Ah! It's good to be home! Oxygen? My smog-filled lungs aren't used to that!
When my parents moved into this neighborhood, there were only five houses on our street. This whole back area used to be filled with trees. It's being developed much faster than I'd like and I rarely see deer, rabbits, or partridges as often as I used to. :(
It's still a work in progress, but do you want to see my parents' garden? This is the view straight down from "my" bedroom window. Yup, I still have a room reserved just for me. :)
To the left corner is my mom's rose garden.
Let's go downstairs and out the front door. Lil' sis painted that picture for my mom. The begonia was once a small cutting I got from a friend. My mom has since made multiple begonia cuttings and passed them on to me.
So fragrant. I don't know it's name in English.
Bong xu (Vietnamese desert rose). I brought back cuttings from my last trip to Vietnam. There's one on each side of the door.
Then we go around the side so you can see my mom's nursery where she plants edibles and propagates more plants. Look at her upside-down tomato plant. In front of it is the persimmon tree lil' sis and I brought up. Can you see lil' sis grinning in the window?
My mom drove past a house that had one of these upside-down tomato plants. So she decided to make her own by forcing it through the bottom of a regular pot. No need for fancy equipment. It seems to produce more tomatoes than planted upright too. Go figure.
This is the small nursery my dad built for my mom so she could grow all their edibles. The chayote vine keeps coming back year after year. Cucumbers on the right down below. Let's go inside, shall we?
Look at the size of my mom's strawberry plants!
She's propagating more roses.
Su su (Vietnamese chayote).
It's Penny and Sebastien, my parents' chihuahuas. They've been with us since they were two months old. They're 13 years old now. Poor Sebastien, he's had this skin condition since he was a baby and the bald spot keeps getting bigger and bigger. We've tried every medicine the vet gives us to no avail.
Yay! Penny jumps for joy because I'm home. :)
Sebastien is a little more subdued than his sister.
We continue our tour on the right side. My mom bought the lighted reindeer at the thrift store for about $4. She's trying to train a small ivy to make it a topiary.
Continuing on, you see pomegranate, plum, and nectarine trees.
Anyone know what the giant plant is? My mom bought it as a bareroot for $5 because the bag said it was a shade tree and they figured it would shade the basement window. Only three months old and the leaves are big enough to hide behind. My parents eventually chopped this tree down and replaced it with the persimmon tree we brought up.
Mom's rose garden.
More winding paths.
Sebastien sunning himself.
Please? Come play!
The view going back. All those boulders? Big. Heavy. My daddy carried and placed every single one of them himself.
Every. Single. Boulder.
View of fuchsias and the grapevine from below the deck.
My brother didn't want his fountain anymore so my parents made a spot for it in their garden. They also keep some plants in pots and then bury those underground to limit their size.
Lil' sis' artistic shots.
Another view from above.
Bye everyone! Come back and play with us soon!
All Oregon posts can be found in the tag, Series: Oregon. I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
I-5 From LA to Portland
Mom and Dad's Garden
Burgerville - Portland - Oregon
Hakatamon - Beaverton - Oregon
I Think I'll Go For a Walk Outside Now...
Vista Point - Oregon City
End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - Oregon City
Stevens-Crawford Heritage House - Oregon City
Museum of the Oregon Territory - Oregon City
Mom's Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes)
Bonneville Lock and Dam - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Bonneville Hatchery - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Horsetail Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Wahkeena Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Bridal Veil Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Historic Columbia River Highway - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Latourell Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Crown Point Vista House - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Banh Cuon Tan Dinh - Portland - Oregon (Closed)
Downtown Portland - Oregon
Lan Su Chinese Garden (Portland Classical Chinese Garden) - Portland - Oregon
Powell's City of Books - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Geoduck, Dynamite-Style and Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
How to Prepare Geoduck and Razor Clams
Geoduck, Japanese Dynamite-style
Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
Le Bistro Montage - Portland - Oregon
Kenny and Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon
1 year ago today, persimmon bread.
2 years ago today, BCD Tofu House - Rowland Heights.