Thursday, May 10, 2012

Visits to Oregon rhododendron and azalea gardens

Now that's a hedge of color!
Spring has sprung! The above view is from the Hendrick's Rhododendron Garden in Eugene. We recently found ourselves there on a lovely spring evening, just as the sun was beginning to set.
Big pink!
I haven't always been a big fan of rhododendrons and azaleas. They're a common foundation shrub here in Portland and far too often they're pruned into sad shapes and just always seemed too common. But my thoughts on them have begun to change. They're common because they're hardy here, and will often grow for years and years, no ailments or problems. When they bloom they are absolute show stoppers.

Seeing them in the Hendrick's Garden we could see how gorgeous they are when left to grow to their natural size. Often, that size is huge, and when they are bloom, so beautiful!

Some more photos from the Hendrick's Garden:
A view in the garden
Check out this lichen:
Check out that lichen
The size of these were glorious
Gunnera in the flowers
A bench is nestled in
Calming entry

A few days later we ventured to Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. And yes, the garden was in full bloom. So peaceful and pretty. Diego experienced his first "creek" and was very hesitant about the sound, but not so hesitant about the geese and ducks: oh man, that was funny. Loving these adventures lately. Photos from Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden:
View over the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Boo! That's us in the flowers.
 Beautiful pruning and limbs on these rhododendrons


Heather said...

I am soooo jealous of how lush your flowers are in the Northwest! These photos are gorgeous.

Heather said...

My friend always refers to rhododendrons in small urban lots as "caged beasts." They want to be big and how beautiful they are when allowed to do so!