Saturday, January 20, 2018

Spring flowers in the PNW

Being new to the Pacific Northwest means that I’m allowed to talk about the weather, even more so than native Portlanders. The weather in Oregon is quite different than the weather in my home state of Wisconsin. I’m slowly learning to adjust to the Pacific’s ‘wet cold’ winter conditions, which are much different from the Midwest’s typical ‘dry cold.’ To be honest, some days the rainy and cold forecast here in Portland feels colder to me than the below freezing temps that I had grown accustomed to back home. I’d have to say the greatest thing about all the rain and considerably milder temps is the absolutely wonderful spring and spring flowers! I’m amazed by how prolonged spring is here and thrilled that it isn’t just identified by dirty melting snow and the discovery of trash and matted down dead grass. Over the past week or so, I’ve taken photos of some of the neighborhood’s most beautiful flowering trees and plants: cherry, apple, Dogwood, Lavender, Wisteria, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Clematis, Iris, and others that I haven’t learned the names of yet. Unfortunately these photos are unable to capture the fresh spring smells and blossom perfumes that stream through the air, which makes going on a bike ride or walk even more enjoyable… I highly recommend doing so soon before summer consumes us!

Thanks for reading, and happy spring.  -L