I tend to avoid the mall this time of year, too much of all that is annoying. If I have to shop a non-nursery situation I tend to head to one of our neighborhood shopping districts, there the shops are mostly locally owned and in between the stores I can still step outside and get some fresh air. Recently I headed to the “Pearl” an area slightly north of downtown Portland proper. Standing on a corner, waiting to cross, I had a moment to appreciate the understated plantings up above me…

They were like tree ornaments but, not. Full of plants!
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Too high to be able to tell exactly what was growing in there, but yet you could still catch glimpses.
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My tendency would have been to plant them with trailing vines and put a red or silver bow on top. But I appreciated the restraint.
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This isn’t the first time plantings in the Pearl have caught my eye, I also wrote about them back in January of 2012.
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