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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

a fourteen hour day!

Because all weekend long I kept getting my itinerary out of my pocket to see where we were going next, I’m heading every fling post with it. The day was a whirlwind of gardens!

Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Having been to this garden on two previous visits to Portland, I knew it was behind that white wall and started to feel a thrill.

Having been to this garden on two previous visits to Portland, I knew it was behind that white wall and started to feel a thrill of anticipation.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the sidewalk...the garden bursting from its confines!

from the sidewalk…the garden bursting from its confines!

I knew this garden would be good for my gimpiness, as there are few stairs. (I had walked part of the way to Timber Press with Kristin, who had had two hip replacements and spent some months in a wheelchair. This garden would even have partly been accessible by chair, I hope.)

gathering in the courtyard

gathering in the courtyard

One enters though the gate in the back of the courtyard.

One enters though the door in the back of the courtyard.

just inside

just inside

Just inside, we were enveloped in intense fragrance.

We were immediately enveloped in intense sweet fragrance.

It is hard to believe this is hardy!  (Allan later acquired one at a nursery.)

It is hard to believe this is hardy! (Allan later acquired one at a nursery.)

I see a Hydrangea aspera and again ponder where I am going to plant the two I recently acquired.  I like this tucked away spot.

I saw a Hydrangea aspera and again pondered where I am going to plant the two I recently acquired. I like this tucked away spot.

Throughout the garden are sculptural stones from China.

Throughout the garden are sculptural stones from China.

Beside the garden walkways: intricate gates into other rooms.

Beside the garden walkways: intricate gates into other rooms.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

an ornate bridge over the pond...The sun was already hot and bright, casting dramatic shadows.

an ornate bridge over the pond…The sun was already hot and bright, casting dramatic shadows. Note the blogger getting a great shot!

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A heat advisory had been called for Portland with temperatures well up into the 90s. Even this early in the morning, the temperature had this misty beach dweller slightly reeling.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a view from the bridge

a view of the pond

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

There were plenty of shady spots in which to take a break from the sun.

There were plenty of shady spots in which to take a break from the sun.

drifts of green in the water

drifts of green in the water

On a visit to this garden in 2003 with my friend Terran, we saw workers wading through the ponds tidying up the foliage. What a great job that would be on a hot day.

The easy walking path goes all the way around the enormous pond.

An easy walking path goes all the way around the enormous pond.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo:  I did not see any fish!

Allan’s photo: I did not see any fish!

Off to the sides of the path are rooms and courtyards.

Off to the sides of the path are rooms and courtyards.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pebble paving

pebble paving

Blogger Lisa from Spain told Allan that the pebbles are set in a way so that when you walk on them, they massage your feet.

Blogger Lisa from Spain told Allan that the pebbles are set in a way so that when you walk on them, they massage your feet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a little boat toward the back of the pond

a little boat toward the back of the pond

a healthy stand of impatiens omeiana

a healthy stand of Impatiens omeiana (pretty sure)

bloggers in a moon gate

bloggers in a moon gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

window into a courtyard

window into a courtyard

bonsai resting on a windowsill

bonsai resting on a windowsill

another bonsai with little horses

another bonsai with little teak horses; later we would get a “swag bag” and in it would be a box with two little horses like this.

a narrow side courtyard

a narrow side courtyard

the same scene through Allan's lens

the same scene through Allan’s lens

mimosa tree; Allan's photo

mimosa tree; Allan’s photo

A friend in Seattle had a mimosa tree. I want one very much; I had forgotten.

for the sure of balance

for the sure of balance

at the back of the garden, a waterfall in a grotto.

at the back of the garden, a waterfall in a grotto of Chinese stones.

bamboo

fallen leaves of bamboo

fallen leaves of bamboo

Allan's photo: a rhodo for Stephen and John

Allan’s photo: a rhodo with lovely brown indumentum for Stephen and John

window, water, weeping willow

window, water, weeping willow

This was near the spacious tea house where one can sip tea, eat small cookies and view the water. For some strange reason, neither Allan nor I took photos in that room.

Perhaps for Allan that was because his camera problems continued at the Chinese garden. The previous evening, both his pocket cams were in our van in valet parking and we could not get at them in time for the soirée. On Friday, this happened with his Lumix camera:

the same problem I had with every Lumix pocket camera I owned (all five of them, repeatedly replaced on a warranty)

the same problem I had with every Lumix pocket camera I owned (all five of them, repeatedly replaced on a warranty) See end of post for our camera story.

 

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One could almost forget the bustling city outside the walls.

One could almost forget the bustling city outside the walls.

More fling bloggers:  Here is the Gardener’s Roost view of the Chinese garden.

Next, onto the tour buses and a trip to the west of Portland for four more gardens.

(An aside re our camera woes: When the Lumix went all blurry, Allan switched to his little Olympus, and its battery died about halfway through the day. The spare was sitting at home by his desk in Ilwaco. Then his iPhone ran out of charge, so by the fifth stop of the day, he was using my iPhone for photos, and by the sixth stop my iPhone was out of juice. The Lumix decided to work again, but not reliably as it sometimes went out of focus. The next day, he carried his Lumix charger. Since each garden stop was long enough, he was able to recharge at garden hosts’ homes, and he noticed that bloggers were frequently taking such opportunities to recharge their iPhones.)

 

 

 

 

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