PORTLAND -- Blooming roses were a no-show for Portland's Rose Festival last spring, but this year the forecast is looking much brighter.
A few spells of warm weather has the International Rose Test Garden a full four weeks ahead of 2011. Mothers this Sunday will get to see a few roses, but will likely get a great show of color the following weekend.
The Rose Garden's master gardener Harry Landers recalls having to make due for the judging of Portland's Perfect Rose in 2011. He said few rose gardens in the area had significant color before the 2nd week of June.
The Perfect Rose event is part of the Rose Festival and held at the Washington Park Rose Garden. Typically only rose varieties new within the last 5 years are judged.
Last year, only 20% of the garden was in color and judges looked at every rose they could find. In comparison this year, people who visit the garden over the next couple days will see lots of buds. Many of those buds are only about 6-10 days away from opening and displaying Portland's favorite flower.
The blooms at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in southeast Portland are just now reaching their peak, providing a colorful show for visitors