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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Seattleites' Secret

They say Seattleites brag about Pacific Northwest being rainy for population control.
This is what they want to keep for themselves.

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The pictures were taken yesterday from here:


Ooops, this blog is supposed to be about a garden. Here it is, not far from the Space Needle:
water art


  1. Fantastic pictures. I never got to Seattle - I obviously missed something special.

  2. *GASP* How could you!? It was supposed to be a secret. Now everyone will come. Great photos, though!

  3. Such a beautiful scenery! I must make a visit to Seattle.

  4. Hi Tatyana

    Sometimes I just need the city.

    Great pics


  5. beautiful!

    I love seattle so much so that I could live there. We used to go every year for the past few years. Our brother in law and family lived there and so we'd visit. They just moved back to Ohio in September-we had tickets this past January that we didn't get to use bah! Sad!

    at any rate, thanks for sharing I love to see it-always!

  6. Are you sure you don't work with the Seattle travel/tourest agency? I've never been to Washington state nor Seattle but your post is tempting! Beautiful photos...a lovely day, and looks like you must have had a great time taking photos from that tower;)

  7. Nice photos! I thought maybe they were postcards at first. How fortuitous that the weather was so nice. The Space Needle terrifies me. I couldn't go up there if my life depended on it. I'm a wimp. The garden picture is lovely too.

  8. I really like the way Seattle looks, it is like they built the city within the natural elements.

    About the Castor Bean...mine was pretty much behaved last year, it did flower, but I cut those off. The flowers are nothing special, so if you cut them off no seeds will form. I have two dogs and I was worried bout the seeds, but so far they have lived in harmony. My Castor is getting to tall for me to cut them off of the top so we will see what happens. They have smaller plants that are more ornamental(like red leaves) than mine that would be easier to cut the flowers off. My Castor Tree was fine until we hit 23 degrees this past February. I also expect with the first Tropical Storm or Hurricane that effects us it will blow down. The winter cold fronts already did and caused me to stake it. It is however forming a woody trunk at the bottom that is growing upwards, maybe making it stronger.


  9. Hi Tatyana, indeed a beautiful spot, we love the sky and skyline as much as garden shots any day, but thanks for the signs of spring with those emerging green leaves. :-) Your acanthus is phenomenal, I have ordered some and will give it a try this year. Hope it looks someday as wonderful as yours.

  10. I love the Northwest. One day I'll come for another visit.

  11. What beautiful pix and the puppy,so adorable. Is it yours? Seattle is one of my most favorite cities in the whole world. I love it almost as much as my city SF. I bet you love London too!!

  12. Tatyana,

    Seattle is so beautiful! I hope to visit someday. This is a lovely blog- keep adding pictures!

    -Mavis (Elena's daughter)

  13. Hermes, it's a not so long flight... Just think: Seattle...British Columbia...Vancouver Island... Butchart Gardens... It's all here!

    Melanthia, I think I lost my ability to keep secrets after having this beautiful break in weather.

    Cathy, for you it's a very short trip! Come over!

    Rob, I hear what you say. I miss a big city, too. After living in Moscow for 7 years and in my home town with 700,000 people and other big places, it was not easy to settle down in a beautiful but small town. The good thing is that Seattle, Portland OR and Vancouver BC are very close.

    Beth, I thought he moved because of the weather, but you told me that rains didn't bother him. Then, he might be back one day, and you'll have a reason to visit Seattle again!

    Jan, No, I don't work for them, Yes, it was a good day. It was good for taking pictures, too - not too bright.

    Grace, thanks! They have a rotating restaurant there... What if someone invites you for a dinner?

    Jake, it's very well said! I like how you describe it. Thanks for the castor bean info. I also think that it's not very dangerous.

    Frances, thank you! Will wait for your acanthus pictures. I saw this plant growing in containers, too.Looks good.

    Donna, just remember - May-September.

    Iona, thanks! It's my dog and he is almost 4 years old now.And yes, I love London!

    Mavis, thanks! Everything is ahead for you! Stop by if you are in Seattle area.

  14. The press about the rain has been effective in keeping my husband and I from moving there! Your photos are is a beautiful city and we love it and the areas nearby. Gail

  15. Gail, Thanks! Some people move to different states because of the NW weather. Sometimes, it DOES get on your nerves. I've never been to Tennessee. I hope to learn about it from TN gardeners.
    Sue, thanks! I'm glad you stopped by.


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