The Oregon Garden

Gaillardia

 

This is the last of my Oregon Garden collection.  The Gaillardia above turned out to be one of my favorites.  They are so bold and bright.  It was definitely a  blessing having the early morning rain.

Oregon Garden in Silverton

 

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This is the view of the main lawn from the Axis Fountain.  They have quite a variety of gardens from Conifers and wetlands to a pet friendly and children’s garden.

 

 

Pink water lilies

The Day Lilies were abundant.

Orange Day Lilies

Yellow Day Lily

 

There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

A Quiet Place

My favorite was the Bosque Reflecting Ponds, a central plaza featuring four brick ponds and 40 planter boxes, each planted with a single tree.

Reflecting Ponds

 

The Signature Oak is an Oregon Heritage Tree that is more than 400 years old.

Signature Oak

June was fortunately a perfect time to appreciate the bounty of color.

Oregon Garden in Silverton

 

Penstemon Red Riding Hood

 

Red Poppy Field

 

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and need to get away for a few days, I can easily recommend the Silverton area.  The Oregon Garden Resort is a very nice place and they have frequent deals through Travel Zoo.  They show movies in the Garden during the summer, in October scarecrows are displayed throughout.

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And Silverton is a Happening Place with loads of activities planned throughout the year:  A Bloom Quilt Show, Brewer’s Tasting Dinner at the Resort, Fireworks on the 4th of July, and a Car Show in August.  Silver Falls State Park with the trail of ten falls is just a short drive.  Here is a photo of Winter Falls (check out my earlier post:  All Creation Sings His Praises).

 

Winter Falls

 

 

 

So, just maybe I will see you there someday.

Fountain

 

Oregon Garden Resort

 

Yet More from the Oregon Garden

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It took me a while to find the name of this flower.  A fellow photographer finally helped me.  Penstemon, Red Riding Hood.  I have not seen it often but it apparently belongs to a large genus here in North America and also in East Asia.   A more common name is beardtongue.

Shooting first thing in the morning before the glare of the sun with my 70 – 200mm IS zoom creates this wonderful glowing boceh.

Shore Acres Rhododendrons

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Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast during May has a wonderful collection of Rhodies.  The weather was a bit overcast yet still somewhat glary so difficult to shoot even with my usual polarizer.  The Japanese lily pond is always a special place.

 

 

 

Red Rhodies_5130Here are just a few of the many glorious rhododendrons to enjoy there.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!