June 1st, 2018

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 5th, 2013

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 »

May 17th, 2013

Powell Butte Picnic

I am excited. Two friends Rob and I knew in Duluth are officially moving to Portland. Kyle is from Rob’s home town of Melrose in central Minnesota (Lake Wobegone area) and Ginny is a fellow northern Wisconsinite. They had a free Saturday afternoon to spend with us after doing the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, working at the booth for the dairy farm and cheese maker where they’re finishing unable internship.
Of course we had to go to Powell Butte. It’s my favorite place in town, my favorite nature place, at least. We walked through the woods first, then made our way to the picnic spot in the chestnut grove.
Lunch was salad nicoise . I have to say this was the fanciest picnic lunch I have ever made.