Monday, 4 July 2011

Rows of Roses





On Wednesday there was an admin-type meeting in the middle of the conference programme, so I skipped out with a group of colleagues (it's called "networking", right...?) to go and look around a bit more of Portland. After some confusion over just exactly how much of the public transport network in the city is free, we reached the International Rose Test Garden. It's basically a little park, packed with a huge variety of roses. Everything was labelled but I didn't really pay much attention to the names - only to the pretty blooms!



Of course, having so many varieties of rose in one place means that some of them were already turning and dropping petals, while others were still in bud. There can be no single perfect time to visit a garden like this one - but I'd still recommend dropping in if you're in the area any time during the flowering season. It's free admission, and a nice spot for a stroll - the colours brightened up an otherwise rather grey day.





10 comments:

Tabor said...

I would spend all day taking pictures! Lovely shots.

nina kuriloff said...

beautiful photographs! i love the first one!!!

BECKY said...

Oh, Rachel....those are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

You knew I would love this entry! Bliss!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Networking amongst the roses, why of course Rachel. :)

Rachel said...

And no doubt they smelt gorgeous too!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

They are so beautiful.

Jenny Woolf said...

I think the top ones are my favourites too, because of their beautiful shape.

yogurt said...

So many beautiful roses. And in Portland? Who knew?

Kazzy said...

Wow, those top ones are so full and lovely! Nice shots!

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