Archive for the ‘Portland’ Category

June 1st, 2018 by Celia

Plant Offering at Laurelhurst Park and Dying Peonies

Laurelhurst Park is one of of my favorite places in Portland. You never know what you are going to see there. Unicycles, acro-yogis, people doing Qi Gong, musicians: likely. Another likely occurrence is smatterings of little plant offerings.
What I call plant offerings or plant art are purposeful meaningful arrangements of picked plants bits and nature things. They can be seen on the ground under a shrub or tree, or on a stump. Often, I see them in tree hallows.

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June 10th, 2016 by Celia

Irving Park Splash Pad Fun

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Portland is home to some great kid-friendly water features. The summer here is hot, long and surprisingly dry, so play-in fountains and splash pads are definitely a perk.
Last weekend it was 100 degrees! That’s hot for the Pacific Northwest. Irving Park splash pad was a great place to play because it has many gentle yet fun fountains and sprayers, and it’s shaded by a few massive maples which dapple the sun.
As you can see, Wolfgang had a blast.
Wishing you all a summer of sun, water and fun…

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March 4th, 2015 by Celia

One Silver Maple and a Plea for the Invasives

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Sometimes I head out for a walk with my camera and to my surprise, nothing calls to be photographed. Or, I take out my camera, focus on my subject but not take a photo. It just doesn’t work out.
Last week this happened to me twice. But there was one thing that did speak to me; the trees. The trees in my neighborhood are big, old and charterer-laden. One block had lots of massive silver maples and this one in particular was an interesting subject.
The tree itself is a nice one, no doubt, but I was impressed by the variety of other plants which called it home. It seemed to have a little ecosystem of its own. The silver maple was covered in vibrant English Ivy, ferns and a lovely array of blue-green algae.

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February 21st, 2015 by Celia

This Weeks Pics: Branch & Blooms in Laurelhurst Park

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Spring!!! It’s Happening!
Blossoms, buds, green tips, mossy everything, wet earth, longer days, warmer sun. Rebirth. A fresh start, a new beginning.
Anyway I look at it, I can’t get over how lovely this time of year is.
These pics are from Laurelhurst Park, just a few blocks from our house and a place of significant botanical interest. In the olden days, Laurelhurst park was the backyard to a mansion, now its all of ours’ backyard.
daphne bloom

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January 23rd, 2015 by Celia

This week in photos

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This week isn’t much different than other winter weeks here in Portland. Which is to say it’s as gorgeous as ever!
I love it all; the fog, the sorbet sunrises and sunsets, the lacy silhouettes of hibernating plants and florescent moss adorning just about everything.

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September 3rd, 2014 by Celia

Summer in Buckman – Typical SE Portland Evening

Summer is winding down to a close! I’d thought I’d share a few photos from the neighborhood in an attempt to immortalize the beauty of summertime.
This was a particularly rough Portland summer for me.
It was waaaay too hot and zapped me of all will to do anything except take cold baths, sit in the shade and eat cucumbers. Normally it wouldn’t be quite so bothersome since I am a card-carrying member of the Cold Hands Warm Hearts club, meaning I tend to run cold and thrive in the heat. But I am pregnant this summer, and one of the lovely things that happens during pregnancy is a raise in resting body temperature.

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June 14th, 2014 by Celia

Mid June Flower Power


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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September 17th, 2013 by Celia

Saturday Evening at the Farm

A farm in the city, mountains of kale, a mountain view, swing music, kids running wild and free popcorn…my idea of a fun, late summer Saturday evening. Read the rest of this entry »
July 23rd, 2013 by Celia

People Watching at the Mississippi Street Fair

June 5th, 2013 by Celia

Around Portland: Nature Gone a Bit Away in Belmont


I say this everyday, but now is the perfect time to check out the plants and flowers in Portland. The conditions are just right; sunny and warm days following weeks of rain. It is so much fun for me to walk through the quite neighborhood streets and alleys to check out the plants on display.

Of course I love the landscaped yards and well-thought gardens, but what I really like is the laid-back yards with a little wildness to them. The variegated dianthus with it’s slightly disconnected petals against a broken fence, for example. Read the rest of this entry »