Return to Crystal Springs

Dear Liza,

Spring is really getting into gear here in Portland, even though it has been chilly and rainy. Friday was predicted to be our one sunny day between ten solid days of rain, so we headed out to see some pretty things.

Grandpa Nelson and I have walked the three miles to this lovely garden several times, but this time we needed to do grocery shopping on the way home, so Auntie Bridgett came along and we took the car.

The hellebores are still blooming all over the place, even though it is late spring and nicely warm in the sunshine. Their muted colors, which are so welcome in February, seem almost out of place in the bright sunshine.

The tulip magnolias are knocking themselves out, looking gorgeous against the bright blue sky.

Some spectacular late blooming daffodils were still around, bobbing in the breeze.

Grandpa Nelson is still recovering from jet lag and really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the garden.

Grape hyacinths and daffodils shone in the sunshine.

This was Bridgett’s first time at the garden, and she fell in love with it. Whenever we found a bench to relax on, she brought out her sketchbook and art bits and made adorable little sketches.

We loved the garden so much that we became members, so we can go for free anytime we want. It is just a short bike ride, and bit longer bus ride, or an hour walk from our house, the perfect distance for a picnic.

And the next time you are in town, we’ll go there.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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