|Mountains as seen from our plane. This is a|
big deal for us.
The Seattle Fling was held over four days, after which Mom and I spent a day with Jennifer (my friend from high school), then nearly a week on Whidbey Island at the home of my geocaching friend. We took the ferry over to Canada, to tour Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island as well. Just Too. Much. Fun.
|Clouds and Clunkers - 2006 sculpture by Peter Shelton at SEATAC airport.|
I think they look like Jarvik artificial hearts.
|Look at the size of that Butterfly Bush in the|
corner! It's nearly 10 feet tall!
We arrived at our hotel, the Silver Cloud Inn near University Village, and saw several familiar faces in the lobby, including Carol of May Dream Gardens and Elizabeth Licata of Garden Rant. Alison, a new blogger friend who writes Bonney Lassie, had organized a trip to Molbak's Garden + Home for the afternoon, so several of us met there for lunch and for some pre-Fling plant buying.
|L-R: Mom, Me, Catherine from A Gardener in Progress, Barbara from|
bwisegardening, Alison from Bonney Lassie, Katie from The Garden of Words,
and Helen from Toronto Gardens .
Nurseries like this just don't exist where I live, and it seems that Seattle has some sort of plantplacewhereyoucandropalottabucks on nearly every corner.
This is not fair to the rest of the world.
But Seattle is in the great Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as the Gardening Mecca of the U.S. With zones varying from 6-8 and even some at 9, longer daylight hours in the summer (due to their latitude), and micro-climates here, there and everywhere, coupled with relatively cool nights, plants like to live there and so do people. At the end of the first day, I was ready to move. Coming from the pizza oven that has been the Midwest this summer, the PNW was a most welcome relief.
Even though we had to fly home and our take-home goodies would be limited, we excel at packing a suitcase full of plants. Our trip to Dallas last fall for the Garden Writers' annual symposium tested our mettle and we passed with flying colors. So we began our shopping straight away.
|Monkey Puzzle Tree|
I also found a really nice 'Top Hat' blueberry plant. I'd gotten three small ones earlier in the summer from an online nursery which will not be named, but those quickly became history. (I think two of them were already history before they got to me.) I put that on my cart too, along with a pretty red square ceramic pot.
This trip to Molbak's created some inner stress because I knew we were going to be visiting several other fabulous nurseries before trip's end and goodness knows they would be full of all sorts of horticultural temptations, not to mention items of whimsy. Thoughts of UPS and Fed Ex began swirling in our heads.
|Gorgeous orchids at Molbak's|
We returned to the hotel and got settled in, and then walked to University Village shopping center, just a block or so away. More shopping! Only a small purchase at Crate and Barrel this time - some spoon straws, which will come in handy for eating/drinking fruit smoothies.
|Just singin' in the rain at University Village Shopping Center fountain.|
We got a preview of Ravenna Gardens, where we had a wine and cheese reception the next night. (Oh my. More shopping stress!)
|These Brugmansias at Ravenna Gardens smelled heavenly as we walked by|
them in the early evening.
Since we were still on Eastern time, we called it a night fairly early (by my night owl standards) so we could officially begin the Fling the next day, rested and ready!