A Fairy Garden

Taken yesterday in Oregon







This past weekend I took my Mum (Marianna) on a road trip to Salem, Oregon to visit her 96-year-old cousin. We timed the trip so that we could also visit Schreiner’s Iris Gardens while the irises were blooming. Marianna was so excited – she’s been wanting to visit this place for years.

It worked out perfectly. We arrived at the gardens mid-afternoon and were amazed and awed at the incredible display, not only of irises, but poppies, allium, columbine, lupine, and so much more. We enjoyed every second, even though it got quite hot. We visited with Mum’s cousin that evening and again the following morning, but in between (about 6:30 am), I got up and drove back to the garden. I HAD to shoot it with the early morning light! I’m so glad I did.

On the way back to Seattle, we stopped there AGAIN so she could experience another floral sensory overload, burying her face in irises, exclaiming over all the different colors and soaking up every visual delight.

We had a spectacular drive back – crystal clear skies with Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier looming enormously and providing jaw dropping views.

A very successful and joyful trip. Hope the photos communicate some of the magic.
– g

First Rose of the Season

Rosa rugosa, Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majelis) and pansy, all from the garden.

The Dawn Chorus

Dawn from our bedroom window

The days begin early at Hillhaven in May. By 4:15 we are up, making coffee and listening to the spectacular dawn chorus of the thousands of birds in our area. Last year, I began recording the sounds of the chorus, for no reason except that they make me happy, and have become a bit obsessive about it, amassing dozens of hours of recorded birdsong.

I edited down a few minutes of this morning’s recording to post here. Next will be how to figure out how as blogger doesn’t seem to want to do it…

We are having another incredible day of brilliant blue skies, sunshine and all around fabulous weather. It’s been like this for two weeks and is forecast to continue for at least another 10 days. Makes you want to hop and skip around.

I hope you have a day filled with birdsong and happiness.

– g

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