Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments[caption id="attachment_3447" align="alignright" width="265"] Lavender Fields Forever Farm in the Applegate Valley[/caption] Instead of tending the inn's garden today, my friend Peggy enticed me out to play tourist in the and check out the lavender farms in the Applegate Valley area. Peggy has been anxious to pick lavender and replenish her dried flower arrangements. I have been wanting to familiarize myself with the farms and view the gardens. The Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festival allowed us to indulge in our desires. Lavender farming is a relatively new thing in the area. Four farms are up and running; and there are 2 additional farms starting up in 2014. The two farms that most favorably impressed us were: Lavender Fields Forever and Applegate Valley Lavender Farm. Thankfully they are the ones closest to Jacksonville! I like the idea of giving people something else to do while wine tasting -- inserting a lavender farm or two between the tasting stops.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: July 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments
Kenneth Frantz, presents his book Berkeley-Paris Express, Mon July 15 at Ashland Community Center, 7:30pm
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 23rd, 2013 | 0 Comments
Radio Golf, by August WilsonTo support Penumbra Theatre Company, OSF is producing a play reading of "Radio Golf". The reading is directed by Penumbra's artistic director Lou Bellamy. Bellamy recently joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2013 season, and directed August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Penumbra was founded by Lou Bellamy in 1976, it is one of the nation's largest and most significant African-American theater companies. June 24, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Bowmer
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 20th, 2013 | 0 CommentsTHIS WEEKEND ONLY: Crater Lake's East Rim Drive Opens for Non-Motorized Recreation June 22 and 23, 2013 East Rim Drive circling Crater Lake will be open to non-motorized traffic only. Early snow melt allows the park to offer this rare opportunity to enjoy Crater Lake at a slower and quieter pace for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 19th, 2013 | 0 Comments[caption id="attachment_3419" align="alignright" width="236"] On Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Onion[/caption]
Hiking Grizzly PeakOne of my all time favorite hikes is up on Grizzly Peak. Northeast of Ashland, Grizzly Peak is the tallest peak viewable from the Chanticleer Inn. This hike affords great sweeping views: From the car park view Mt. McLoughlin and on a clear day the peaks surrounding Crater Lake. Then from the trail, the entire Rogue and Bear Creek Valleys. Further west and south on the trail you can see Mt. Ashland, Emigrant Lake, Pilot Rock and Mt. Shasta. The trail is about fairly easy, 5 miles round trip, some elevation gain but not at all difficult. Directions to the trail head.
The Flowers of Grizzly Peak are best part!From spring to late summer, the flowers are too many to count and each kind is wonderful. Trail runs through forest, meadows and rocky outcrops: each area is packed with a variety of flowers. The blooms rotate through the entire season. One can hike Grizzly Peak every two weeks and see different bouquets.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: June 11th, 2013 | 0 CommentsMany of you might know that last year I was working on a video project for the Ashland's Bed and Breakfast Network. In June 2012, we obtained a grant from the City of Ashland to produce a travel video. We are very pleased with the work JOMA films did for us! Hope you enjoy.
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 28th, 2013 | 1 Comments[caption id="attachment_3368" align="alignright" width="265"] An orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) vine found on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail[/caption]
A Day Trip on the Jacksonville Woodlands TrailYesterday, friends and I spent an afternoon in Jacksonville. This is my first time exploring the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system -- loved it! Jacksonville, a darling historic town, is less than 30 minutes from Ashland. Each time I visit it seems to get better. The shops are fun to poke around in, but in deference to my [male] friend, instead of antique, toy, and cooking shops, we went for a quick hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system. The trails switch back and forth above the Britt Festival. Any number of trail heads are easily accessed near downtown. The hillside is full of native Madrones, Oaks, and lots of little native wildflowers. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers. The trail is well shaded and would be a great respite from the summer heat. [caption id="attachment_3369" align="alignright" width="237"] Triteleia ixioide in the Lily family, its common names are Golden Brodiaea and Pretty Face.[/caption] Increasingly there are wine tasting rooms cropping up in downtown proper ... recommended by many is Quady North on California St. One of my favorite eateries is C St. Bistro (closed Sundays).
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 21st, 2013 | 0 Comments
Shade Garden sans Deer![caption id="attachment_3360" align="alignright" width="290"] Shade Garden with hostas and ferns behind the Jardin room[/caption] This is the third growing season without constant deer predation, finally the shade garden plants are bravely leafing out! In the past the poor hosta never had two leaves at a time, the deer nibbled the leaves off as fast as the hosta would produce them. I always had a vision of what this section of the garden would look like and now it's beginning to come to fruition (or is that leaftion?)
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 12th, 2013 | 0 Comments
Ashland's Chautauqua Square on the corner of Main and Pioneer was abuzz with a different and refreshing look this afternoon.A gang of tuxedo'ed young men were rambunctiously and cheerfully hanging out late this afternoon in Chautauqua Square -- displacing the usual scruffy panhandling denizens. [caption id="attachment_3347" align="alignright" width="300"] Groomsmen hanging out on the Chautauqua Square[/caption] While walking by, I complimented them on their "upgraded" look. One apparently felt obligated to panhandle and asked if he could bum a cigarette. They all happily lined up for me to take their photo!
Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: May 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments