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Sunflowers in Seattle 08/05/2014

Seattle 08-30-2014-1This is a tree.  Even though the title of the post is Sunflowers in Seattle, it does not begin in Seattle, but on the way there.  This is one of my favorite trees on my island by one of my favorite coffee stands (and not because they give me goodie bags on Saturday, but that does help)  However, does this not look like a lady in this tree?
Seattle 08-30-2014-4Just like a Nile Goddess, I think.  Complete with barbs shooting out at those that displease her!
Seattle 08-30-2014-6Pretty, shiny glass balls floating in a birdbath!  And I only stopped to play with them for a few moments.  Course, that was because I wanted breakfast.  One must have one’s priorities.
Seattle 08-30-2014-11This was really in the restaurant and they really let you put money in to play with it.  The girls in the table next to it had a blast watching me play with it.  I do hope their parents let them have a chance at it as well.
Seattle 08-30-2014-15See?  Sunflower!  Yes, it looks a wee bit sad.  It was growing on the deck above the restaurant.  It was probably sad because people weren’t coming up to admire it.
Seattle 08-30-2014-18And momma sunblossom looked down on her little sunlings trying to think of how to tell them that the sun time was nearing its end and they needed to rise up and dance while they still could.
Keeping a watchful eye on all that pass below.Seattle 08-30-2014-25
Seattle 08-30-2014-27Ooooh, oooh, sunshadow.  Oh wait!  That’s supposed to be moonshadow.  Well, works for suns too.
Seattle 08-30-2014-28Oh, shyness!  Let us see your face!
Seattle 08-30-2014-33Shiny!!!  Blue shiny!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-37And this multi-critter dwelling has many of the sought after amenities such as knothole balcony, stripped bark slide to ground level, climbing branches to upper levels.  No reasonable offer refused.
Seattle 08-30-2014-38See?  Its not all flowers.  Sometimes its trees and leaves.  Look at how shiny the leaves are?  Notice how often that shiny word seems to apply when its not a flower?  I’m sure an analyst could have fun with that one.  But, isn’t the color contrast lovely as well?
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Seattle 08-30-2014-49Claudia proudly shows off her new perm.  A few good shakes and you are good to go!
Seattle 08-30-2014-54Oh looking down there!  That must be where our petals went Agnes!
Seattle 08-30-2014-55This is what I get for not listening when they told me not to overdo it in the sauna.  I’ll never be able to do a thing with this mop.  What will the girls say?  *Sigh*
Seattle 08-30-2014-59I just got back from the petalcurist and she just got in this awesome new color.  What do you think?  I know.  Shiny!
Seattle 08-30-2014-60I hear they are having tryouts for a remake of Little Shop of Horrors!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-64We’d rather try out for the new Hair.  They’re gonna call it Petal.All together now.  Let the Sun Shine.  Let the Sun Shine In.  The Sun Shine In!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-72Just hide back in the corner there!  We’ll cover you.  No one will ever know you are there.
Seattle 08-30-2014-66Yeah, its that PINK thing again.  Well, I guess it looks okay on the flowers.  Kinda the color of cotton candy.  Hmmm?  Wonder if its edible?
Seattle 08-30-2014-70Come here, my pretty.  Let me get a better look at you!!!

Seattle 08-30-2014-68I’m MEELTTTING!!!!!


