Friday, May 31, 2013

In Vino Veritas


 We headed out to the wine country last weekend for a little eau de vie, as I like to call it.  It was a little chilly and overcast, but the vines were beautiful, and loaded with tinytinytiny grapes.  Seriously, they were the size of glass pinheads. 

 It was our first visit to A Blooming Hill Vineyard, and it was lovely.  We tasted some chewy pinot noirs and juicy rieslings.

 I need this.  Too funny.

  I just love an afternoon of wine-ing, don't you.

Swinging among the vines.  Like Tarzan.  But not. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Spring has Sprung

 One of my favorite things about spring in the Pacific Northwest is the first trip to the nursery.  After being cooped up all winter, there is nothing better than a little meander through the aisles of 4" and gallon potted plants to set things right.  On this particular day, we had a little rain the night before.  Those little "buttons" in the center of the lupine plants?  Tiny rain puddles.  Awesome.

 I have a few favorite nurseries around town.  This is one of them.  Loen Nursery in Sherwood.  Lots of little pathways and secret corners tucked away amongst the greenery.  This buddha head is about 3' tall.  Love it.

 And this one is only about a foot tall.  Love his little bald head.

 Stacks and stacks of plant saucers, in a bunch of fab colors.

 And around the corner in the next aisle, pots to match, in sizes you didn't even know you needed.

 A flowering plum.  Love these colors.

 Really love them, I guess, since I took multiple shots.  Oh, and there's the blue sky peeking out from the clouds.  Perfect.

 I just love a Japanese maple, but I superduperlove this one with the red limbs. 

 A little pagoda amidst the delphinium and clematis.

 She's about 5 feet tall, and I am in love with her.

 She makes me feel peaceful simply by looking at her photo again.

 The hardest part, is deciding what to take home.

 How does your garden grow?