Monday, July 13, 2020

Snack Time!

One of my favorite treats this time of year is Rainier cherries. They taste similar to the more common Bing cherries but have a lower acidic content. Rainier cherries are grown in the Pacific Northwest and readily available here from mid-June to mid-July.

According to Washington State Magazine:
"Their skin is thin and sensitive. They’re easily bruised. And their season—six to seven weeks, if we’re lucky—is more fleeting than summer itself. That short harvest time and extreme susceptibility to wind and rain and temperatures either too hot or too cold are just a couple of reasons why Rainier cherries are so special."
[Link HERE for more info.]

They taste as good as they look!






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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Same Place. Different Week.

For a couple of months I've been meeting two friends every Thursday to hike on trails near our homes. And although we often cover the same territory, there's always something new to see. Here are a few photos of the sights we encountered last week.

Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus). Some were ripe, so we tasted a few. Pretty good!



Blackberries in bloom. The fruit won't be ready until later this summer.


The PlantSnap app on my phone identified this plant as rockspirea (Holodiscus dumosus)... probably.


It has a lovely scent.



Does this say "Wow" or "Mom?" I'm guessing Mom.


This Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) slimed its way across my front sidewalk. We saw a big one (4+ inches long) on the trail today, too.


As summer progresses, different plants line the paths. I can't wait to see what's in bloom next week.





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Monday, June 29, 2020

"Juneuary"

Sometimes in the Pacific Northwest, we have a month called "Juneuary." That's when summer starts but the weather remains cool and rainy. However, when we have sunbreaks, it's a great time to take a few photos.

A bunny decided to sunbathe in my front yard! I was afraid he might be injured, but when I walked onto the porch, he hopped away.


The hummingbirds are hungry! It's unusual to see two at the feeder at the same time. I love the green iridescence of these two.


This little guy glowed!


Wildflowers are blooming along a nearby hiking trail. These daisies brightened my day.


Mock orange created a delicious scent.


Foxgloves added a splash of color.




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Monday, May 18, 2020

At Home in Springtime

The world may be in lockdown, but nobody told the flowers! When we bought our house in the Pacific Northwest U.S., I knew the previous owner had been an avid gardener. Now I'm enjoying the benefits of her hard work.

Clematis

Lilac

These climbing yellow roses have a delightful scent.


A few tulips that the deer missed!


Viburnum



Bleeding hearts.



Rhododendron (and bear, on lookout duty)


I hope everyone is healthy and coping well.


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Sunday, May 10, 2020

#Hike Deprivation

It's been two months since I posted on my blog. Two months without a hike! Lucky for me, I have two friends who understand the value of time in the woods. Recently they led me down trails not far from our homes, staying six feet apart at all times and with our masks at hand. Here are a few photos from our outing.

Mount Rainier dominated the horizon on this perfect spring day.






Thanks, Melanie and Diane, for a great day. My soul is revived.



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Monday, March 9, 2020

Fleurs de Villes at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival - #Seattle

Have you ever seen a dress made completely out of plants and flowers? The recent garden show featured these gorgeous "flowers of the cities" creations by Seattle florists. They remind me of Rose Bowl Parade floats but with mannequins! (Click on photos for a closer look.)














I hope you enjoyed the floral fashion show!

More info: Fleurs de Ville






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Monday, March 2, 2020

2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Show - #Seattle

Every year the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle is the site of a magnificent flower and garden show. For the past four years the show's exhibits have sparked my imagination. "Hill Top Farm" by Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse was one of my favorite displays from February 27, 2020.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)

The online description says:
The two-time “Best in Show” winner Christianson’s Nursery takes you to a farmhouse garden in the English countryside with this floral and fragrant display. As seasoned veterans in restoring buildings and greenhouses at their home base in Mount Vernon, Washington, it’s clear their expertise carries over to this garden. Spot the antique tools and lighting that harkens back to the 1920’s, which might make you feel like you’re in the middle of an orchard taking a breath of fresh air. Using perennials and plants adaptive to the Pacific Northwest, this garden features vegetables, peonies, lilacs, iris, rhododendron and azaleas, among other plants surrounding the farmhouse facade.


A chicken coop, complete with two real birds, added to the realistic design of this full-sized facade.


Many displays included labels that identified the plants. Dry ice in this water feature added a little drama to this scene.


I'd love to enjoy the soothing sound of this waterfall in my own back yard. This display was called "The Gateway to Your Getaway."


If I had this pool in my backyard, I'd never leave it.


A little whimsy!


I'll feature more garden show photos soon. In the meantime, here's the link for more info:
2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

If you're interested in photos from last year's show, link HERE and HERE.





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Monday, February 17, 2020

#Chinatown-International District - #Seattle

When the Auburn Senior Activity Center offered an excursion to Seattle's International District, I signed up. Here are some photos from our walking tour of that neighborhood. (Click on photos for a closer look.)

Welcome to Chinatown!



We started our exploration at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Exhibits include photos and more, showing the history and influence of Asian cultures in Seattle. Decorations celebrating the Chinese New Year brightened the museum's walls and ceiling.





The intricate embroidery fascinated me.


I was surprised to see street signs in both English and Chinese as we began our walking tour.


"Benevolent associations" were formed by ethnic groups to help immigrants find housing, employment, etc. This building houses the Bing Kung Association.


More sights discovered during our walk.



Just imagine: rooms for 50¢, 70¢, and up with both hot and cold water.



Our tour of the International District was a delight. I learned a lot about the area's history--both happy and sad--and would enjoy another visit. If you're interested in more information, look here:





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