These photos from trip yesterday at the Portland Rose Garden.   It's the perfect time, most were in bloom and rose scent permeated the air.  Portland's garden has a predominance of Hybrid Tea roses, although there are other types.  Probably thousands of rose bushes there. 

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Roses have an interesting evolutionary history as well as being good examples of the effects of the Columbian exhange / globalization of local species, but I'll leave that for another post.  My grandfather's sisters started Hybrid Teas in their yard by sticking prunings into the ground then making a mini-greenhouse using a pickle or sauerkraut jar.  I have several that I started in a similar way.

 

The multipetaled center tells me this is not a Hybrid Tea, more in the style of English Roses and newer hybrids. 

Sometimes I think I experience too much through the camera.  Then again,looking back at the photo I think "that's very cool".

You can't take a picture in portland without noting a view of the local volcano, so here it is from the rose garden.  I couldn't get Mt. Hood and roses in the same shot.  The garden is situated above the city, so you get a few towers in the pic as well.

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These are so beautiful! What a great sunny day you had, was it yesterday? We had heavy rain yesterday. 

Perfect start for a bright sunny day here. 

Joan, Sunny sunday and monday, woke up to rain today! 

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