The Year at Peace Meal Garden

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Location: The Oregon Cascades, near PDX, United States

Our home in the Oregon Cascades, provides us with peaceful days, and star-filled nights. We are grateful for fresh air, clean water, and enough space for our garden.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

For our young friend, Sam: 1975-2007
"No matter what forms we observe, but particualrly in the organic, we shall find nowhere anything enduring, resting, completed...but rather that everything is in continuous motion." Goethe

"I experience a well of grief...an upwelling of sorrow and tears that seem to come from the very heart of the earth...dark, cold and unimaginably deep. Grief is like water: we can drown in it, but we can also drink from it, be strengthened and nourished by it. Our grief and saddness reflect our ablility to feel...to love...and to mourn the loss of what we have loved so dearly." Starhawk
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It's time to make your plans for the Oregon Country Fair...http://oregoncountryfair.org
photo by Geoffrey Squire~!
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Carolina Allspice...a big red Peony, and even more Iris colors!


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Mid-May Garden...a bigger view...and the pathway back towards our "Sacred Grove"

...We planted all the trees in the grove as tiny saplings, and we've added only native species...mostly various Fir trees, Alders, Dogwoods, Cedars, Willamette Valley Pines, and Hawthornes. The center of the grove is a big circle, where we can camp and have bonfires!

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A large flock of Black Headed Grosbeaks is calling our seed feeder "home" this year...sometimes there are as many as 20 at a time!

We're getting a lot more of the forest birds since our "grove" is finally maturing into some larger trees for habitat.

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Azaelea...Persian Lilacs...Wigelia, and Sweet Alyssum...I wish this blog had capacity to generate fragrence! Nothing smells fresher than our yard in May!


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More colors of Iris...


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Various Columbines...

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The robins returned to our barn, again this year...building their fabulous nest on top of our orchard ladder, and producing a new family of four...

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Rhodie Close-Up...a bigger view...and then one that shows the awesome size of this beauty that lives next to our front door. When this plant blooms, the whole room inside the window is bathed in pink light! Very cosmic!

In our neighborhood there are Rhodies that were planted in pioneer times...they are two stories high, and they produce huge walls of blossoms! Rhodies come in many colors, but around here this is the most common. You can find this color in the forest...native to Oregon...but not this big!

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I wanted to give you a little perspective...first a close-up of the blossoms that fell from the Chinese Empress tree...then a shot taken from the back porch...and finally the big picture...! The tree is between 40-50 feet tall, and when it's covered in blossoms, it smells terrific! When we planted this tree it was in a one gallon pot...so we've seen it grow A LOT...

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