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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2021

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' Last week I wrote about the joys of new Abba and Vera and this week there is more excitement - we have rain in the forecast! And the possibility of a good rain - at least one inch. Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are in dire need of it and I'm sure the plants would be overjoyed as well. Despite the drought, there are lots of blooms in the September garden. I will start with the container plants which get daily watering. Note to self - less containers next year. Two matching baskets hang on the pergola - they are filled with Begonia 'Bonfire' and Fan Flower ( Scaevola ). I don't remember the name of this begonia. I've overwintered it for the past two winters in the garage.   I tried to overwinter Hell's Bells ( Datura ) last year but it didn't make it. We liked it so much that I got another one this year. Oxalis 'Plum Crazy' Another beautiful begonia (a customer recommended this one) and an overloaded fuchsia at

Cannon Beach


We had precious little time to get to Cannon Beach but we were determined to make it before sunset. Cannon Beach is about a 30 minute drive from Astoria. These photos were taken at Ecola State Park and the place is simply breathtaking. I am afraid my photos do not do it justice. I had little light and no tripod so they are a bit soft and grainy. I will have to make a trip back again.

We braved the elements and a risky pathway to get to this cliff but it was worth it. Paul & Cindy enjoying the spectacular view.

The first thing we saw upon entering the park were elk.






Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Stunning photos. So moody! Darkness. Gray skies. Silhouettes.

  2. The first pic makes you feel like you are right there.

  3. Such a gorgeous spot! I just love moody, stormy beaches like this.

  4. I like the soft quality of some of the pictures, they paint the brooding mood of the weather nicely and are a nice contrast to the other sharp images. I've never been to Cannon Beach. Must go there soon!

  5. Really enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos. Thank you, Phillip!


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