Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July, 2014

IMG_3382

On our trip to Northern Arizona last month we took a side trip to the Painted Desert, which also contains the Petrified Forest. It is a 26 mile road (of which we traveled a little over half).

IMG_3400 IMG_3404

IMG_3411

The petrified forest consisted of large chunks of petrified wood. The family was a little disappointed that there weren’t any complete trees, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

IMG_3387

Growing up in Phoenix, there was a lot of Native American Culture in school. One thing I remember doing was making sand paintings. After seeing the painted desert I can see exactly where the idea came from.

IMG_3426

The Agate Bridge

IMG_3393

Am I the only one reminded of E.T. ?

IMG_3413

My fellow travelers, Eric and Aspen

 

IMG_3423 IMG_3443 IMG_3461 IMG_3416 IMG_3381

Love all of the cool rock formations. This National Park was definitely worth a stop.

 

 

Read Full Post »

Best of Portland Fling … Voted on by Me

Best Entrance

Tie

IMG_3981

JJ De Sousa – Love the veggies and the color

IMG_4066

Fuller and Ernst – Great use of old garden tools

 

Best Garden to Wait out a Rainstorm

IMG_4180

Floramagoria

IMG_4160

IMG_4165

We were “stuck” on the patio for a while, waiting out the rain. I can’t think of a more enjoyable place to be. The view while huddled on the sectional chair put my entire garden to shame.

 

Best View

IMG_3802

Westwind Farm Studio

IMG_3773

This hillside garden provided breathtaking views.

 

Best Yard Art

IMG_4310

Bella Madrona

IMG_4254

IMG_4281

IMG_4297

IMG_4331

This was a tough one, but I’m partial to “junk” turned into treasure.

Runners Up

IMG_4187

IMG_4174

IMG_4218

Floramagoria – So much whimsy

IMG_4074

IMG_4076

IMG_4081

IMG_4110

Fuller and Ernst – Beautiful glassware

 

Best Use of Grasses

IMG_4007

Rhone St Garden

IMG_4034

The grasses added so much height and dimension to this small yard.

 

Best Vegetable Garden

IMG_3898

McMenamins Kennedy School

IMG_3900

This was the only real vegetable garden, aside from a few beds at Floramagoria, but it was impressive. The flowers mixed in with all of the veggies attracted the bees and made the whole area feel very lush. For a vegetable gardener like myself, this was a welcome addition to the tour.

 

Best Garden Name

IMG_3931

Danger Garden

IMG_3932

IMG_3915

IMG_3919

I’m not sure how many of us came out with minor injuries, but we were warned!

 

Best Mascot

IMG_4042

Rhone St Gardens – Mr Boots

 

Best Use of Vertical Space

IMG_3995

Chickadee Gardens

IMG_3991

What to do when you run out of space? Garden on the roof of course

 

Best Place to Forget where you are

IMG_3818

Japanese Garden

IMG_3819

IMG_3831

IMG_3835

IMG_3850

IMG_3851

This garden was so serene, felt like you were in the middle of nowhere.

 

Best English Garden Impersonation

IMG_3725

Old Germantown Gardens

IMG_3738

IMG_3744

IMG_3750

IMG_3757

The walk around this garden finished with a walk out view from the deck.

 

Best Seating Areas

IMG_4070

Fuller and Ernst

IMG_4077

IMG_4080

IMG_4083

IMG_4084

IMG_4090

IMG_4105

IMG_4128

IMG_4121

As you walked through the gardens, you came upon more impressive seating area, each with its own personality. They aren’t just for show, Linda sat down with us and talked glass for a while.

 

Best Rock Formations

IMG_3665

Lan Su Chinese Garden

IMG_3675

IMG_3655

IMG_3654

The rock in this garden reminded me of good old Texas limestone.

Read Full Post »

IMG_3815

IMG_3855

IMG_3860

IMG_3888

IMG_3892

IMG_3906

IMG_3910

IMG_3964

IMG_4056

IMG_4101

IMG_4210

IMG_4235

IMG_4247

IMG_4251

IMG_4282

IMG_4286

IMG_4307

IMG_4342

Read Full Post »

Guinea Keets

IMG_3601

We have babies!

A few months ago one of our 3 guinea hens decided that she liked our neighbors much better and took off, leaving us with only 2 guineas. Then a little over a month ago, another one disappeared. We heard her, so knew she couldn’t be too far away, but she stopped coming around for food in the morning. We finally found her sitting on eggs. Normally we wouldn’t mind, but in this case we only have guinea hens, which means no fertilized eggs.

Being the resourceful person that he is, Eric went on craiglist and found fertilized guinea eggs. We put them under our hen and 28 days later, woohoo!

IMG_3631

We have 6 keets. The two females are raising them together, what a cute little family.

Read Full Post »