Day 312 – Meet Me In St Louis

The home gardens

The Japanese gardens

Sneakin’ a peak at some Chihuly (sounds a lot more racy than it really is)



Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland had someone to meet back in St. Louis so they could have themselves a merry little Christmas. (You have to be a real movie buff to follow all of that.) But if I was going to head back to St. Louis – which I visited last week-end – to meet someone, I’d make sure that we met at the Missouri Botanical Gardens! Loved this place – a bit of Chihuly, sculptures, history, home garden ideas, Victorian gardens, Japanese garden, climatron, ….. well, you’ll just have to meet me there to learn about it all.

Thought these hanging sedum balls were fabulous. (this is today’s container for 365 Days of Container Gardening)

And the lotus were spectacular

And they had a bed planted with one of my favorite annuals – cuphea llavea!

Learning To Tell The Story


This past week at the Seattle Garden Blogger’s Fling, David Perry challenged us to tell our own story through our pictures. After hearing him speak, I spent the next several hours in a magical misty world of the Bloedel Reserve looking through my lens to frame the story that I wanted to tell. And a story did emerge, but that will be for another post when I’m not 36 hours into no sleep from the red-eye flight back from Seattle. Tonight’s post is a reflection of the story that my husband heard upon my return. It seems that though the objective of this trip was to learn about, see, and record the incredible gardens of Seattle, what I seemed to enjoy the most was the relationships with fellow bloggers that grew from hearing each other’s stories.

Lunch at the home of Denise Lane – a park-like garden filled with surprises at every turn.
Miss Sassypants aka Jean McWeeney

Lunch on the grounds (literally) of Dunn Gardens
Carol Michel telling stories to Anneliese Valdes and Shayna Lashway in gardens of Michelle and Christopher Epping.
Layanee and Cindy enjoy a break from the toasty 78 degree weather of Seattle.
Danielle Smith Ernest of Proven Winners Plants treated us to a blooming treat at Dragonfly Farms Nursery. She’s being interview here by Theresa Loe of Growing a Greener World at the Epping’s home.
Lisa Wagner and I enjoyed checking out the planters at the University Shopping Mall near Ravenna Gardens. This hanging basket is bigger than she is!
Lorene Edwards Forkner treated us to a sneak preview of her new book, Handmade Garden Projects– we got to see all the finished projects at her home
Melissa’s not too sure that this un-airconditioned trailer life at Lorene’s garden would last too long in her Houston environment
Katie posing beautifully and Theresa trying to sneak out of the picture. Gotcha!
Lorene welcoming us to her homeMy Molbak mates!

West Seattle Farmer’s Market – Tonnemaker Family Orchard
A very special treat during lunch at Bloedel Reserve was listening Victoria Summerly’s ethereal piano playing.
Dee Nash captures the moment at Bloedel Reserve

The lovely Robin Ripley at Lorene’s homeSusan Cohan and Andrea Fox solved most of the world’s problems in the sanctuary of Denise Lane’s garden.
Helen Battersby and I are already plotting our next gardening adventure, and I’m sure she was telling me something vitally important in this picture …. oh yes, “I wish we could grow this Acuba in Canada”. Friends let friends despair over unattainable plants. It’s just one more excuse to meet up and commiserate together at some new incredible garden spot.

An Early Trip to the Horticultural Candy Store







For the past few years I’ve made a pilgrimage to Mary’s Greenhouse in McMinnville, TN, to peek at all the goodies growing for this spring. While today’s trip was a little earlier than normal (I had to get a few things for a Lunch and Learn class I’m giving tomorrow), there was enough there to make me already start planting for the next trip down with all three vehicles to load up.
Enjoy a little taste of what’s to come with Bougainvillea baskets, lovely blue Lavender, and pink Mondarda.