have had professional design help from Ted Loftus Landscaping, Robert Selman of Pyramid Landscaping, Laurie Thorton of Laurie Sager & Associates Landscaping, and Travis Stumpff of Sage Hill Landscape, but they do all the routine maintenance themselves, and Kramer has built all the wood structures on the property, including the arbors, fences and deck. The garden is Van Anne’s labor of love.

IMG_0463They have a “Little Free Library” (one of three in Ashland) in front. An arbor, featuring bookmatched fretwork like the low fencing, supports banksia roses and clematis. Boxwood tops the river rock edging that lines the sidewalk. Surrounding the small lawn are pieris, roses, rhododendrons, cranesbill geranium, and many other plants. A small weeping cherry was recently added to complement the mature Chinese elms trees in front.IMG_0474

In addition to a colorful array of pots filled with healthy and pretty plants, the back features a small stream with recirculating water as well as a large and comfortable deck. Large mulberry and maple trees plus a mid-size dogwood shade the area. Japanese anemone, wisteria, and lilacs, as well as other plants abound.

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A photinia hedge lines the alley and provides privacy. The side yard features, among many other things, a gorgeous orange trumpet honeysuckle and a gnome mugo pine planted to provide views from the house windows.

 

Many odd and wonderful artifacts are placed IMG_0493throughout the landscape, including a large sign that spells PEONY, made from letters Kramer salvaged from the J.C. PENNEY CO. building in downtown Medford that now houses the Southern Oregon Historical Society. At its’ base is a rusty sculpture that was once a 55 gallon drum, but was river-tumbled to a unique shape.

This is one of the most interesting and delightful gardens in Ashland.

Ashland Firewise Clean-Up Day

Ashland Firewise Clean-Up Day
The Wildfire Mitigation Commission, Recology Ashland and Ashland Fire & Rescue are proud to announce the fifth annual Firewise Clean-Up Day! 

“Protect Your Home, Protect Your Community”

Create a Firewise yard before fire season starts by removing the “fuel“ from a potential wildfire. Ashland residents are invited to drop-off their yard debris free of charge!

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM
Where: Valley View Transfer Station 3000 N. Valley View Rd.
Who: Sponsored by Ashland Fire & Rescue, the Ashland Wildfire Mitigation Commission, Recology Ashland, and the National Fire Protection Association
Why: To prevent the spread of wildfire within the City of Ashland
How: Remove leaves, pine needles, small branches, brush & other yard debris and drop off free of charge

Bring with you:

  • ID that shows your name and Ashland address (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)
  • Green debris that meets guidelines