November in Vermont is a gray, wet month. The fall foliage has come and gone and we’ve entered into what my husband calls “stick season”! I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful gardens we enjoyed on our recent trip to the west coast!Hydrangas

Our first week was spent in Portland, Oregon. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that it is really a much gentler climate than we have in Vermont! The leaves were still on the trees; some of them were just beginning to change color.Portland fall color

I loved all the walking trails behind my daughter’s neighborhood.

Walking trails

Walking trails

I noticed that many of the houses had small gardens tucked behind them.Small backyard gardens

We also explored both the Japanese Gardens and the Chinese Gardens. Both were amazing. I loved the simplicity of the Japanese Garden, everywhere you looked there was beauty.Portland Chinese Gardens The highlight of the Japanese Garden was definitely the koi!koiAcross the road from the Japanese Gardens were the Portland Rose Gardens, I was surprised to see the roses still in full bloom! Even nicer was the fact that there were honey bees everywhere!Roses

Even some of the trees at the Rose Gardens were covered in flowers!Portland Rose Gardens The Portland Chinese Gardens take up a whole city block and are right in the midst of tall buildings. However once you enter into the gardens you would never know you were in the middle of the city. Japanese GardensIt was so quiet and peaceful.Japanese Gardens

All too soon it was time to head to Seattle. I really enjoyed our time in Portland and can’t wait to go back!Autumn LeavesLinked To: Tuesday GardenParty, OutdoorWednesday, WordlessWednesdayHop


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