Our visit to Portland, Oregon
Did you know it's known as the City of Roses! Boy they sure do grow them well out there and it seemed like just about every house had some growing in their yards. They all looked so healthy and bug free too.
We went to the International Rose Test Garden which is amazing. I snapped dozens of pictures which I'm going to flood the page with.
I wasn't in the park 10 seconds and spotted this one that is totally unique!
Rock & Roll Grandiflora Rose
Just to prove to you that I really was there- a little haggard but I was there!
This one had the most amazing smell of them all.
New Zealand Hybrid Tea Rose
The sizes of some of these were just huge- 6 to 8 inches across!
Daughter wasn't too thrilled to pose for me but I begged.
These were amazing. As they continue to open they get more ruffly.
I wished we had been there early in the morning. I think my pictures would have been better.
These red roses we gorgeous but the picture doesn't do them justice.
This is literally a testing ground for new roses. They've been issuing Gold Medal awards since 1919 for the ones they select.
It was hard to get a picture without anyone in it. I had to snap fast and generally didn't have a 2nd opportunity for another one.
There wasn't anyone around to ask questions but I was curious how they feed them and prevent bugs from eating them. Everything was in perfect shape and seemed disease free.
These were interesting. Multiple flower heads appearing as one big one- they remind me of hydrangeas.
This big archway was in constant use for photos.
We didn't even finish the whole garden tour. It was unusually hot there so we had to cut it a bit short.
Of course we did a lot of other things but I thought I'd share this bounty of pictures of the roses with my gardening friends!