At last—it's flower time, Portland. Look around: cherry blossoms, daffodils, and magnolias have already burst forth in home gardens, on the waterfront, along trails. Last year, a seemingly never-ending winter delayed spring's showiest feature. This year, Portland flowers are back on track—if not even a skosh early, despite that mid-to-late March freeze.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a typical bipolar rain-sun-rain-sun Willamette Valley spring, albeit a bit warmer and drier than normal. Courtesy of climate change, summer will be warmer and rainier, with temperatures peaking in mid-June and July. That means now—before the dog days begin—just might be the best time to enjoy the city's local flora.
While you can enjoy tulips, roses, and irises by strolling through your neighborhood or park, consider also hitting up local farms and parks for an array of color, festivities, and Instagrammable photo ops. With the free Washington Park Shuttle, you can make a day out of seeing the International Rose Test Garden, camellias at the Japanese Garden, and a multitude of plants at the Hoyt Arboretum. If you’re downtown, Lan Su Chinese Garden blends local and Chinese hybrids. Check out our slideshow for a cheat sheet to 10 of Portland's finest floral beauties.