Day three begins with the faithful buses taking us to the West Seattle Farmers Market, with lunch on our own. Looking at the beautiful flowers and produce, we bought some freshly picked Rainier cherries that were mouth-meltingly delicious, made us hungry. We zipped over to Bakery Nouveau for a bite. It was hard to choose from the display cases which goodie from which to partake. Which, indeed? (Photo by Layanee.)
After the morning at the market, we were shuttled over to the private space of author and fling co-organizer Lorene Edwards Forkner. This garden was brimming with brilliant ideas of repurposing items with artistic flair.
Being late July, where the Fairegarden back home was suffering from heat and drought, the cool, wet climate of the Pacific Northwest was having a stretch of sunny, warm, 80 degree Fahrenheit summer weather. Seeing peppers grown in a tent of plastic was sort of shocking to this Southerner, but gardeners do what they must to grow stuff. It obviously works for Lorene.
A must see in Lorene’s backyard playground was the vintage trailer. Tricked out inside with wallpaper maps, bright fabrics on cushions and all around whimsical genius, we all could imagine spending quality time in this little hideaway. It would be a vacation without ever leaving the comforts of indoor plumbing just steps away in the house.
Visiting enchanting places and seeing old friends and making new ones, each city which has hosted the garden bloggers, Austin, Texas in 2008, Chicago, Illinois in 2009, Buffalo, New York in 2010 before Seattle have been chock-a-block full of once in a lifetime experiences. Layanee of Ledge and Gardens missed the first fling due to airline snafus beyond her control. She did make it to Chicago and it was there we began the tradition of snapping images of each other snapping images. May it continue for as long as there are flings.
The last stop of the day was the South Seattle Community College Arboretum/Coenosium Rock Garden. We have to admit that our aging body was dragging by then and we did not partake in all that was on offer. But there were comfy benches about and others to chat with, a very important part of these shindigs, chatting.
The plants for sale were behind locked gates, sadly, but a zoom with the camera showed the tag of a groundcover sedum we had greatly admired. From what can be seen, Raoul austra, the name of Raoulia australis was found thanks to the all-knowing Google. Alas, it is not hardy for me. Shooting plant names is sometimes better than writing them down in the little purse sized notebook, especially when one is tired.
A little nap at the hotel revived the intrepids enough to saunter on down to the very nearby shopping plaza for dinner and discussion of the day’s events. Flowers abounded and do you see that? 40% off! Tired, who’s tired?
Other posts about the Seattle Fling 2011:
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