Our weather forecast called for an 80% chance of rain, but anyone who has spent any time at all in the Pacific Northwest knows that we don’t let a little rain hamper our plans. So off we went, my husband and I, to explore Shreiner’s Iris Gardens near Salem, Oregon. Shreiner’s opens its display gardens for a couple of weeks every mid-May through early June, and we were treated to the most wonderful sensory overload: gorgeous layers of flowers–lupine, Giant Allium, Columbine, Roses, and of course, Irises in so many varieties and colors it made my head spin. Scattered throughout the gardens were artists busy at work on their easels next to displays of their work. Classical music wafted between rows of blossoms, thanks to the talent of a young man on a keyboard in a wine-tasting tent.
As it turned out, the skies didn’t open up and rain on us. In fact, it was sunny and bright, with just enough cloud cover to soften the light for photographers like me who were flitting from flower to flower like pollen-heavy bees.
I’d never seen Giant Allium quite that…giant. I made a mental list to plant a few rhizomes in my flowerbed.
Columbine has never looked so pretty, either. I had no idea they were available in so many colors! This pink Columbine was one of my favorites:
I was also awed by the gorgeous lupine, in deep shades of purple-pink and blue. So much so, in fact, that I decided to turn one of my prints into a decorative throw pillow.
I’m a little sunburned and my feet weren’t too happy after walking the ten-acre gardens, but there’s nothing quite like expecting rain and finding something else! And if you’re wondering where the IRIS photos are…well, stay tuned. I have 350 images to edit.