Seattle 08-30-2014-77Dewdrops keep falling on my face!
Just like the gal whose feet are too big for her bed
Nothing seems to fit
Oh, dewdrops keep fallin’ on my head
Keep a-fallin’
Seattle 08-30-2014-75‘Will you walk into my parlour?’ said the Spider to the Fly,
”Tis the prettiest parlour that ever did you spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there.’
‘Oh no, no,’ said the little Fly, ‘to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.’
Seattle 08-30-2014-85AHHHH – AHHHH – AHHHHH – CHOOOOO!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-87Don’t let them deceive you.  They are really alien pods that will soon hatch tiny aliens that will make the spiders look like smiling baby bunnies.  The giveaway is the dark beam they are transmitting to the mother ship off to the left.  Its the left pod of darkness and they count on the rumor that people almost never look up.  So, they will never see it.  Even if they do, they won’t figure it out untill its too late.
Seattle 08-30-2014-89The sound of chainsaws could be heard from the street as people passed by the house, shrouded in darkness.  Even the stray cat kept its distance from the ominous porch.
Seattle 08-30-2014-91The task force at the top of the needle responds to the dark pods transmission with one of their own.  The residents have always been oblivious to the real purpose of the iconic spaceship structure on top, believing it to be a product of Disney’s forgotten cousin for the world fair.  He had gone on to work for NASA after his cousin refused him a job and denied the familial ties.  It was a better job anyway.  Plus, his family was guaranteed tickets off the planet in the event of the rumored zombie apocalypse.
Seattle 08-30-2014-92Its really a portal to another dimension. If you look carefully, you can see the darklands beyond the lower branch.
Seattle 08-30-2014-94Shhhh!!!  Mum’s the word!!!
Seattle 08-30-2014-96Someone might want to tell that one that she’s a long way from Texas.
Seattle 08-30-2014-81Ominous looking, isn’t it???
Seattle 08-30-2014-106I don’t know.  Just cuz they were so bright and such a contrast to the background.  That’s why.
Seattle 08-30-2014-109Da-dump-da-dump  Da-dump-da-dump Da-dittly-dattly-dump-da-dump
Seattle 08-30-2014-111Oooh, what’s that???
Seattle 08-30-2014-117Okay, on the count of three, pinch your nose and drop.  1 . . . . . 2 . . . . 3!
Seattle 08-30-2014-119Its so you know which staircase to take to get to that apartment.
Seattle 08-30-2014-120We finally have an update on the ship that was lost 63 years ago.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any life on board.
Seattle 08-30-2014-123This is what happens when the Sirens get bored and get a head start on their winter crafting.

Clipped and Clean and New Babies To Put To Bed

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Well, hey there!  I guess its time to go play in the garden again.  Contrary to mom’s opinion, I think I would be most helpful out there lending assistance to the tasks at hand.  I have looked out the window and seen all those feathered and furred morsels, uhm, I mean monsters, that are in need of my eradication of.  I am far more capable that mom gives me credit for and just seek the opportunity to prove myself.
Ooooh lookie!  Squirrel!Cassie 1.27.2014 -1
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Sometimes the universe just smiles on you and you are heading home from the store and catch the tail end of a plant sale on the island.  You pick out a couple of plants and are told they have dropped the price on every plant there.  Then they keep handing you more and more plants as freebies.  And when you get to the final total for the overwhelming batch of plants, its $5.00.  Wow!!!  I do love this island!
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Tada!!!!  The front yard is now freshly mowed.  Will save the raking for another day.  All I have to say is all that time I used to spend at the gym has NOTHING on all of this!  And then there is the additional payoff of the beauty of the land and gardens and your feet in connection with Mama Earth!
That really is a lotta lotta space to mow!May Shots-5-2
May Shots-6-2A view looking in.  And I am sure that her little flooferness self is looking out drooling all over her ruff and wishing she was out here with me.
See?  There really is quite a yard in front as well.  May Shots-7-2
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And then there is my tiny forest trail.  I think this was one of my favorite things when I looked at this house.  I need to do some cleaning and clearing here when I get the expanse fully taken care of.
May Shots-9-2The flowers are gone, but its still such a beautiful tree.  And I love the little cupie curl on the top of it!  I will have to take care of that after fall and its bare.
May Shots-10-2Another interesting thing I am noticing here is that it seems plants with different blooming times are all over.  Just when one bloom has ended and tipped its head in a final farewell another one opens up and spreads its petals in celbration.
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Need to get some pictures next time round of all the bees that dance around these flowers.  The neighbor was telling me that they had not seen many of them a couple of years ago, but they seem to be coming back in force.  I wonder if that means that the people on this end of the state have paid attention and stopped using the pesticides that are attributed with killing bees.  Would be an interesting thing to look into and see if that is the case.
May Shots-14-2The BACK YARD!!!  Yes it really is that big!!!  Oh, and the prodigal son is coming and I have his practice swords.  I suppose if he promises to play nice, we can try and play with them while he is here.
See?  BIG!!!May Shots-16-2
May Shots-17-2The back gardens from the porch view.
Sooo?  Was it good for you?  Did you bring me a bird?  Well did you at least bring me a squirrel?  One would think that the least I should be able to expect since I am held prisoner in this place is that I can trust that the visitors will at least be considerate enough to bring me an offering after they have flaunted their ability to wander the wilderness that is denied to me.  Okay, well can you at least toss me a treat on your way out?Y’all come back now okay?

