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Oregon Coast

We drove along the Oregon Coast recently.
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I stood on the overlook at
Devil’s Punch Bowl and saw
these alyssum flowers on a ledge.
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It is pretty amazing to me
that any plant can survive,
much less thrive, living in the sand.
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I noticed a number of wildflowers
on the highway along the beach.
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This yellow blossom was my favorite.
It grew in clumps along the road.
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Queen Anne’s Lace is a prolific grower.
Can you see some of the blossoms have gone to seed?
The seed burrs are most annoying;
I have picked them out of too many socks.
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Everlasting Sweet Peas grow along many roadsides.
I accidentally planted them in my own flower garden.
They are near impossible to eliminate.
But they sure look pretty along the highway.
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Dandelions grow everywhere!

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Aster or Astor, What’s the Diff?

Variations in the spelling of American’s surnames,
leads me to wonder if these words have the same origin.
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From a discount plant at the end of summer,
this flower has become invasive here.
Okay, if I deadheaded conscientiously,
there would probably be significant number
of fewer garden additions.
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Interestingly, three colors of flowered plants have evolved.
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Pike Place Market

In Seattle, the Pike Place Market is famous
for fish, seafood and every other type of
food, craft, flowers,
and the bounty of this city’s homegrown.
A giant farmer’s market open 363 days of the year.
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There were a number
of floral vendors.
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Sunflowers were $1 a stem,
Less, if a dozen were purchased.
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I saw many people
carrying purchased bouquets.
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Dried flower arrangements
of statice in various colors.
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Chihuly Glass Garden

On a visit to Seattle,
we were able to see
a most unusual and beautiful garden.
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The sign said that his mother’s garden
was an early inspiration.
Above is the entrance view.
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Opposite end of the long room
from the first photo.
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A side view.
The glass indoors was set on mirrors.
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A boat-load of ikebana items.
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The outdoor gardens were
color-coordinated and well-kept.

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Can you see which sculpture
reminds me of a Venus Fly Trap?
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Orange sun sculpture is part of a different display,
and still glamorous!
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Chihuly Garden and Glass is
near the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.


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Fun with a Fish Eye (camera lens, that is :)

I have spent an extraordinary amount of time this last month, weeding.
The flower beds are not near perfect, but have never looked so good.

Above are two views of the same flower bed.
Foreground is Shasta daisies, bearded Iris and lavenders.
Foxglove, daffodils, and iris live further back.
A couple of canna lilies are the recent additions.

There is a fence (we call it a ‘flower jail’) along the edge of the deck.
Inside live an azalea, peony, hosta, calla lilies, camellia,
tulips, tree peony, stock, rhododendron and a few others.
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If this bed were planned before planting,
the Japanese maples would be at each end with the
contorted filbert (aka Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
– where that name came from, must be a good story)
in the middle instead of on the left end.

Santolina, teucrium (germander), hyssop, more bearded iris (they multiply!)
with lots of Greek oregano as groundcover are the main plants here.

I had read in a novel that daylilies could hold a hillside in place,
so I planted and re-planted them behind.
California poppies are multiplying slowly, and the weeds here are prolific.
Specially after our wet winter.

Anyway – above are some views of the front & back of my yard.
You are introduced to some of what I care take.
Isn’t the fish eye lens cool?  What a view!