Random Spring Pictures – Portland, Oregon

I’m going to just plain indulge myself here. I have become quite the camera bug any more and this Spring is particularly loaded locally. I’m going to post pictures with or without comment, simply because I feel like doing it. All the following pictures are from my own particular locality – an otherwise average Portland neighborhood with some serious urban touches within blocks of where I live. These pictures are from my local rambles, a few of which will obviously be mini time capsules as they developed. Pretty much everything taken here is within 3 blocks of my place.

First, for the lovely Ms. Pomona Belvedere, I give you not only pictures of Pieris Japonica, but a picture of what happens when someone nurses an Oregon Grape like it’s a primary object of plant love or something:

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And here is the aforementioned Pieris:

First, a big standard variety:

Then on to the  “Forest Flame”:

A better look, perhaps, later and sunnier:

But there is no end to the eye candy. This is one of my primary enjoyments, living in the Pacific North West – the fact that the Springs are awesome. The variety and color – and the smells, yum – make it something else altogether. Here are examples of local trees, destined for fame:

Comical Interlude, Semi – Natural Style 😉

When things go bad in the Cherry Tree prunage dimension: (Or – Why not plant something else?)

Graft?  We don’t need no stinkin’ GRAFT!!!

OK, back to the serious stuff again – we don’t need a real life rhubarb 🙂

The Smaller Stuff – Spring Perennials:

Here’s a delightful mess of bulbs and perennials we’ll be watching develop.

This may seem striking in its lack of pizazz but it is a Trillium – not easily transplanted at all. Although a native to the North West, Trillium just aren’t seen around finished landscapes much. Like many natives, they thrive where they are – usually shady forest environments – but they really resist transplanting for some reason. Same with many local plants, such a ferns, for example.

When I got busted  😉 taking pictures of her lawn, this lady, a postal employee with her own route, said “Well, when I moved in, they just grew there. The people who had the house before me said there was lots of them – all volunteers – and they had a devil of a time trying to keep them out.” Thank Goodness they missed a few. This is a fave woodland plant of mine and a dead surprise, seeing it in my ‘hood.

Incidentally, never having been a cub reporter, “getting busted” taking pictures of yards one admires has meant making new friends. I feel like such a publican. Or is that pelican?

Here is some Soloman’s Seal with a nice copper Coral Bells behind it in a very cute small landscape in front of a local office building. Last year, I planted the giant version of Soloman’s Seal, which gets to about 4-5 feet high – just outsized and outrageously profuse as well. This one here is a whippersnapper but is putting up a nice front.

Local Rhodies: (also just getting under way)

The Dogwoods (just now barely opening up):

This is one of those Portland Specialties. As home to an amazing number of nursery suppliers and growers, Portland also has a fairly astounding number of bizarre plants and species – cultivars and hybrids nursed along by nurseries or even discovered here. From Weeping Spruces to Weeping Sequoia to variegated dogwood, Portland plays around with them all. I have always been a huge fan of variegation – whitish accents on standard leaves – and this Dogwood here may just take the cake.  As a variegated pant, this gets my vote as most “ghostlike” in the entire history of Planthood:

We go from this:

To this:

Here’s the latest report from the Cherry sported out front of the local library. The blooms are so profuse, they have literally broken a couple branches:

Random closing pretty picture: (Super Huge Kwanzan Alert)

Care for some Pollen?

3 thoughts on “Random Spring Pictures – Portland, Oregon

  1. When I came over here, I never expected part of the blog to be tailored to my special needs. What a treat – that mahonia is truly magnificent (I can’t help wondering how much sun it gets), and I’m beginning to see the light about Pieris japonica.

    I love how much variety there is in our own neighborhoods, there’s so much to see if we just look. Glad to have had a little tour around yours.

  2. LOL, perfect! I wanted to surprise you, I confess. It’s the anarchist in me, I reckon. Yeah, that Oregon Grape is in very,m very deep shade. It is also very obviously planted in the richest soil and probably fertilized one or two times a year, unless I miss my guess. You can actually over feed and generally over cultivate them, the truth is. They actually like a bit of good old fashioned stress – makes them look neater.

    The Pieris are remarkable, in my opinion. They look fabulous all Winter long, being evergreen like that, but they also bloom early and have that gorgeous growth in the newer leaves. Summers, they are just sort of blah, lol. But who cares? Everything else is kicking butt then. That was fun to surprise you, lol.

  3. The Pieris are remarkable, in my opinion too. These are great pictures.

    I left a comment on a different page i was checking out, you all should check out somma the pictures that are on http://www.landscapers.org they have some of the greatest pics of gardens from the most beautiful places on earth. check it out

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