Digging In The Dirt


Well, it looks like its that time again.  When my day gets disrupted and I have to watch from some vantage spot as humans get to run around the yard, giving not a care to the fact that I, the divine princess, would also like to frollick in the sun and maybe catch my own dinner.  I think I’ll just sit here in my little cage that frames my exquisite beauty so very well.  Have fun!
Garden Blog April 201420140428_1924Okay, pit stop on the way out to look at the lovely colors in the basket on the back patio.
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They may be a simple flower, but I do love daisies.  They are daisies, aren’t they?  Well, I know they aren’t poison ivy or those evil blackberry bushes that keep sprouting up everywhere!  You literally have to dig to the root to grab them with out tearing up your fingers!
Garden Blog April 201420140428_1935Its a sphere of trapped fairies crying out for some soul to harness the power of the West wind (or the East wind for that matter) to break them free of their bondage.  “Its the Dryads that are into that bondage stuff, not us.”  they whisper.
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Seems a thistle sneaked its way into the garden.  Still trying to decide if I should move it.

Garden Blog April 201420140428_1957Yeah, yeah, I didn’t get it all cleaned out.  But, it was covered with plant life before I started.  Now I just have to figure out what I will plant here.  Maybe corn???
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The soon to be home of the new compost pile.
Garden Blog April 201420140428_1928Don’t you just love the way the thready thingie just curlie-cued all around the top of the plant??  I did!
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And they were pushing up Tulips.  No, wait!  Tis the season for tulip rising!  Well, that does kinda work.  I was never much of a fan of tulips before, but I have discovered the incredible beauty they have.  I am a convert!
Garden Blog April 201420140428_1938And the golden tufted crowns strain their heads to listen to the conversations coming from the bed of the more cultivated flowers.  Prissy little things they are, and such high maintenance, they thought with much laughter.

Shhhhh!!!  Its beauty nap time.

Garden Blog April 201420140428_1939Baby seedlings coming up in the herb patch.  And I have identified the big leaf plant!  Its rhubarb.  Yeah, I know.  Most people will find that surprising.  But, I have never been a fan of rhubarb, so I don’t have any idea what a plant looks like.  Its quite a pretty plant, so that presents the question.  To keep or not to keep??
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And even more babies coming up.  Yay!  Gonna have a nice little garden soon here.  This will make the first time I have actually had a produce garden.  A couple of tomato plants don’t really count.

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So many possibilities for this lovely stump.  Still trying to figure out how much of that bush to remove.  Problem is that it keeps wanting to make new starts all over the place, so its a bit of an invasive plant.

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And clearing out at the back of it, I discovered this other plant growing at its base.  Yes, there are many possibilities.  And there is a rock garden off in the corner as well.

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Just screams for a little fairy village under here.  Gonna have to give some thought to this one as well.

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And the lovely Hellebores!  I will probably have to add some more colors at some time.  Unfortunately, they are not cheap.  *sigh*

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Still thinking about what to put here.  I’m thinking maybe the corn is a good idea.  I do like corn.

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I need to dig these plants up and make them patio plants or bathroom plants.  Very pretty.

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“Little birdie, hear my call!  Come to me, fly through the window and join me for lunch.  Yes, yes, yes!”

Oh Hai!  You’re back!  No really, it isn’t what it looks like.  I was only admiring the little birdies!  There are a lot of them, aren’t there?  And that is NOT drool on my ruff!  Mom just over-filled the water dish.  So did you enjoy your wander through the garden?  Now, you need to make yourself comfortable so I can perform the ancient ritual dance in your lap of transference of the scent of the wild to my body.  Hmmm?  Might provide a cloaking device to get the birds a little closer.  What?  Oooh, that was my outside voice, wasn’t it?  Well, I am glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Clipping and Planting the Garden, Oh My!


