Today it rained. Not a big deal, really, if you live in Western Oregon. The thing is, yesterday and the four days before were sunny an beautiful! With nothing to do but play in the garden yesterday, I was looking forward to the monthly meeting with my HPSO study group. (Hardy Plant Society of Oregon). And naturally, the weather took a wet turn.
But we are a pretty hardy group, and a little rain will never stop us from coming together to enjoy a great garden, landscape, nursery or lunch spot! So this morning we met underneath dripping leaves, holding umbrellas, to walk through a little gem of a garden in St. Paul, Oregon. Cecil & Molly Smith Garden is planted under a canopy of native Douglas firs. The many pathways take you on a tour of wooded views featuring the over 600 rhododendrons and azaleas. Under-planted with myriad woodland species – there is something beautiful to see at every turn.
From the entrance we walked under towering trees, around corners to hillsides planted with ferns, false Solomon’s seal, bleeding hearts, hellebore’s, trillium, and even Jack-in-the-pulpit (arisaema triphyllum). We admired the new foliage on these amazing plants, oohh’d and ahhh’d over blooms ranging in size from a thimble to the size of a teacup. We even spotted a lovely banana slug, which was duly admired by myself and a Master Gardener friend that specializes in educating the public on slugs and snails.
It was a beautiful day – even with the rain. In fact, I would have to say that the rain enhanced the beauty of the grounds and the foliage in the forest.
Enjoy the photos – to view the photos in a slideshow format simply click on the first photo and go from there.
*S. If you need me, I will be in the garden