Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just Married...

As I've mentioned several times over the last year I was planning my wedding. On Saturday, November 1st I married the 'love of my life' in the theater at McMenamins Edgefield. We invited our family and closest friends and had a simple ceremony and reception. I was a little crazed the week before, but it went off perfectly and I believe we all had a good time.

The photo above was taken during set up. I'd been collecting colored glass vases and votives for months. My friend flew in from Florida and helped with just about everything including vase arrangements, buttonholes for all the guests, and my bouquet.

Chris and I then took a week's honeymoon to road trip to Colorado and New Mexico. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed unseasonably warm weather. We got home just in time for snow here in the Northwest.

We are also in time to start the holiday season, so I thought I would let you know why I'd been absent and that my posts may be fewer during the holidays.

Gratitude is my word for the year.
While I struggle sometimes to feel grateful, 
I am certainly most grateful for my husband, Chris.
I am grateful for many things about him, 
but one of the most important reasons is 
that he makes me want to be a better person.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Favorites

Fall is my favorite season. Not really for the colorful leaves, which I like, but the cool air and the way the light hits everything. I've been thinking that this light is the same in spring, but what's different is that (in my climate) we are still outdoors and there's less rain so there's more opportunity to be outside and watch the seasonal changes.

We finally made a trip back to the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. I've been there often enough now that I recognize plants that I keep gravitating toward. One is this tree, Eastern Redbud. I like the leaves and I know if I were to look back through old posts, I've probably shown photos of this tree in other seasons. Last weekend it had just started to turn, but the leaves lying around on the ground were eye-catching covered with droplets of water.

Here's another plant I know I've admired before, but until now I'd never seen the berries in fall. Wow! I absolutely love this and when I've got a yard I intend to try growing it. Porcelain Berry. The week before I'd seen 2 photos on Instagram and was surprised that it grows here in the Northwest. As you can see it does quite well.

The thing that strikes me when I'm at the gardens is the large number of plants and trees with fruit or berries or pods. The point of the gardens is to showcase plantings that attract birds and wildlife. These types of plants are underutilized in most local landscapes, which is odd to me, since they are very ornamental.

This tree was covered with rosy fruit (I'm guessing a crabapple, forgot to look for the tag).

Of course, every trip to the gardens results in one photo that I really love. I've posted it on Instagram and plan to add it to my Flickr page. The plant is a fennel and the purple flowers in the background are blooming like crazy in mid October. 

Gratitude is my word of the year.

Today I'm grateful for:
online shopping, returns by mail
gluten free corn dogs, just discovered in the freezer section
Blogger, grateful that I stuck with it
Where Women Create, found it in the magazine section at the grocery store - love it
I'm grateful for more substantial things like my pets and Chris, but these little things provide small increments of joy in my life.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Gardens at Edgefield

Figs growing in the Herb Garden.  

Last week my mom and I decided to drive to Troutdale and get coffee at McMenamin's Edgefield. I've talked a lot about Edgefield this year, because Chris and I chose it as the site for our wedding in November. I had never been there until last January. I'd heard of it, but really wasn't prepared for this huge historic site and all that it contained. I wasn't expecting the Herb Garden or the landscape surrounding the various buildings.

So, my mom and I parked, then counted the miles and the time it took from her house. We got out of the car and I immediately pulled my phone out to snap a couple of pictures. I will identify any plants I can, but I've learned that the gardens at Edgefield contain such a variety of plants that I usually have no idea what I'm looking at. (Feel free to id in the comments).

These succulents were next to the parking space:

Then as we walked up the ramp past the Black Rabbit Restaurant I snapped this:

The leaves are enormous.

Once we had our coffee, we walked back to the Herb Garden. Last summer she had liked the big pots of Lantana. That morning she told me that my great grandmother had loved Lantana and she had planted the red along her patio in San Diego.

We took this picture to remember to buy Lantana for her garden next year.

We were in the garden less than an hour on an October morning. Yet, we wandered around pointing out one plant or another. Many of the trees had berries or were dropping strange fruit on the ground.

I had to admire this Artichoke plant, note the bed frame to the right.

This planting looks like it was snapped in the middle of summer.

The gardens here are as unique as the rest of the establishment. 
It's really too bad that they don't offer floral services.


Gratitude is my word of the year.

Today I am grateful for:
Sun in October in the Pacific Northwest.
Summer-like warm temperatures.
Family that I can rely on.
Starbucks offering coconut milk, after I gave up all milk drinks, like lattes.
Friends that come up with simple ways to solve a problem.
Finding a pet sitter at my vet.
And ...
my mom, for putting up with me.