Oh Hai!  Seems today is clearing and planting day.  I hope you don’t mind if I just wait here by the window and get some sun.  Naw, we don’t have to worry about that sun cancer thing you humans have to deal with.  I have SPF 85 Sun Protection (Silky Protective Fur)
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My Bad!  I need to FIRST take the camera out and snap some pictures of what I am about to do BEFORE I do it.  So, that leaves me this time with only the after and having to tell what the before was.  Well, the before on this picture had the branches covering half of the steps going down.  I also cut back a lot of the dead underbrush and there is much more yet to do.
 Gardening 4Pretty much the same here.  The branches were clear out across the steps.  Oh, ad the small brown building there behind the bushes?  That’s the pain cave.  Or, at least the part that involves the larger pieces of electronic equipment.  But, there are also speakers in there so I can be a nuisance to the hag.  I am willing to bet that she doesn’t have a taste for Nightwish, Garbage and probably not Pink either.  Gonna try a few more out before I am done.  🙂
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And the walkway to the back porch?  Totally clear.  Oh okay, I do still have to pull up those weeds at some time.
 Gardening 5And here is the front view of it.  Nice and pretty, isn’t it?
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That’s right!  I’m still chasing the sunlight!  You would be too if it had been as evasive for you as it has for me.  Did you have fun whacking up the bushes?  Any chance you found me any tasty birds under there?  No?  Well, could you at least toss me a couple of treats from the container in the drawer?  Its right behind you, remember?
 IGardening 9 love this tree!  I know, I know!  But the blossoms are such a soft shade of pink.  But they’re flowers and pink is okay on flowers.  I didn’t do any work on the tree today.  I just saw it when I was heading to the garage for something and thought it needed having a picture taken of it.  I am certain I saw one of the branches wave at me to get my attention.  And no, it wasn’t the wind.  That was blowing in the OTHER direction!
Gardening 10 Okay, two pictures!  And she smiled after!
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Okay, so here’s the first bed that has been planted.  We have (lets see how much I can get without looking at the book!)  artichokes, beets, cabbage, radishes, dragon carrots, asparagus, onion, and I think I maybe forgot a couple of things.
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Gardening 7 Okay, so here’s one of the herb gardens.  I have no idea what that broad leaf plant is in there with the red stalks, but its pretty, so I will leave it for now.  Many standard kitchen herbs like dill and fennel and sage and cress and parsley. Couple of healing ones like astragalus, and motherwort.  Will be adding more to other areas later.  And I also have some inside boxes with some of the same for easy access while cooking and climate control come next winter.
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You gotta just love beans when they sprout!  They look like little finger puppets that you want to grab hold of and start a conversation in the bean patch with.  “Hey you!  Over there!  Your momma’s a weed and your daddy’s an insect!!”
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More babies.  Springing up and making me such a proud plant mommy!
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And my little pea plants and some other unknown things here.  The peas are getting big enough to start weaving them in the fencing.  Yay!!
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Well, I hope you enjoyed your time.  Okay, well, the truth is I am rather indifferent to it.  But, I was hoping if I tried that polite thing, you might toss me a treat.  I’ll be friendlier next time if you take a seat for a while so I can take a nap in your lap while you dote on me.  Think about it, okay?



