I enjoyed a lot about Oregon on this trip–some amazing restaurants, some great wineries, the countryside and the cool weather–and I’m somewhat surprised that I keep coming back to the ubiquitous flowers. They were a great visual reminder that the work of gardening can impact us in subtle but pervasive ways. Maybe I’ll redouble my efforts to grow some cut flowers next year…
Michael’s Oregon Flowers
I just returned from a trip to Oregon, where flowers pop from windowsills, wooden planters outside cafes and even in 30-foot displays you can see when driving by the outlet malls. At the Salem Farmer’s Market, we bought 10 amazing bouquets of stunning flowers for the low price of $8.50 each (bargained down from $10/ea) and put them in as many vases as we could find for a friend’s wedding reception. It was too many and they were too beautiful to just be used for an afternoon. I don’t grow that many flowers, so I don’t know what they were, but I spotted some stargazer lillies, Peruvian lillies, zinnia, and some crazy purple and orange ones that I couldn’t stop looking at. Arrangements went back with the guests to their hotel rooms, and we enjoyed them for 4 more days.