Tag: Portland

A Grand Finale for the Portland Fling

So this is the last post I’m going to do about the Garden Bloggers’ Fling held in Portland last summer. Fittingly, it is about the garden that hosted the event’s closing reception. This was held at Bella Madrona, a five acre garden on the outskirts of Portland. The garden has been lovingly created over more …

Orange Makes a Lasting Impression

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I like orange flowers. Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia), orange roses (‘Westerland’, for example), orange Zinnias, orange Asiatic Lilies, etc. One of the gardens we visited as part of the Portland Garden Bloggers’ Fling last July was that of JJ …

Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors, Part 2

Change of plans: this post will not be about Brent and Becky’s Bulbs catalog, but I will get to them in the near future. Instead I want to write about the garden of Linda Ernst, who has developed an inspiring garden that is linked, front and back, with that of her close friend and neighbor …

Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors

On the last day of the Garden Bloggers Fling we visited adjoining gardens planted by two close friends and neighbors, Joni Ernst and Linda Fuller. This was back in July, you may recall, in Portland OR. I like my own neighbors, but it would be a special kind of heaven to have the next lot …

A City Garden for People and Critters

So another garden that we visited during the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling was that of Tamara, who writes the blog Chickadee Gardens. I liked that this wildlife-friendly garden is on a 50’x100′ city lot. The front has a pleasing mix of small trees, perennials, annuals, and grasses. In the parkway the mix of plants looks …

Floramagoria Part II

Floramagoria, a private Portland garden I discussed in the last post, has a lot of stuff that can make you smile, even giggle. But this garden is not all giggles, no. It is a seriously gorgeous garden. The front garden is quite attractive, in a restrained sort of way. It gives you no clue of …

Quirkiness Supreme at Floramagoria

Floramagoria is a remarkable private garden we got to see during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland back in July. The garden was striking for its design and combination of beautifully grown plants. But it also contains a highly concentrated and entertaining dose of whimsy. There is so much in this garden that I’m doing …

Little House on the Portland Prairie

We saw a lot of wonderful gardens during the 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Portland this past July. If I had to pick one favorite, however, it would be Rhone Street Gardens. This is a garden where it seems every square inch is bursting with exuberant plant life. The resident gardener at Rhone Street Gardens …

Portland’s Lan Su Garden

The first garden we visited as part of the 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Fling was Lan Su, located in Portland’s Chinatown. According to its website, Lan Su is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. It was created in the style of a Ming Dynasty “Scholar’s Garden” by craftsmen from Portland’s Chinese sister city of …

A Few More Pictures From the Portland Fling

Rhone Street Gardens     The adjoining gardens of Joanne Fuller and Linda Ernst   Floramagoria   Just today, Judy took 750 photographs. ┬áHeading home to Chicago early tomorrow morning. More to come.