Portland is known for its roses. They bloom effortlessly. One of the parks in the city (it’s one the side of mountain) has a rose garden with hundreds of varieties of roses. (The Japanese garden that lies above the rose garden is worth every penny of the entrance fee.) The rose garden, Japanese garden, and the Chinese garden downtown are all well worth a visit when you are in Portland.
These are Mother’s Day roses my son in Portland, Oregon, picked from his yard and sent to me well cushioned, wrapped in a plastic bag, with the cut stems swaddled in wet paper towels. They were a little squashed when they arrived but they took water and revived nicely after I recut the stems.