One beef about this trek: it should have another T added for Treasure because you have to pay-pay-pay for all the different legs. Including parking down at the SWF garage which was $16.00!!!! (Add another T for gnashing of Teeth!)
More about it: 4-T Trail
Pictured above are Michael and Jim with me in front of the Zoo gift shop.
And then breakfast this morning at the Screen Door in SE Portland. I had blintzes, but the granny at the next table, hair in bun, cane, had the waffles with fried chicken which is a large waffle topped with a HUGE pile of fried chicken in a stack, skewered with a huge knife. Not enough nerve to take a picture of her though!!!!
Have a great weekend!
To download a signup form, here's the link:
We are hoping for pre registration to be complete by September 15.
We will have a design panel, lunch, specials, product info, music, and goodies at all the six business locations.
You can sign up by mail or by talking with Susan at the market.
If you have questions, her number is (503) 289-1500 x 5
Flower of the day: the spray rose Mimi Eden in an arrangement I saw at the Hortifair in Amsterdam in 2009. With red fall leaves, rose hips. Peterkort Roses grows Mimi Eden and lots of other spray rose varieties! See "What We Grow" for more details.
And he forgets to turn it off at night, so twice I have had a rude awakening at 3 a.m. when the blinkin' thing decides to turn on.
(He's sleeping upstairs on market mornings so I don't wake him up!)
I told him if it happens again a screeching, snarling harpy with teeth and fingernails (me) will run upstairs and attack!
So far this has worked...
Look at this gorgeous lily pictured. It's called Rio Negro, a dark hot pink oriental lily. Peterkort Roses will have this lily available into the fall. It's a Sumatra-like flower but a better shape. If you are looking for Sumatra try Rio Negro. It opens better too...We also have the wonderful Conca d'Or from now into the fall. This is a huge pale yellow oriental lily.
We know Johan also from the Portland Flower Market because he and his wife Shelly grow lilies for cut flowers and compete with us down there! (But we still like him anyway!)
Johan was testing some new lily varieties in our greenhouse, so he was visiting to see how they are doing.
We have been growing lilies for about three years now. It is good to try something new after many many years of growing just the roses. We have had good reception to our lilies from our florist customers. Our lilies, because of the way we grow them, have beautiful rich color and nice big flowers, also very long stems.
Give our lilies a try!
Challenges for us in the greenhouse - it gets really hot. The greenhouse effect which causes the greenhouse to heat up more easily really gets going when the sun comes out full blast. What are solutions? Mainly shade. In the old days we used to spray a (harmless) inert substance (I think it was chalk mixed with something to make it stick) onto the outside of the glass, which was called, guess what, "shade." It was white and made it a lot cooler inside.
Now we have shade curtains which can be drawn across halfway so some sun still gets through. It's better than our old "shade" because it doesn't wash off in the rain, but it is not as effective...
It's confusing with these holidays. I hope everybody has a nice weekend.
Pictured is the east range of our rose greenhouse group. The shadowy stuff on the ends of the houses is the stephanotis vine. It climbs and climbs until it can't climb any more!
Happy holiday...grateful to those who brought us our freedom and way of life. Last winter I was called for jury duty, and judge Michael Marcus gave an inspiring talk to us potential jurors about the responsibilities of citizenship. Serving in the armed forces, serving on juries, and voting were among the important ones he noted.
As a descendent of immigrants who came here to enjoy greater freedom, I felt it was an important message. "That which thy forefathers hath bequeathed unto thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it!" (Goethe)