Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fort Vancouver gardens

No, we haven't run off in despair at the British weather. In fact we haven't been experiencing British weather at all. We've been on hols in Oregon. But their weather was mostly the same as ours! In some places it was decidedly worse. At Crater Lake we had snow; quite a bit of snow in fact.

But at Fort Vancouver, just outside Portland, Oregon, we had great weather.

Fort Vancouver is a [pretty good] reconstruction of the original Hudson Bay Company fort which stood on this site from the 1820s. I've been to it several times because it is a key site in the David Douglas story but Wilma Wilbury had never been.

Just outside the fort is a small facsimile of the gardens which were once there to feed the fort's inhabitants and the small army of labourers & native Americans based in the village which grew up around the fort.

The gardens are clearly only a fraction of their original size but I was pleased to see them growing Scotch Kale, peas

and spuds.

Meanwhile, nearer home, I haven't been to the allotment since we got back. But the jet lag is nearly gone now and it isn't raining much at present so I guess I must steel myself. More on the full horror of a fortnight's neglected allotment in due course.


Sue@Green Lane Allotments said...

Interesting growing peas up the branches, did they have strings or netting for the peas to climb up?

Woody Wilbury said...

No, nothing like that, just the branches. I guess they may put something later when the peas are a bit bigger.

melsanford said...

Fab piccies! Those gardens look lovely :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Nutty Gnome said...

I'd love to have a closer look/nosey round those gardens!

Woody Wilbury said...

They're great aren't they. Mind you, Himself would like the fort too. There's some excellent carpentry in there. It was at the fort that I first got in touch with my US contact on David Douglas; her partner was working in the carpentry shop (he was making a coffin at the time, as you do).