We recently returned from a trip to Oregon. The first part was spent in Cannon Beach where we had fun taking walks along the beach, flying kites, building sand castles, shopping in the cute little beach towns and eating!
Then we spent some time in one of my favorite cities, Portland. Here is just glimpse into the International Rose Test Garden. It was so beautiful, if I lived nearby I'd be there all the time. We all had fun showing each other our favorites, finding unusually colored roses and seeing what roses that we also had growing in our garden. The Littlest Gardener has already asked when we could go back.
We also visited the Pittock Mansion while in Portland. I'd never heard of it before, but we saw a picture of it in our hotel and decided we had to visit. It was just amazing there, and I recommend going to visit both the mansion and the gardens.
Just one tiny part of the garden with a view of downtown Portland in the background. It was very overcast the day we were there so the mountain views weren't visible.
After we got home (and after many loads of laundry) I went out to work in the garden. It had grown like crazy in the week we were gone. I found a new butterfly that I haven't seen in our garden before. I'm not sure what type it is though.
The Bee Balm 'Jacob Cline' had come into bloom and the hummingbirds were already at it.
Of course while on our trip I had to find a few things for the garden. I walk right past the clothing stores, it's the garden stuff I look for even at the beach!
I found this birdhouse at a cool store in Portland called NobaL Home. These birdhouses are made in Haiti. Apparently after the earthquake artists went there and showed the local people how to use metal scraps from cars and other things destroyed and how to create art from it. This created jobs for people such as metal workers and welders and a way to earn money.
I spent 3 hours cleaning up the front yard, deadheading, weeding and cutting plants back. Lots of flowers are getting close to blooming soon.
An update on our new raised beds. They aren't doing quite as well as we had hoped. I mentioned awhile ago that we found out after the soil was in, that they had delivered the wrong type of soil and even with amending it, the plants are struggling. Next spring we will have a lot of work to do to fix the problems the "dirt" caused. It was pretty much fill dirt that we were given.
The other raised bed is doing a little better, but still not as good as it should be.
A baby artichoke!
Success!!!! Here it is the middle of July and we already have an eggplant. I've only gotten flowers before. (I'm growing these in big black, plastic containers)
Last year I redid this bed and divided up an Astillbe that had been struggling in the backyard. I can't believe how big and healthy they look, in fact I think they are the happiest Astillbes I've ever grown, probably because they are growing in perfect conditions for them: moist soil and part sun.
I hope everyone is having a good summer so far, I am trying to get around to visit and see how things are in your gardens now. I'd love to know if you are eating anything yet from your garden?All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.