Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Best Laid Plans
If everything had gone according to our plans, this post would actually be all about our trip to San Francisco. I say "if", because we didn't actually go. All the arrangements were made, hotel booked, car rented, clothes washed and ready for packing. Unfortunately our cat, Gordon, had other plans. The day before we were scheduled to leave, we noticed she was acting strange, she seemed very lethargic and had no appetite.
We finally had to admit that she just wasn't well, and we ran her to the vet at 6pm on Saturday (yay for big vet bills)! When we finally got the diagnosis (colitis), we were told we'd have to give her medicine twice a day...for TEN days...yikes. We canceled our reservations, returned the car and went home crestfallen.
We kind of moped around for the first day, but then decided we'd make the most of it. We were still on vacation, after all, and any day not spent at work is a good day, right!?!
We took a short hike on the first day, then decided to take a day-trip up to Seattle, which we hadn't done in quite a while. The Pacific Science Center was hosting an exhibit on King Tut, which sounded intriguing.
I've been to Seattle a few times, but had never actually visited this area adjacent to the Space Needle...these arches were pretty interesting.
After we finished up with the King Tut exhibit, we wandered around and found the Exotic Butterfly exhibit...and thought, "why not".
It was actually kind of amazing...there were hundreds of huge, colorful butterflies everywhere...it was crazy...and humid...way too humid!
One thing is for certain...butterflies don't cooperate when it comes to having their picture taken...little divas.
I think every time I visit Seattle, there is some sort of Chihuly exhibit...and this was no exception.
The iconic Space Needle, which apparently has been re-painted to the original specifications.
This strange garden installation at the base of the Space Needle caught my eye. After reading a little bit, it was inspired by Formal French Parterres, but planted using erosion control...the plants are all planted into the "barriers".
I'm not sure this is particularly practical...but it was an interesting idea.
A lot of the plantings around the space needle focus on annuals and exotics...but of course, I gravitate toward other things...like these lovely Pennisetum :-)
Since we didn't have any set plans (aside from the King Tut exhibit), as we headed out the door I posted on Facebook, asking if anyone had a recommendation for a good nursery/garden center in the Seattle area. There were a lot of good recommendations (and the one I REALLY wanted to seek out was Dragonfly Farms...but we ran short on time), so I decided on another popular choice, Molbak's.
Molbak's seems to really cater to the seasons, and appropriately, there was a plethora of autumn decor around the nursery.
I was a little sad that they grass selection was so small..but they still had some nice plants, like this lovely Muhlenbergia capillaris.
I love Molinia variegata. Actually, come to think of it, I love pretty much ANY Molinia!
While space is at a premium in my garden, I couldn't pass up these Mukdenia 'Crimson Fans'...just look at that amazing color!
Back home, we've been mostly relaxing these past few days...and the weather has been really lovely...and I can enjoy it more, now that the promise of rain is in the air. I'll be happy to have the rains return, to be sure, but I've actually been pretty surprised at how well the garden has done this summer. The parking strips, in particular, have proved to be very tough. I've only watered the established parking strips a handful of times all summer...and they seem totally unfazed.
So, even though our autumn vacation wasn't what we had planned, we've made the most of it. I even managed to sleep until 8:30 the other morning (for those who don't know me...that's sort of like most people sleeping until noon)! Now that the weather is cool, there's really nothing I need to do in the garden, except to sit back and enjoy the show as the fall spectacle unfolds.
Oh, and in spite of her loathing of the medicine, Gordon seems to be doing better and better each day :-)