After our marathon month we were ready for a little down time with the kids. The only way we can seem to get a real break from working is to actually physically leave our property. Otherwise something always comes up and we get sucked back into the farm drama trap.
Portland is a beautiful city, just four hours south of our place and it seemed like the perfect quick weekend getaway spot to recharge our depleted batteries. I guess I’m in the right line of work because even on vacation, all I want to do is see, feel, photograph and talk about flowers. I made sure to book hotel rooms with big pools and room service so that the kids could goof off and relax while I tromped through a few flower fields.
Just outside of the city is my favorite rose grower, Peterkort Roses. I’ve been longing to pay them a visit for years now and last weekend that dream finally came true. Chris took hundreds of photos and we’re working on a great interview with them that will debut here shortly. In the meantime if you’re looking for a source for amazing roses (garden, spray and standard varieties, plus maidenhair fern) they offer national shipping. I can vouch for both their exceptional quality and great customer service. We use their roses in every single wedding and workshop here at Floret. Be sure to tell Norman I sent you!
On our way through town we crashed the Mother’s Day bouquet madness at Fieldwork Flowers. I’ve been a huge fan of theirs on Instagram and can say the visit didn’t disappoint. Another killer interview coming soon and I can’t wait to share their story and inspiring business model with you all here. Can you ever stand how beautiful that pink Viburnum plicatum ‘Mary Milton’ is?
The next stop was Schreiner’s Iris Garden in Salem. I’m still processing the beauty that we saw there. It’s actually quite hard to put it into words. The display garden is one of the best I’ve seen, chocked full of the most stunning bearded iris and glorious perennials you can imagine. A true bucket list experience. My wish list contains at least 50 beauties and narrowing my order is going to be tough. If you get the chance, I highly recommend going. It’s one of those things you just need to see in your lifetime.
While the kids ate sugar cereal and watched cartoons in the hotel (a rare treat) we jetted to a few more local spots including Adelman Peony Gardens and Brooks Gardens Peonies. Their flowers were much farther ahead than ours here at home. We discovered a few new treasures that’ll make it into our own fields this fall including a massive raspberry peony called ‘Command Performance’.
Driving home, as the kids slept, Chris and I talked through all of our new ideas and all of the inspiration that we saw. It’s amazing what 48 hours away from home can do for your soul. Especially when flowers are involved!
What other fun flower getaways need to be added to our to-do list? The sweet pea festival in England is on there. What else?