dressed-up trees

plum trees

All over town, the trees have donned their Easter bonnets and are letting us know in no uncertain terms that Spring is indeed a fact of life.

Naito Parkway/Steel Bridge

If I were called upon to judge this Easter Parade, the prize would go to this long line of beauties stretching along the west bank of the Willamette River. I especially enjoy the contrast between their pouffiness and the industrial look of the Steel Bridge in the background.

blossoms up close

At close range, one is enveloped by a scent that is at once forceful and yet as delicate as the blossoms.

entry stele

But let’s back up and enter the park as was intended. We are greeted by this column with a bas-relief of a Japanese elder carrying a child, the first clue that the park is dedicated to those Americans who endured internment camps in wartime.


Natural boulders are set into the courtyard, each incised with a poem or statement honoring them.


With more of the same all along the embankment.

trees and the river

See that patch of blue sky? We Portlanders do not take such things for granted. People were out in force, lolling on the grass, strolling along the river and grinning ear to ear. Gotta jump on it when we can, because tomorrow, it will surely rain.

trees behind fence

On the way home, I spotted these fluffy trees in huge planters behind the chain link fence at Bedford & Brown. This is the place to go if you are in the market for estate scale pots and statuary. That would not be me, but I have to stop by to gawk every once in a while.

Bedford & Brown sidewalk

This shot was taken looking down the sidewalk in front of Bedford & Brown. The street trees are magnolias.

arborvitae and ivy

Here’s a closer look at the arborvitae that march along the fence at regular intervals with ivy growing on cables to form those cross-bars in the spaces between. I think of this as a striking example of the use of mundane materials to create a fine effect. Heck, the chain link fence even works, because it allows us to peek into the sculpture yard even when the place is closed. A disclaimer about English ivy: it is deadly in the wild, but you can see why people like it. This composition filled in from a scrawny beginning in something like 3 or 4 years. They keep it closely trimmed, so it is not about to produce the berries that birds might drop in Forest Park to eventually strangle the trees there. Have you any ideas for an alternative plant that could substitute for the ivy here? If we want to stamp out invasive English ivy, we will have to think of something.

6 thoughts on “dressed-up trees

  1. Grace~I was counting on you for some ivy alternatives.

    James~The ground is actually still quite wet, but if we let that stop us, there would be no picnics until late July.

  2. There’s something really special about that row of cherries. I love seeing them from the Steele Bridge as I cross on MAX.

    I’m also a fan of Bedford & Brown. I even bought two pots there! As for Ivy alternatives, how about Bishop’s Weed? Ha ha!

  3. Ricki~~ Ivy alternatives? Hmm… Everything I can think of is equally invasive at least in my garden. 🙂 The question you had about ‘Henryi’ clemmy… It was in my garden when we moved here. I’m not even positive that it’s Henryi but from the photos I’m pretty sure. I bet Joy Creek has it though because they’ve got every clemmy ever grown…well almost.

  4. Jane~Ha ha, indeed. I guess anything that would fill in that fast would be equally invasive.

    Grace~Joy Creek is practically my next-door-neighbor, so I have been pestering Maurice about Henryi…guess I’ll just have to step up my efforts.

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