It's planting time here in the Pacific Northwest; vegetables, annuals and all varieties of landscape shrubs. Landscape and nursery stock is the number one cash crop for Oregon. Plants thrive in our rich soil, abundant water and mild temperatures.
Just outside my little town are fields of flowers, rows of well-pruned topiaries and acres of nursery seedlings in bloom.
I should be preparing for a large trade show I'll be attending in only a few short weeks. Instead, I'm taking off to enjoy one of my favorite days of the year; May Day!
If you visit my part of the country, there are many gardens and farms that are a must-see. I'll be touring most of them. What inspiration for paintings! Here are some of my favorite places to see this time of year...
|Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens|
|Schreiners Iris Gardens|
|Peony Gardens near Salem|
Most have gift shops, sell cut flower arrangements, plants and some, such as Deepwood, offer a high tea the first Saturday of each month and for special occasions.
I hope that you, too, take some time today to smell the flowers and fresh spring air. Life's too short to not enjoy these colorful gifts that God has given us.