My own mini-vacation to Oregon and the Portland Fling in July is still vivid in my mind, but the details are getting fuzzy. Even though I semi-organized photos when I returned home, I look at some photos and can't remember, was this in the Ernst Garden or the Fuller garden? Joy Creek Nursery or Cistus? Before my memory gets any hazier, I want to share some of the highlights of this memorable trip and my apologies to our hosts for any mis-labeled captions.
Like any big city, Portland has many sides to its character, and the gardens we visited during the Fling represented the different faces it presents.
It is a Vibrant city:
|Hydrangeas at either the Fuller or Ernst garden|
What I will remember most about the gardens in Portland are the lush plants and huge blooms. One of the local bloggers told me they have a saying that if a plant usually grows to 3 feet tall, it will grow to 6 feet in Portland. After seeing so many gardens in Portland, I believe it!
|Hydrangea at Cistus Nursery|
|Bloom at Joy Creek Nursery--I wish I could get my hydrangeas to turn blue instead of pink.|
|Crocosmia at Cistus Nursery|
|Begonias in a container planting at the Fuller garden.|
Portland also has its Serene and Tranquil side:
We visited one of my favorite places in the whole city on Day 2 of the Fling--the Portland Japanese Garden.
Despite the heat, shady areas, shimmering pools and waterfalls, and mossy stones helped to make us feel cool.
I've visited this garden on previous visits to Portland--you can learn more about it here, if you wish.