Finally, after what feels like weeks (months?) of rain, spring seems to be making a slow return. Yesterday was a lovely day, a few clouds, an amazing downpour complete with thunder in the afternoon, but mostly a day sunny enough, and warm enough, for a trip to see what is blooming at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden on the SE side of Portland.
Before getting far enough to see more than a hint of the profusion of color to come, we were greeted by a pair of mallards, resting close to the path and completely unafraid (probably because of the many children who feed them cracked corn, sold at the entrance).
There were a lot of other birds (I recognized a cormorant and many red winged blackbirds) but I’ll have to visit with S to get a more complete list.
The first flowers we really noticed were not rhododendrons, but instead subtle and intriguing hellebores.
Then, around another corner, it was clear that the rhododendrons really were “the thing,” and they were truly amazing.
Varied in color (we stopped once in front of a wall of blooms in at least 4 distinct shades of lavender), shape and size, the blooms, on bushes and even full-sized trees, were truly glorious.
and just plain lovely, they were everywhere we looked.
Some of the flowers aren’t blooming yet,
and there are clearly many irises still to come
so a trip to the Rhododendron Garden is definitely something to try to fit into your busy schedule over the next few weeks.