Flowering plants everywhere in the NW have been about 2 weeks late, just like the arrival of Songbirds this year. That’s NO different here at 1000′ elevation near the Columbia Gorge…. MOST Portlanders reside near 100′ elevation, so they not only have better trigger weather for jump-starting plant growth WHEN things warm up, they also have…… our Topsoil after these millions of years of landslides and rain! But that’s a story for another time. ha.
The miracle began happening about mid-June. Yes, temps remained cool, but began to seriously get dryer, and lighter. They passed the 60 mark, and warmer at night. Plants began to “believe” they’d live. They began to fight OFF the slugs (Hey, I’m talkin’ to YOU: Dahlias!). In the 3 weeks since, even Rodger recovered from his S. A. D., and in the last WEEK, as temps rose into the high 70′s, he began to organize the deck plants.
I peaked around the yard this morning with the little “free-gift” camera, so see just “where” things are……..(where the veg garden is, will be a post tomorrow)……and REALIZED…..things are doing very nicely. SOME places like the berm we began a few years ago are beginning to look “nice” if I may claim that term…… when it started, it was piles of CLAY SOIL….. oh well, it’s now very much alive.
I decided to do my amateur pic shoot after we sat yesterday evening on the deck in 85 degree air, as birds/squirrels came in to feed…. and decided I really loved where I lived……….
From this end of the deck, you’re looking toward what would be downtown Portland if you could see that far…. the TALL tree stumps have been discussed many times, but are finally paying off….a very large beautiful Pileated Woodpecker is regularly visiting the yard dining on several old stumps we have and on these tall maples left standing, “Thanks, Nancy for the lesson.” at least 10 years ago:
Looking straight out from my chair, my buddy, Mr. Douglas Squirrel was happily enjoying dinner….. ALL the Flower Pots look beautiful, RODGER……
Rodger always gives this little Mr Crazy-Pot a wig in the summer:
I have always love the glass head too………it can fit anywhere…….
If I walk OUT the family room onto the deck, just to the right you pass this wonderful hanging basket, the double Fucshia (note my dear hummer feeder behind it, one of 8 in the yard):
walking further out, there’s the one LAST lovely Iris blooming, and I love it more than any other…the DEEP Purple bloom is pretty elegant (sorry about the focus):
Just inside the woodshed, you can see a project DUE UP soon will be to get or cut wood and get it stacked in here for next winter. But in the meantime, I have BAY LEAVES drying here….just trimmed from the plant in the garden:
Moving toward the driveway, the BERM growth is taking off….the vinca variety has been SLOW to get started but now even covering my “dead looking” grass I really like….but in total, it finally looks all alive:
And from the south side, it looks even better (lots of different things were planted here as experiments just to see if they “would” or “could” grow up here, most have survived):
Showing off is the peony, it must have LOVED this cold wet spring (I still hate that they last such a short time):
On down by the road, a nice smoky Tree Rose (thanks, Nancy…….. many things in this yard we owe to her sharing from her place) is blooming…the tiny pale blooms aren’t fancy, no, but they’re hardy, and nicely balance the smoky/dusky leaves:
If you moved along the front by the road, it’s nice to see most of my little fir trees still struggling along, they always seem SO slow to grow the first ten years…… but we’ll be able to get rid of filberts in 3-5 years….I can see it coming…….. at LEAST the Elderberries are ripening, so MORE fun birds will be dining here we don’t get to see too often: Tanagers, Waxwings, etc….I saw a grosbeak dining here yesterday:
Back at the house, our roses have suffered in the cold/wet, but a few are beginning to bloom, I like this yellow one:
The Clematis is always dramatic, and they’re now about 3 weeks old:
If you run out of things to do, ha, you can always “de-flower” ha, the rhodies…..it encourages growth…….