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.

Garden of the Month: June 2017

946 B Street

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Lisa and Marc Blackburn purchased the charming house at 946 B Street almost three years ago.  Two years ago, they started re-landscaping with help from Jane Hardgrove and Juan Meraz of Bearclaw Landscape Services.  Now their garden is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for June 2017.

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Lisa Blackburn’s instructions to designer Hardgrove were that she wanted a whimsical, fairy-tale garden that did not feature the usual deer-resistant plants such as rosemary, heather, and lavender.  The result is a charming, inviting space with lots of texture and color.  A water feature provides pleasant sound.  Marc does almost all the maintenance, averaging ten hours a week in the garden and has started getting creative on his own, adding or replacing plants as necessary.  He uses a deer-repellant on some plants.

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This is a relatively small space shaded in front by ash trees and on the side by a giant cedar.  Hardgrove added Japanese maples for color and texture.  Among the many plants are hellebore, Japanese anemone, brunnera, choisya, bleeding heart, digiplexis, columbine, hostas, peonies, pieris, black-eyed Susan, salvia, Japanese fuchsia, and goldmound spirea.   Golden creeping jenny and stands of ornamental grass (called orange sedge but bronze in color) fill in and provide balance.  Private spaces on the side and in back feature azaleas as well as daphne for fragrance, among many other choices.

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Stroll by 946 B Street for a treat for sight, sound, and aroma. If you come in the morning, you may find Marc at work in the garden.

Article by: Ruth Sloan

Horticulture Report: Centranthus ruber

Plant Name: Centranthus ruberCentranthus_ruber Jupiter's Beard
Common Name: Jupiter’s Beard ( aka: Red Valerian)
Plant type: Perennial
Height: 1 ft – 3 ft
Spread:   1 ft – 2 ft
Bloom Time: May
Flower  Color:  ‘Ruber’ – Pale to Deep Rosy Red,  ‘Albus’- White
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Well Drained Soil- Prefers Alkaline Soil
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Butterflies & other insects,
Showy Flowers, Good Cut Flower, Fragrant leaves.
Note: Easy to grow, Self-seeds freely,  Reported as “suspected” on the Oregon invasive plant list!
Uses:  Containers, Rock Garden, Mixed Flower Bed
Native to: Europe, Northern Africa, Asia Minor
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Horticulture Report: Cobaea scandens

Plant Name: Cobaea sandenscobaea-scandens
Common Name:  Cup & Saucer Vine
Family:
Polemoniaceae
Plant type:  Sub-tropical Vine  (annual below zone 9)
Height:   10-25 feet
Bloom Time:
Seasonal (In a greenhouse it flowers year round)
Flower Color: Violet or White
Exposure:  
Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, good drainage
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:
Showy Bell Flowers, Fragrant, Attracts Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Note:
Mexico native, flowers last 4 days, Circa 1828 ~ RHS Award of Garden Merit
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost.
Uses:
Garden wall, Fence and Trellis plant, Container plant with adequate support,
USDA Zone:
9-11

Check your local nurseries and garden center for seeds and/or plants.

Available online at:

Annie’s Annuals http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=269

Select Seeds Seeds & Plants : http://www.selectseeds.com/heirloom-ines/cup_and_saucer_vine_plants.aspx

Seeds: J.L. Hudson, Seedsman http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/SeedlistCN-CZ.htm