First Spring in the Garden – 2

IMG_2347Cassie decided since this is about her home; granted, she is housebound and not allowed in the yard to play because I am certain she is too much of a charm school ditz to notice a eagle swoomping down on her floofy little body to carry back to it nest for a snack for the baby raptors, but the yard, she should still be the first sight you see when you open the post.  And since she did clean the drool off her ruff a bit better than the last time, I allowed her the privilege.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-7I took a tour of all the blooming things in my yard and enjoyed the small sun breaks to give me the best lighting for the shots.  We’ve been a bit short on the sunshine department this year, but it seems there has been plenty to bring the lovelies out to bask in its glow.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-9I am going to have to do some research on some of these plants.  I have no idea what these blue beauties are, though I am sure my neighbors would snicker at me for the ignorance.  I’ll just look for them the next time I am in the garden department.
Update:  I have just been told that these are grape hyacinth.  So, there is one flower mystery solved.  Yay!!
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-12I must say that there is something so very appropriate about there being bleeding hearts growing in my garden.  I have always found them to be such an intriguing flower.  I know, they’re pink, but pink is okay on a bloom.  Just not so much on my body.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-13Another one that will need defining.And this one has a probable identification of sakura.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-17Its one of the most recognized flowers and its name should fall off of my tongue every time I set eyes on it, but I have to admit that for some unknown reason I continuously go blank on the name when I see daffodils.  I do have to agree with my next door neighbor on them, they do make you smile whenever you set eyes on them.  Much like sunflowers but its far too early in the year for them.  I did plant some in the front garden.  I just need to hope that the birds didn’t steal my seeds.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-18Their beauty just takes on an otherworldly stark beauty when you strip them of the colors and are left with
just the lights and shadow of them.  I think flowers may be much like people in that respect.  The color shows their dressing.  The black and white shows their souls.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-21I love the way the cluster of spiky petals just shoots out.  Its like an offering from the plant.  You can almost hear it say “Look what I made for you”.  So you pluck it loose and stick it in your hair while you continue your meandering through the garden.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-22Oh lookie!!!  Steampunk blooms.  I imagine the color is from the rust that has accumulated from all the rain.  They were probably a nice brass or copper or something before the weather set into their stalks.
Cassie is just checking in to see if you are enjoying the tour.  She would also like to request that you go in to the drawer next to her and get her a treat.  She says you should pay no mind to the human telling you that I don’t need them.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-24Yup!  Its yet another species that I will have to identify.  But they do look like some alien life form or maybe something out of Little Shop of Horrors.  I guess that could make them a nice set of wards to use.
ell this is what it looks like before it decides to rise and shine and show its happy face to the world.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-28I suppose I shall have to look into if I really need to remove this lovely little branch.  Then again, maybe I’ll just leave it and see what it does.  I think its quite charming springing up in the eye of the split trunk.  I figure anything that wants attention so badly that it chooses such a prominent place to make its entrance probably deserves to keep that place.
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And at the far corner of the property is this old tree trunk with some large bushy thing growing alongside it.  Yeah, yeah, I am sure the “master gardeners” will be grinding their teeth at my lack of knowledge at this point.  But, I will learn and the important thing is that I appreciate the beauty even if I don’t know the name.  At any rate, I cut it back considerably when I realized there was another garden plot that it had grown over.  Of course, with the size and shape of it, it could very well be a grave.  Probably not, but definitely food for future consideration.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-30Trying to decide which I like more, the shot with or the shot without color.  Again, I think we are back to the difference between showing the dressing and showing the soul.  Both have their place and are good.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-31I am thinking these might be hellebore like what I have on the front porch.  If I am correct that means I am beginning to learn some of these plants.  So if you are a garden snob and have been laughing at my lack of knowledge up until this point, and I am right on this, then all I have to say is “plllltttzzzzhhh”  I’m learning!
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-33Though all her siblings gazed upward to bath in the warmth of the sun, she alone allowed her gaze to travel downward to watch the flow of life below.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-37She was alone with only the promise of company in the small area she had found to emerge.  Sadness wrapped her and weighed on her causing her to slightly droop her head.  But wait!  Whispers from behind of another promising to soon join at her side.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-38Its actually a whirly-gig to go on a fairy’s cap.  They grow them in the shady places of gardens and slip in during the dark of the night to collect them and then weave them into the caps while sitting on the branches of the trees where they can toss pine cones onto the heads of unsuspecting humans as they walk underneath.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-39And this is just one of those take your breath away symbols of Spring.  Its as if the opening leaves of the branch are standing sentry over the delicate bud that is their charge.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-40This lovely bush is right outside my bedroom window.  Its almost like this charming little forest trail along the side of the yard which ends in this bush.  I can’t wait for the temps to go up just a little bit more so I can begin to open the windows and breath in the fragrance of the nature at night and have the owls sing me to sleep.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-41Again, not sure what these lovely lavender flowers are.  I am still trying to figure out which side of the property line is that they are on.  I suppose I will know the answer to that when the hag puts up her fence.  Which will be none too soon for my liking.
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-42I am so glad the former owner thought to put Trilliums in the garden.  They are such a truly lovely little plant.  and I understand that they are one of the first flowers to come out and bloom.  However, it does appear that they seem to be a tasty morsel for some island critter because a couple of hours after I took this picture, about half of them had been eaten.  Maybe it was the same doe that was snacking at the bird feeder.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-43Okay I am looking at both of the pictures and the color shot makes me say “oooooooh”  and the grayscale elicits an “Ahhhhhh”
March 2014 Garden & Around Town-45And the little fairies dashed through the garden and dropped little splashes of color into the centers of some of the flowers to bring some dabs of sunshine from the earth to beckon to the heavens for it to send its own golden rays.
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Sparkles of light seemed to play upon the flowers on this tree when the sun peeked out.  It was but a tease by the sun because by the time I grabbed my camera to get a shot of it, most of it had gone away.  But, even without the illumination, it really is a most lovely little tree.
 March 2014 Garden & Around Town-46Driftwood sentinel in my front trail.  Need to figure out the proper way to decorate this one.

Oh lookie!!!  Rubber band!!!!!


Woops!  Hi again!  Well, looks like we are done for this time.  Hope you had fun.  Leave a few treats on the way out if you don’t mind.


Seattle Japanese Garden 06/07/2013

Japanese Garden20130607_0003 I went with a new friend to wander the Japanese Gardens which is located in the Arboretum there.  To be honest, I thought we were going to the Kuboto Gardens, but I learned that is a different Japanese Garden in the Seattle ares, so it will have to be another trip at another time.
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extending out their crooked branches and fiery leaves like fingers reaching to touch and brush your skin as you pass.
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