Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

July 17th, 2016 by Celia

Salmonberries on Memorial Day at Oxbow Park

salmon berry
 Yeah, salmonberries are yummy. We had our fill on Memorial Day in Oxbow park.
Here are some pics from our first hike of the summer. Oxbow park is a very accessible park for families, but it has a wild and spacious feel. It has everything you’d expect; there’s an old growth forest, the meandering Sandy river, and wildflower meadows to picnic. Here’s to a summer filled with berries and adventures!
rob and wolfie in woods oxbow

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June 13th, 2016 by Celia

The Beauty of the End of May Flowers

grand dame rose bud
These photos are from a couple of weeks ago, and the plants have already drastically changed since. I want to post these before they have gone to seed, wilted and died. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but summer is basically here and the plants are growing leaps and bounds.
What is most striking now is the contrast between the flowers and the shades of grey skies we’ve been having. The plants don’t care if it’s cool and rainy. And I don’t care either. Everyone else is inside, but 62 degrees with a sprinkling of rain and a cool breeze doesn’t keep Wolfie and I inside. We go right along with our plans of digging dirt, poking at bugs and playing with the plants. There’s so much to look at!
peach agastache

 

top: Grand Dame rose bud

above: Apache sunset agastache

(numbered starting below)

  1. south facing view of NE 16th Ave between Wygant St. and Going St.
  2. native columbine
  3. massive purple alliums
  4. these yellow flowered Fraggle-like mint family plants (PLEASE help me with the name)—-> FOUND the name, it’s Jerusalem sage, Phlomis spp.
  5. my wooden planter with succulents, violas, and lotus vine
  6. succulent with offspring; hen and chicks?
  7. Lamb’s ears
  8. red-purple heuchera
  9. emerging echinacea
  10. delicate rose

 

16th ave

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February 16th, 2015 by Celia

This Week’s Pics: Early February Springtime

andromeda
Spring is most definitely in the air. And it’s only the beginning of February. The sweet early spring bloomers are poking their pretty heads through the cool moist ground to take advantage of the unopposed view of the sun.
This set of photos are from my apartment grounds, featuring (in order):
  • andromeda buds (don’t you love that name?!)
  • snowdrops from my back porch container garden
  • evergreen magnolia, gracing us with their clear green spring growth
  • fuchsia violets and the ever-present blanket of moss
  • skeleton of last years’ ferns
  • sweet little Ella kitty
  • daffodils growing around an over-turned watering can (they don’t care)
  • the curly willow planted by our neighbors years ago
  • apartment #8, looking homey
snowdrops

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January 27th, 2015 by Celia

Handmade with Love: Botanical Baby Mobile

mobile lace 1
Although newborn Wolfie has yet to appreciate it, I am ever inspired by the botanical mobile crafted at my baby shower. I find it inspiring and stunningly beautiful; and I can’t stop looking at it. The colors, textures and simple design is perfect for the nursery corner, and the fact that it was created by my good friends make it all the more special.

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June 14th, 2014 by Celia

Mid June Flower Power

love-in-a-mist

There are some seriously sweet flowers out right now. Blooms to be had everywhere you look, and bees to match. Each and every day it becomes more and more clear that living in Portland is truly like living in a garden! Some flowers linger through the season, and some must be caught in a narrow window of time.

Around this time last year, I was really into flower arranging and spend many an evening scouting flowers growing in public places I could gather for bouquets. Although I’m not quite as flower crazy now, I still love to look around the neighborhood to see what’s blooming.

The flower above, surrounded in its lacy collar is Nigella damascena, commonly called love-in-a-mist.

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December 1st, 2013 by Celia

Late Autumn Beauty, Wisconsin Style

summers-walkway

It was absolutely balmy in Portland today; overcast, moisture in the air and fairy warm. The trees and grass were still so alive, so green and festive. Contrast this with Wisconsin 3 weeks ago: the earth was festooned with oranges, yellows, maroons and browns with a bit of green here and there. Snow lingered. The air was dry. And it was cold, down to 15 Fahrenheit. Autumn is so very different between here and there. The thoughts of my taste of winter in the fall will have to tide me over for who knows how long; years? I am one of the opposition, you see. A Minnesotan/Wisconsinite who adored winter and enjoyed it more than any other season. Yes, I even liked diving in it, even in Duluth, a city know for its hills and cold winters. When I hear people back home complain about winter it breaks my heart. So forgive me while I savor it here.

Here are a set of photos from that wintery-type of autumn back home. They are from my friends’ house out in the country in St. Croix Falls, save for the one directly below. That’s Summer and her dog Tippy. We went for a walk in the woods and couldn’t resist the whimsy of the downy white seeded asters as a photo background. It was such a beautiful day, and a great time with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »
November 22nd, 2013 by Celia

The Unexpected

cherry-blossom-unexpected
Things associated with autumn:
  1. fallen leaves
  2. colder days
  3. longer nights
  4. rain and coulds
  5. plants dying back
  6. hot cocoa
  7. hearty meals shared with freinds
  8. turning inward, self-reflection
  9. feeling sleepy
  10. picking up crafts like knitting or drawing
  11. chickweed, cleavers coming back to life
  12. hayrides
  13. apple cider

 

Things you DO NOT associate with autumn:

  1. cherry blossoms
  2. rhododendrons blooming
  3. crocuses
  4. violets
  5. dalhias
  6. roses

 

And yet, all those plants are flowering right now! Read the rest of this entry »

October 6th, 2013 by Celia

Roman(tic) Garden Side Street

vintage bug rome
The sounds of these sidestreets were playing children, distant sweet accordion music and the klickity-klack of dinners being made. And of course the streets were covered in plants of all sorts. Vines dangling like tinsel on a Christmas tree, flowering over window frames and doorways, grapes full of fruit that were actually quite edible spilled over into reach. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2013 by Celia

Preserving Summer with Homemade Fragrant Rose Elixir

rose-elixir-bottle

This summer I grew a variety of roses called Grand Dame, which I chose because of its old fashioned rose fragrance, and all of it’s bright pink petals were either used as tea or made into an elixir. Rose elixir is one of my most favorite herbal extracts. An elixir is an herbal extract, using half alcohol and half sweetener. They couldn’t be easier to make or use, and once you try your hand at making an elixir you will see what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

August 14th, 2013 by Celia

Chamomile with a Side Of Rose – Garden to Arrangements to a Cup of Tea

chamomile-close-up

You could say I am a bit obsessed with both chamomile and roses, especially since moving to Portland.

Chamomile grows quite well in my garden with the mild springs and moisture. I planted one tiny plot three years ago and it self-seeded all over the place. And for roses, well, Portland isn’t called the city of roses for nothing. Read the rest of this entry »