Leach Botanical Gardens

The Leach Botanical Gardens are a beautiful spot to visit in the spring. Flowers are blooming everywhere. The paths through the trees are lined with flowering clover, azaleas, trillium flowers and other spring blooms. If you are looking for a place to take mom in the Portland area, look no further.

On a hot day, there is ample shade to keep you cool. On a cool day, bring a jacket so you won’t be cold while wandering the paths.

I’ve came here a few years ago with my family and my dad was still able to walk around all the paths at that time. Now it may be harder for him to do so with his neuropathy. It sounds like in the next year they will be building an aerial tree path and a central pathway from the Manor House to the Upper Garden, which may make things easier for my dad to get around. I’ll have to go back and see the changes next spring.

A peaceful place

The above photo is for my mom, who likes purple and is still battling cancer. She just started back in chemo after a round of radiation. The cancer just won’t quit. Since she likes purple, I’ve decided purple is her ‘fight’ color. Remember my mom in your prayers.

 

To all you other mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! Treat mom to a wonderful bouquet of flowers for 15% off on The Bouqs with code MOMSDAY15

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What to wear for a Mother’s Day brunch

Do you have a Mother’s Day brunch planned for you mother this year? Or a church brunch, family brunch, friends to get together with for a Mother’s Day tea or brunch? Here’s some ideas on what to wear for a Mother’s Day brunch!

~ Flowers are always in because Mother’s Day is in spring and mother’s love flowers. Or most do. So bring out your floral tops, skirts and dresses.

~ Pastels are still in, because, again, spring.

~ Casual but cute is always a good way to go because brunch is not as formal as a dinner. Why not wear those comfortable jeans with a nice blouse and nice shoes?

~ Cute accessories. Purses, earrings, necklaces, ect. I’m not really big into bracelets because they really bug me flopping around on my arm for some reason, yet I wear my watch every day even though I can now look at my phone for the time, and it doesn’t bug me at all. Huh. Not sure what’s up with that.

~ A maxi skirt or dress is another cute but stylish way to go.

~ Cold shoulder tops and ruffle or bell sleeves are pretty in right now. Just be careful not to get those big bell sleeves in your plate of food!

~ Capri’s and a cute tee are another fun way to go.

~ Throw on a lightweight cardigan or a cute jacket just in case it’s too cool wherever you’re having brunch and you’re good to go!

I’m looking at the skirt in the photos below thinking I would probably end up getting food all over it. Perhaps denim is a better way to go. They say jeans never get dirty, right?  (Unless they’re white or pale colored ones. Ha.)

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Flamingo Pink Kate Spade Handbag

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Gray tassel earrings

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

Floral tank top, yellow ruffled skirt, ivory sweater, flamingo pink handbag + plaid wedge heels

 

 

Have I mentioned that I like big buns and I cannot lie?

 

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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