We had the most wonderful long Easter weekend with friends in their log cabin on the Deschutes River, near Mt. Bachelor. The weather was wonderful, and over the course of our stay, we both skied and paddled, ate and toasted like royalty, enjoyed each others’ company, and played lots of fun games. It was just perfect! Crossing back over the Cascades, the snowy raindrops that started falling at the high altitudes served as a good indicator of what kind of weather awaited us back in Portland. Not that I minded so much – supposedly the weekend on this side was beautiful, dry and sunny, and the gardens could surely use a sprinkle or two. Besides, I’m still on a bit of a high from our time in the high desert.
The first thing I saw when I woke up the first morning was a Mother Goose, nesting on her eggs, on top of the shed roof. We did our best not to disturb her.
In the same golden light, the morning mist rising from the river.
Maybe there was just a little frost…
We went kayaking one afternoon.
Morning or night, the river is so peaceful…
The wooded lot was full of Pines, whose long needles carpeted the ground.
They were everywhere!
This massive tree was spared when the deck was built. I really love that!
Yellowed seed heads from Yarrow and other flowers from the past summer remained standing. I have no idea what this one is, but its light, airy geometry was just lovely!
While the others painted eggs…
…I gathered up some of the pine needles and other finds, and made a wreath. Lesson learned is that it is far easier if you have a wire frame to start with. The wreath was meant to be round, but when hung, it turned into an oval. Oh well…
The eggs in the birds nest are Cadbury dark chocolate eggs – my nemesis in the weeks leading up to Easter. Thankfully, since the festivities are now behind us, it will now be another year, before those addictive little morsels are offered up for sale again.
Our host is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. This memento adorned the door.
The view from the Mt Bachelor summit was somewhat otherworldly with the glittering snow and trails criss-crossing the sky.
Reluctantly this morning, we left this wondrous place, and headed back to urban reality again, grateful to our friends for yet another fun getaway, companionship, and new, fond memories. Almost the first thing I did when we reached home was check on the garden. It turns out, the warm days they had, did have an impact. I made a few fun discoveries:
I was thrilled to see that the Dodecatheon I snuck into one of my fern tables is waking up. Wonder what is eating it, though…
A Syneilesis and Corydalis* combo, aimed at recreating a spring vignette I admired in the gardens of Joy Creek last year. Can’t wait for these two to fill out a little! Note how perfectly the half-open umbrella form of the Corydalis* flowers complement the emerging Syneilesis leaves – I just love that! (UPDATE: Pauline kindly pointed out that I had erroneously called the Corydalis a Dicentra. Mistake amended – thanks Pauline!)
Purchased a couple of years ago from the garden gods at Xera Plants, this miracle plant thrills me to no end – from the moment it pushes through the soil in spring. It will soon light up my garden with some of the most stunning leaves you ever saw…
The croziers of a Tassel fern starting to unfurl. They have that wet, newborn look to them, like an unlicked foal.
By now, I’m getting a little tired of daffodils, but Thalia is always welcome. I didn’t think I had any left, but there she was!
One of my absolute favorite tulips coming on strong; Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’.
Daphne genkwa in full bloom never disappoints.
The nodding bells of a few Fritillarias make me happy, although apparently someone has found it quite edible.
Another fern table surprise… a type of swamp orchid purchased at last year’s Hortlandia is pushing up its spotty leaves. Fun to see it again!
And finally, last week’s black buds of Scopolia carniolica have opened into those adorable dark red bells I love so much.
It’s good to know that life doesn’t come to a halt just because I leave town for a few days. Quite the contrary, actually! 🙂