Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A Visit to the City of Roses
I've just returned from spending the past week with Youngest Daughter in Portland, Oregon. A visit to the "City of Roses" would not be complete without stopping by the beautiful International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Situated on five acres overlooking the city with Mount Hood in the background, the garden has more than 550 varieties of roses.
I soon discovered the tree at the Chinese Garden was not an anomaly because throughout the city as well as at the Rose Garden, rhododenrons and azaleas often grew to tree-size.
Visiting the sites in Portland, including its many beautiful gardens, was definitely a treat, but the best part of my trip was, of course, spending time with these two sweeties. Mother's Day was a special treat this year since I hadn't seen my daughter or Coconut since August; a day at the beach was enjoyable with the two of them, even if it was too cold to stick a toe in the Pacific. I can't wait until they can come home for a long visit in July!