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|
Not only were hydrangeas covered in blooms, but those blooms were huge.
|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.|
Look at the size of these begonias compared to my hand!
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.
More Asian inspiration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, one of our first stops on Day 1.
I had also visited this garden once before--more on the differences between a Japanese garden and a Chinese garden can be found in an earlier post here.
Serenity could be found in smaller spaces as well--here a scene from the Fuller garden.
The Playful side of Portland:
Orange Buddha at JJ De Sousa's garden
Entrance gate to JJ's garden--hmm, I wonder if she has trouble with rabbits:)
Blogger Gerhard demonstrates the size of JJ's hostas.
I missed taking a photo of one of the best examples of playfulness--a scantily clad mannequin at Floramagoria. Check out other Flingers' posts or the Facebook page for this one.
Portland is also a Colorful city:
Garden shed at Chickadee Gardens.
Koi at Japanese Garden
Octopus? planter at JJ's--can you tell orange is her favorite color?
A colorful nook in the garden of artist Linda Ernst--
I love the way the art echoes the colors of the plants.
Masses of blooms, foliage, and art create a beautiful display at Floramagoria.
The Creative side of Portland:
Glass art in the garden of Joanne Fuller
really stand out in all the green foliage.
Sculpture at the entrance to Westwind
A screen of metal spirals in either the Ernst or Fuller gardens serves as both trellis and eye-catching art. I should explain these two gardeners were next door neighbors, and one garden led into the other, which is why I can't remember the exact location of couple of these photos.
Even the gravel path leading from the front to the back garden of Joanne Fuller held some interesting objets d'art.
Next door, the creations of glass artist Linda Ernst blended in with the colorful blooms of the garden.
If you look closely, you'll see these glass blocks were made with leaf impressions.
At Floramagoria unusual pieces of garden art strategically placed here and there catch the eye amidst the interesting plant combinations.