Crocosmia (Seattle’s signature plant during the Fling) and Helenium at the Bellevue Botanic Gardens
During the last month’s Garden Bloggers Fling in Seattle I witnessed a lot of happy bloggers and a lot of beautiful views. We 70+ garden bloggers would be delighted to visit with each other anywhere; reading and commenting on someone’s blog for months or even years can make you feel that you already know that person when you finally meet. And even those you don’t know, you share a love of gardening, writing, and perhaps photography, so you already have a lot in common and plenty to talk about. However, gorgeous scenery is an added draw for the Fling, and Seattle offers plenty of it.
I always wish I’d taken more people pics at the Flings. But I did get a couple of good ones at Bellevue Botanic Gardens, which we visited on Day Two. Here are well-known bloggers Kylee of Our Little Acre, Theresa Loe of Living Homegrown Fresh and Growing a Greener World TV, and Susan Harris of Garden Rant. Look at those smiles!
Later that afternoon, I skipped out on the Fling’s official visit to Olympic Sculpture Park with a few others who were eager to sample the wares at famous Pike Place Market.
A crab seller engages the crowd to work up interest.
The Austin garden bloggers have found something amusing! From left to right, Vicki of Playin’ Outside, Diana of Sharing Nature’s Garden, and Caroline of The Shovel-Ready Garden. Check out Caroline’s post about our visit to Pike Place Market for some good photos of the vendors and their wares.
Outside, a sunny vision of sunflowers and other colorful flowers lining the edge of a long balcony
For dinner we acted on Danger Garden Loree’s recommendation and enjoyed a delicious dinner—and the eclectic decor—of The Pink Door, not far from the market. We got there early in order to secure a table; soon after, the place filled up and was buzzing with energy. I loved The Pink Door!
But the thrill of the afternoon was a crystal-clear reveal of Mt. Rainier, which showed itself plainly, towering above the city, as we stopped outside Pike Place Market among the throngs sunning themselves in the warm afternoon rays.
Can you imagine looking out on scenery like this? When the clouds and mists roll away and the mountain “comes out,” what a sight it is.
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