Parting Shots at Portland’s Japanese Garden

My wife and I have never driven I-5 through the Northwest in October. This year we did, en route to Southern California. The autumn leaves were gorgeous all along the interstate, mostly yellow with occasional spots of orange and red. They helped break up the monotony of having gone this route many times before. When... Continue Reading →

Portland Beauty

If there is one outstanding beauty in Portland, Oregon, my vote goes to this laceleaf maple that shines the brightest in late fall at the Japanese Garden. I was fortunate to see it in its full glory when I passed through the city last Sunday on my way home to Seattle. Five years ago, I... Continue Reading →

Fall Colors at the Washington Park Japanese Garden (Portland, OR)

Our visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens this past May convinced us that we should make a return trip in October to catch the fall colors. As it turns out, the best time would have been next week, but a prior commitment prevented us from going then. Still, the Japanese maples have begun to color.... Continue Reading →

Washington Park Japanese Garden (Portland, OR)

Moss is your friend. At least, that's what I try to tell my friends who've been battling to remove it from their Seattle lawns. I have long since given moss full sway in my front yard rather than covering it with sod. I'm allergic to grass anyway. After many years of inattention, there is a... Continue Reading →

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