Wide vistas and wet closeups

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.

Canada goose nesting

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.

Deschutes river in the morning mist

In the same golden light, the morning mist rising from the river.

Sunrise over the Deschutes River

Maybe there was just a little frost…

Paddling the Deschutes

We went kayaking one afternoon.

Trees reflecting in water

Morning or night, the river is so peaceful…

Young pine by the Deschutes

The wooded lot was full of Pines, whose long needles carpeted the ground.

Carpet of Pine needles

They were everywhere!

Deck built around a tree

This massive tree was spared when the deck was built. I really love that!

Seed heads

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!

Easter eggs

While the others painted eggs…


Pine needle wreath

…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…

Birds nest with chocolate eggs

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.

Summit, Mt Bachelor

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:

Dodecatheon in fern table

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…

Syneilesis and Dicentra combo

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!)

Arisaema ringens

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…

Unfurling Tassel fern

The croziers of a Tassel fern starting to unfurl. They have that wet, newborn look to them, like an unlicked foal.

Thalia narcissi

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!

Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane'

One of my absolute favorite tulips coming on strong; Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’.

Daphne genkwa

Daphne genkwa in full bloom never disappoints.

Checkered Fritillarias

The nodding bells of a few Fritillarias make me happy, although apparently someone has found it quite edible.

Swamp orchid

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!

Scopolia carniolica

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! 🙂






About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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27 Responses to Wide vistas and wet closeups

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    The first photo of the sun peeping around a bend in the river is stunning, in a group of lovely photos. I can see you had a very special place to stay at over Easter.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    There is so much flora there that I do not even recognize.

    • annamadeit says:

      You know,I could say the same about your California flora. The plant world never stops fascinating me. As soon as I start feeling somewhat “in the know” some new (to me, at least) plant appears, to expand my learning curve. The vastness of the horticulture world keeps me humble, I suppose… 😊

  3. Pauline says:

    It looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful weekend.
    You have such interestting plants on your fern table, but I think your lovely blue flower is a pretty Corydalis. Something has been eating my snakeshead fritillaries too, I wonder what it is!

  4. Many marvellous shots here

  5. Tina says:

    Thanks for this dose of Oregon. I miss traveling there on a regular basis, so the photos and review of your lovely weekend is a balm.

    • annamadeit says:

      You’re welcome, Tina! Sadly, even though I live here, I don’t get to see those wonderful areas as often as I’d like. I need to rearrange my priorities, I think!

  6. Evan Bean says:

    What a fun getaway! And then to come back home to see the new gowth in your garden. Our gardens are waking up, slowly picking up speed as spring advances.

    • annamadeit says:

      They sure are. And, you know what’s weird? I looked at some shots from last year this time, and – despite that horrid winter we had – certain things were FAR ahead of where they are today. I’m thinking specifically my maple… I find that odd with such a mild winter. My Apple Blossom Clematis is blooming, and it’s a mere fraction of last year’s show. I find that strange.

  7. bergstromskan says:

    Lovely weekend with lovely friends and family, in lovely nature-what else is there?☀️

  8. rusty duck says:

    Oh that looks like the perfect spot! Love the goose on the roof, she looks quite contented there.

    • annamadeit says:

      It was just wonderful – all of it. That poor goose… I didn’t see her move out of her spot a single time, but I imagine she must have… I mean, a girl needs to eat, right? Maybe her mate fed her? I hear they pair up for life, but we didn’t see any evidence of that either. That said – I think she’s glad we’re gone – I bet our presence worried her.

  9. Such lovely images, Anna; you WERE inspired by your tranquil settings, both away and at home. I have some of those same Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’, but mine seem much more squat, not tall, slim and elegant like the ones in your photo. Happy Spring!!

  10. What a fun getaway, a perfect mix for you too, what with a little snow mixed in. Your wreath is gorgeous, and the shape so much more original than a regular old circle.

    • annamadeit says:

      It really was a perfect blend of all things good. Sooo restorative! And thank you! I had fun making the wreath, and finding all the things that went into it. 🙂

  11. Kris P says:

    What a wonderful trip! The scenery is stunning and I love the shot of the river mirroring the trees above. Always nice to come home to find the garden did just fine in your absence too.

    • annamadeit says:

      It really was! Mind you, having seen the beauty of an entirely “un-coached” backyard, I balk a little as I think of which project in MY yard I should tackle first. So much work to do, yet…

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