Semi is not her real name, in case you were wondering. All of the Fairegarden offspring chose nicknames for themselves when I first began the blog, in December 2007. Semi chose her name from a reference in the first blog post, click here to see it, to the semi-adults that helped plant the first trees and shrubs when the property was first purchased for them to live in while attending the nearby college. She has always been interested in flowers and gardens, especially so now that she has her own home and family. Semi is seen here at the Center for Urban Horticulture with Carol of May Dreams, who is dressed in her favorite color, green.
Some people asked Semi if she was bored with the garden visiting and constant chatter of the garden bloggers, but she loved every minute of this astounding trip. Armed with her camera, she was taking photos of plants and flowers just like the rest of us. Shown above, Semi is in the Denise Lane garden with the iconic Doric columned water feature. Hey, I thought you were taking photos, not looking at your phone! (Sorry, the Mother in me kicked into gear.)
She enjoyed seeing the vintage travel trailer, the Lil Loafer, in Lorene Edwards Forkner’s Urban Hillbilly Chic garden.
Semi captured the traditional pose of Layanee of Ledge and Gardens and me taking each other’s photo during the flings. We began doing this in Chicago, did it again in Buffalo and continued in Seattle. This was at Kate Farley’s breathtaking garden.
Semi and I wandered the paths at the rainy Bloedel Reserve, in awe of the majesty and magic that garden had to offer.
Semi’s photos were often of things I had missed, like this container of sweet succulents at the Michelle and Christopher Epping garden. She was particularly enamored by the green pinecone-like plant. Does anyone know what it is? Added: It might be a Crassula of some sort.
In addition to garden visiting, bus riding and shopping, there was some fine food and drink consumed. Semi even found some young women closer to her own age than my cohorts with which to share some libations. From the looks at the drinks on the table, they did not go thirsty. From left, Semi, Anneliese of Cobrahead and Shayna of Botanical Interests. Cheers, girls!
Plan A had been that we would go together to get tattoos as a memento of our trip. Mine was to be a toe ring and she wanted her son’s name on her upper torso. As luck would have it, toes are not a good canvas for tatt ink and the schedule did not leave time for the side-trip anyway. Not to be deterred, Semi left Bainbridge Island early, thanks to fellow flingers Debbie and Wendy, caught the ferry back, without us!, took a bus to the chosen parlor, got the body art and returned to the hotel in time for dinner and to show us the result. All of this traveling around Seattle alone was slightly worrisome to her mother, but it turned out okay.
We had a most wonderful and event filled trip. We arrived home tired but happy and with loads of photos to help us remember our time in Seattle. Many thanks to Helen of Toronto Gardens who took this shot of us on the bus, it may be framed! And many thanks to the organizers who allowed the non-blogging Semi to join in the fun. We do appreciate you!
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