A Special Fling Bloom Day

Oh that Monarda!
Yes, I know Bloom Days are meant to review the blooms in one's own garden--but fresh back from the Garden Blogger's Fling in Portland, it seems fitting to present a representative flower or two from each of the fourteen(!) gardens visited over three days.  (I missed two: the first and last.)  Quite out of order, then, here we go.
There were rivers of Clematis at Joy Creek:
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The basketball sized lily flowers at Old Germantown:
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The lillies themselves towered over us, and the banana plants over them, and the conifers over them, with the sky over all:
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A hibiscus at the Lao Su Chinese Garden:
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Sempervivums at Cistus:
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Cornus at the Portland Japanese Garden:
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Ornamental oregano at jewel-box Chickadee:
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An orange Begonia, stylishly presented, at JJ De Sousa:
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Wind River Lavenders
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Stylish restraint at Danger Garden: 
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The exquisite flower salads of Rhone Street:
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A lavish display of Rosa 'Mutabilis' at the Los Angeles-flavored Kuzma Garden:
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Echinops aglow at McMenamin's Kennedy School:
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The amazing compositions at Floramagoria
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Joyful teamwork at Ernest/Fuller:
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Ladies and Gentlemen, you ain't seen nothing yet.  Much more to come from Portland, Oregon.

 

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  1. What a lovely selection of plants! You must have had a great time visiting so many beautiful gardens.

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  2. So very interesting a Garden Blogger´s Fling and I am looking forward to see more, it is gorgeous. The photo of the lilies with the banana plant over them is a jewel. The ornamental Oregano is so difficult, I tried this several times but don´t get it through the winter, also not in a heated greenhouse, so I stopped trying.

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    1. No one sells the ornamental types here--I wonder how they would do. The species are tough and needs no care here, and no water either.

      The lilies were so wonderful!

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  3. Even from just the first glimpse of flowers it looks like you saw a great variety of different types of gardens. Looking forward to all the reports.

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  4. Happy Bloomday Hoov...lovely photos ! Still on the road here...

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    1. And buying plants, I suppose. Have fun!

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  5. Wow, Hoover dear, so many amazing and beautiful plants and gardens.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. The beauty was endless. I have some more good photos to post.

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  6. Looking forward to more gorgeous photos from you at the Fling! I'm really surprised to see that none of the nurseries there sell ornamental oregano. They like the same conditions as culinary, which like most Mediterranean herbs probably thrives there in your heat and drought.

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    1. Glad you liked the photos, Alison, thank you. They must be available around here--I must be shopping at the wrong garden centers.

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  7. Thanks for the warm memories of those fantastic gardens and those fun-filled days!

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    1. It was so fun, wasn't it? Plants and plants and more plants and talking about plants and buying plants and getting free plants...

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  8. I took a similar approach to Bloom Day, but my photos pale in comparison to yours. I look forward to seeing more of Portland through your lens.

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  9. I'm so glad you were here! However I was bummed you didn't make it to Bella Madrona and I didn't get to say good bye...

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    1. Alan just couldn't schedule to stay until Monday due to work. I was disappointed to have to leave early. However, so happy to have seen your beautiful garden.

      You Portlanders did a fantastic job--it could not have been a better Fling.

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  10. Wow, enjoyed the preview, can't wait to see more. Ornamental Oregano is a common nursery plant in my area of Texas and I grow a few of them though I haven't seen those beautiful blooms.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley, you are very kind.

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  11. What an amazing compilation and a delightful introduction to the Portland Fling! I was so sorry to have missed it but I look forward to your photographic retrospective.

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    1. It was super fun. Just so you know there will be another Fling next year.... ;^)

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  12. How gorgeous! wish I'd been there.

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    1. It was a lot of fun. I asked Kathy to say "Hello" for me the next time she sees you.

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  13. Thank you so much for visiting! What a fun Fling it was (my first!) and sooo glad you were able to come to Chickadee Gardens. I love your description, very sweet...thank you :) As far as the ornamental oregano, yes, what Alison said - hot and dry and...I can't get rid of it...in a good way. If anyone wants a piece bare-root, I can send it...I bet it would take off with a bit of initial coaxing.

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    1. Hot and dry, my garden can do that...all too easily.

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  14. Wow - what spectacular photos! And, they had the desired effect - looking through your post, I found myself reliving the beauty all over again. Thank you for that! :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Oh, that Monarda! :^)

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