After days filled with blue skies and sunshine, the iconic cloudy drizzle of this region descended upon us. Umbrellas and raincoats were in evidence on many of the travelers, along with sensible footwear, waterproof being a bonus. I shot the shooter, Jim of Compost In My Shoe, while he was recording us for posterity from the upper deck of the ferry. The term herding cats was mentioned more than once.
The first stop was the mysterious Bloedel Reserve. By the time we arrived, the skies had opened wide and were spilling the fabled rain upon us. We were set loose to wander with cameras under umbrellas, lunch being served at the visitor’s center around noon. This was my favorite venue of all. Even with the pouring rain, the magnificence of the ancient moss covered trees was awe-inspiring. I wanted to drink it all in and slosh in the ooze. We even saw a bit of magic presented by one of the trees.
The rain let up as we pulled up to the final destination, Dragonfly Farms. This was the perfect ending to a garden filled trip. Art abounded…
On the flight back to Tennessee, our thoughts were filled with happy memories of laughter and friends, flowers and moss. The announcement had been made on this final day of the site of the next Garden Bloggers Fling, Asheville, North Carolina. I hope to see you there!
The rest of the posts about Seattle Fling 2011: