Portlandia Part 3: Plants and Flowers

Sorry for the delay, so much to get done this time of year. I’ll have a lot of interesting SF architecture next time, but this post wraps up the series from my spring visit to Portland. The land is so full of plants, covering everything, it is hard to relate with our amber hill and country sides.

The base of this tree right when I got off the train in town shows what I mean, just covered in moss

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And here more clearly, the trees  and vines went on and on

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This was an interesting moss or lichen in a very old tree

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And that tree was an apple tree! These probably still aren’t ready for eating, maybe in another month or two

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The maple trees out there were quite pretty

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And then I came across this spectacular variegated (partially lacking pigmentation) maple. I’ve never seen these anywhere, so it was a good surprise.

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The azaleas up there were more bountifully flowering than any I’ve seen before, so fecund

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This purple passion flower was a surprise, I didn’t think the vine could grow this far north

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This purple columbine was just outstanding with its veins

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Not sure what this one is called

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The dogwoods were in bloom; lovely, no?

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This bee was all drunk and just sitting there for me to photograph

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Thimbleberries are like raspberries later in the year, these young ones were enticing

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Clover

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I think this was a geranium, I don’t think my screen processes the shade of blue right, does it look neon to you?

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The rose garden was outstanding, so many varieties they test here, I think the miniature ones are my favorites

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Some are more like vines

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They were just starting their bloom

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And many didn’t have an open flower yet

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These thorns are a bit scary, no?

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Rose + Fern

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A few sunset roses were opening

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More mini’s

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More sunset

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So dainty

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The veins on the petals, on my

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Sunset open and fading

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Yellow dripping in dew

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At the end of the day, we saw some very cute ducks hanging out around the garden

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Portland is a beautiful place, I highly recommend a visit!

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