The best things in life really are free – especially in Portland. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this hidden gem just a stone’s throw away from my house! Although we just missed the crocus in bloom, there were still many wonderful sites to behold in early March and many promises of beautiful things to come.
My family and friends who aren’t in the gardening community often give me a lot of grief because I’m constantly dragging them to places like this but what a wonderful way for a fairly new gardener to see fully realized and mature plants.
This could be a photograph from our trip to Ireland!
On to the garden and it’s wonders….
A lesson I’ve learned over the years is to take pictures of plant tags! I’m pretty sure this is the one I saw at the Portland Home and Garden show in February.
Although I don’t particularly like rhododendron flowers, I do have a thing for interesting foliage so they present a bit of a conundrum for me. Then there are the ones like in the picture below….wow! If only I had the setting for something like this..
If you are a magnolia lover, the garden will be a delight for you! Everywhere you turn around there is one waiting to be discovered!
One could get dizzy looking up and down so much! So many tall, mature trees providing shade to a plethora of goodness below! Take this oxalis for example. I’m always to tempted by oxalis and this incredible carpet really is making it hard to resist!
In my head, this is what the slope of my shade/fern garden looks like!
My harsh reality!
Visiting gardens can be great for inspiration and this field of hellebores gave me a great idea for my shady slope!
What a great place to see fully realized attributes of your favorite plants! I’m going to be an old man by the time mine gets anywhere near this!
One of the meandering paths. Caution: not completely “wagon accessible” throughout.
Remember what I said about their magnolia collection? This one was a “clutch the pearls” moment!
SWOOON! If only I had the space for this beauty!
One the other end of the spectrum, there were darling little woodland beauties lining the paths along the way!
Look at the color! I must figure out what this is and find it!
I had to smile as I stumbled upon a familiar nursery tag!
The madrones (Arbutus menziesii) had the best view!
I’ve seen troughs before at open gardens and, if memory serves me right, McMenammin’s Edgefield, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in a more natural setting. I thought they were pretty cool and wondered how old they might be.
The lawn was beautiful, too, and reminded me that we were actually in what was once a residence.
A little perspective for scale.
Another magnificent magnolia! Matthew and Yvee were good sports putting up with my picture taking but decided to go on ahead.
I met up with them for some selfies before leaving.
One last look….incredible!
Looking forward to my next visit and seeing what new wonders will have appeared!
For more information for your own visit http://www.elkrockgarden.org