Saturday, April 30, 2011


Allium is in the onion family but does not have a pungent odor. For years I thought that all allium were purple but I now have a giant white one.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


This impressive bansei exhibit shows a mountain woodland scene. At the suggestion of the guide, I sat down for a closer look. and the image I took shows a beautiful Oregon wilderness trail complete with moss covered rocks and trees.

Chinese Garden

David and Frances took us to visit the Chinese Garden in downtown Portland.
The weather is still very blustery.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Field Trip

We went to the tulip fields at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn Oregon. The clouds surrounded us all day but allowed us to enjoy the amazing tulips unhindered by the weather.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Oregon Coast

We walked the beach and Jan kicked up her heels.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Oregon Coast

On the weekend we drove to the beautiful Oregon coast which as usual was windy and chilly and moist. We stayed at Debbie and Rich's beach house opposite Twin Rocks.
The scenes and lighting are spectacular.

Friday, April 22, 2011

David and Frances

These are portraits of David and Frances at Jeff and
Melanies house. David looks very much like our father,
Arch D. Sessions.

Party at Jeff and Melanies

This week we flew to Portland Oregon where we stayed with Lee and Danny. We also saw David and Frances and many other relatives and friends. These portraits of Danny and Lee were taken at a wonderful dinner party at Jeff and Melanies place in & on Lake Oswego.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Virginia Blue Bells

Mertensia virginica These delicate blue bells grow by trees behind the southern gnome garden. They are slightly hidden by the large green leaves which are preparing for the surprise lilies.

First Columbine

Aquillegia is Latin for eagle. The shape of the petals resembles an eagles claw. These red columbines have been in the gnome garden since the early 70's.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Amaryllis Decapitated

In a strange scene right out of a John Irving novel, Amaryllis was decapitated by the upper half of a large tree which fell on the unsuspecting nymph as she maintained her position unafraid of the deadly storm.

Celandine Poppy

Stylophorus diphyllum is a native perennial which grows by the stairs in the lower green garden. It re-blooms for months if there is plenty of rain.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Leather Leaf Viburnam

This plant was severely frozen last winter and lost many leaves. It bloomed on time but
new growth is showing up mainly at the base.


This beautifully hand painted angel birdbath is named Amaryllis and has been on the deck at Innsbrook for many years to the delight of many birds and racoons.


My azaleas are a combination of "Herbert" and "Karen" for longer color. I still love the purple color.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Grape Hyacinth

This beautiful purple hyacinth was in the rocks by the front walk.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Swing

Today I installed a new Pawley's Island swing on a tree in the field. Jan had a long standing request which has finally been fulfilled.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Orange Tulip

This is a really rich orange color. I am disappointed with my tulips only because they do not last long enough.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


The tulips come in many different shapes and colors.

Friday, April 8, 2011


It is the depth of color which makes tulips so spectacular.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Tulip

Once they start blooming the tulips explode.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


The daffodils come in several different colors and forms. The "double" is almost like a camelia.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


When this delicate little hyacinth shows up each spring it is a signal for the gnomes to come out and play.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool

The azaleas are budding but that did not stop the late snow fall. The snow was gone the next day. The flag reads "You Are My Sunshine".