Rowena Plateau wildflowers in early April

The giant HPSO plant sale, renamed Hortlandia with a nod to the Peabody winning (WWTT) TV series ‘Portlandia’, which lifted its name from the sculpture on the Portland Building by Michael Graves (I know, I know…way more info than you need) has come and gone. Here is why I missed the first day: Saturday.

Bob n Laurie

Our good friends Bob and Laurie are avid wind surfers. Since the Columbia River Gorge offers some of the best, they built a house in Mosier to be closer to the wind, the sun and the river. We have had a standing invitation to visit, and when that Saturday dawned bright and sunny, off we went.

rock outcropping

If you have been following this blog at all, you know that I never met a rock that failed to capture my heart. The Gorge, then, is pure bliss. After visiting over snacks, we headed for Tom McCall Park, also known as Rowena Plateau, where many trails lead from the road to the cliff overlooking the river.

the Columbia River beyond the cliff

In the springtime, the main attraction is the parade of wildflowers strewn along the path. I made an effort to track down the names, with only moderate success. There is an informational board at the trailhead, but I was not equipped to take notes. Maybe next time.

Lomatium columbialum

Columbia desert parsley, or Lomatium columbialum

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tiny???

Later in the season, when the balsamroot comes along things get showy and bold, but now one must look closely to spot the dainty blossoms sprinkled here and there.

grass widow

The hand is there to steady the ‘Grass Widow’ for the camera, but it also gives you an idea of scale.

Fritillaria pudica

Yellow Bells, or Fritillaria pudica

So that, my dears, is what kept me from the first day of ‘Hortlandia’. Next, I will fill you in on what led to my second day of truancy.

5 Responses to “Rowena Plateau wildflowers in early April”

  1. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    Excellent excuse for your truancy and gorgeous little flowers. Besides, you caught up with new plants at our PGB plant exchange!

  2. Grace Says:

    I suppose that’s a legitimate excuse. Better than mine. :) The rocks and wildflowers look wonderful and your friends look like great people.

  3. Loree /danger garden Says:

    I must show these fabulous rock formations to Andrew…he will love them!

    (and just think of all the money you saved!)

  4. ricki Says:

    Jane~Oh yes…plenty of planting left to do.

    Grace~So I am left wondering: what was your excuse?

    Loree~By all means, take him there! And Angel’s Rest, if you have not been there yet.

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