Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Red

I've been collecting photos of plants displaying various forms of red in their flowers, leaves and fruit. Stay tuned for orange, yellow, green, blue and purple! 

red peony poppygladiolus_cunonius
salvia_tequila-7papaver_danebrog

sparaxis_tricolor_red

IMG_3974zinnia_red_spider

sparaxis_tricolor

papaver_commutatum_ladybirdsilene_laciniata_majorrosa_eglanteriasalvia_gesneriiflora_tequila

tomato_thessaloniki

home grown peppersIMG_4080

gladiolus cardinalis

red anemoneabutilon nabob
scabiosa_scarletratibida_columnifera_pulcherrima


papaver greek

eschscholzia red chiefsalpiglosis sinuataaeonium_nobilehollyhock_alcea_ficifolia

papaver_commutatum_ladybird2

marigold_villandryzinnia benary's giant scarlet


lobelia_fulgens_queen_victoria

dichelostemma_ida_maiaantirrhinum_scarletepilobium canumlobelia_compliment_red



crassula campfire and red pagoda



plants 185castilleja spvitis_rogers_redeccremocarpus scaber cherry red
heuchera_emporer's_cloakantirrhinum night and day



papaver_scarlet_peony

pistachia chinensisparthenocissus henryana

capiscum_pubescenscephalophyllum_alstonii
abutilon_striatumfuchsia_procumbens_fruit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2014 - Garden Bloggers Fling - Portland Japanese Garden

Our first stop on the second day of the 2014 Garden Blogger's Fling was at the Portland Japanese Gardens. It was another warm, sunny morning so the photography was a challenge again. Thank goodness for Photoshop.

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With the challenging light, I stuck to the shadows and focused on the details. And of course those wonderful details were plentiful in such a well-designed Japanese garden.

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Just as at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, I really enjoyed the pathways. While the Chinese Garden paths were composed of intricate stone mosaic patterns, the Japanese walkways appeared much more natural and embracing of the imperfect. The Chinese garden paths are all about pattern and geometry while the Japanese paths exemplify the concept of wabi-sabi, or that of embracing imperfection. I have to say I enjoy both styles equally.

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Other constructed elements were beautifully integrated into the landscape - from the tree-framed gravel garden to the simple linear bench perched upon a rock wall.

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Even natural parts of the landscape like the ponds and plants benefit from a bit of human touch such as some well-placed rocks or smoothly clipped azaleas. Even though Japanese gardens are high maintenance, those that maintain the gardens respect the wildness of nature and attempt to allow us to see that wildness more clearly by offsetting the perfect with the imperfect.

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That contrast creates a beautiful tension at the Portland Japanese Garden.