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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Flowers in the Snow
by Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes
Yes, two days into the official spring season and Portland, Oregon was blessed with another small snowstorm, dropping 1- 3 inches all around town. As with all the other light dustings earlier this month, the snow was brief but beautiful. It snowed just enough to make a good size snowperson and to also cover the plants and houses with a fluffy blanket of the white stuff.
Even as we wait for spring with bated breath, it is worth it to say goodbye to winter with fond memories, so I snapped a few pictures.
I love how the clear red of these tulips, possibly Tulipa ‘Red Ridinghood’, shine against the pure white of the snow.
Look at this sweet, little, pink rosette of a camellia. The snow makes it look like frosting on a birthday cake. I don’t know the names of many of the camellias around my property, but I sure do enjoy them. Now I wish I had stopped to take a few more pictures.
Photographed in author's garden.
Jeanne is a geographer by training and trade, but she always had an interest in ecosystems, forest and plant habitats. Her gardens at home reflect a love of Pacific Northwest natives, Asian shade plants, such as Arisaema, and the grouping and collecting of plants by geographic region. As a freelance writer and a hobbyist gardener with ten years of experience working her garden, she enjoys touring gardens, and discussing and writing about plants.