One of the things I most love about flowers is they make you quite aware of the season. You really feel like you are deep into Spring when peony arrive. I think of it as seasonal living. Eat what is in season and it will be the best it can be. Same goes for flowers.
My favorite flower vendor on Saturday in the Market had the first peony offering for the season. This variety is so delicate, with wispy petals surrounding these most gorgeous riot of color center. I find the 2 to be in sharp contrast to one another, which makes this variety just breathtaking.
I placed single stems around the Market shop. Throughout the day they just unfolded to remarkable beauty. This was a memorable first bunch of the season.
We arrived safe & sound to New York last evening. Our drive North took us through the historic town of Garrison as we arrived at our destination of Kent Cliffs. It is the country home of my best friend from college, Devin. I have written about staying here in the past. It really is like a second home to us, we have stayed here so often. He always makes us feel so welcome here. We will use this as home base until Sunday when head into the city. We are going to Brimfield in a few days. I can hardly wait. It is one of the the largest antique shows/flea markets in the world. More on that later…
Actually, make that the backs and bottoms of things, but I thought that was a rather suggestive heading. My walk yesterday morning of the Market had me looking up, down, and all around. I had never looked at the backside of the iconic Public Market Center sign. Sure, the Space Needle might be what first comes to mind when folks from far away think of an image of Seattle. But I am so incredibly fond of the above sign. The Market will always be the heart of Seattle to me. The sign from behind looks strong, formidable–just as it should. After taking that shot, I started seeing the interest in the backs and bottoms of things on my stroll. The below produce looking so vibrant. The bottoms producing such visual interest. Beauty is really swirling all around us. We just have to keep our eyes open to see it. Something I remind myself often.
My Saturday morning stroll around the Market was highlighted by a stop at one of my very favorite stalls, Sosio’s. The produce and fruit is always just the very freshest, the displays are like still life paintings, and the folks who work there are just incredibly helpful & nice. The stand is named after Sosio Manzo, an immigrant farmer who would sell his own produce over 50 years ago at the Market. The current owners kept the name in tribute to the Manzo family. There is just a feeling you get when you are in the space of pride of place. Everyone is a wealth of knowledge on what they are selling, and as stated above, just darn nice. Here is what caught my eye–it will be fun cooking all this up in the next few days.
Tulips just make me happy. I love making people happy. The two go hand & hand today. I apologized last month for possibly writing too many tulip posts. Folks then sent e-mails and made comment in the shops to me that no apology was needed. Soooo, here is another, and I know I have a few more coming in the next few months. The tulips here are just too good not to share. I snapped these yesterday from the flower stall of my favorite tulip vendor at the Pike Place Market. Yes, Spring really is here!
Last Saturday in Seattle was gorgeous. We had flown in from our trip quite late the eve before, but I was up early as I was excited to work the Market shop that day. A sunny Saturday is really pretty hard to beat being in the Pike Place Market. Flowers were at the top of my quick shopping list. The sunny-ness of the day making the task pretty awesome. This bucket of hyacinth just blew me away. It was an easy choice that day. I thought I would share them with you as we head into the week-end. Hope you like…
I was in need of fresh flowers for home yesterday so I did a quick run through the Market stalls for a bit of inspiration. This solo bucket of daffodils being a sure sign that Spring is really coming. The sweet, sweet delicate yellow petals a welcome sight for the eyes and the soul.
Actually, make that white parrot tulips with a heavy dose of green running through them. These are just divine. My Saturday morning walk around the Market was filled, as usual, with stellar visuals–the produce and flowers a feast for the eyes. I hope I don’t bore you with another tulip post, but they make me incredibly happy, I just could not resist. What I still find to this day so amazing about tulips is the variety. This version, just keeps getting better & better as it opens. To highlight the singular beauty of each petal, I cut them quite short and put them about the house in simple clear drinking glasses. That way they could be enjoyed in each room. Natural works of art.
My Saturday stroll through the Market ended on a very happy note, as my very favorite tulip vendor also had a few buckets of hyacinth. We have had a string of super foggy damp days in Seattle, and seeing those blooms just perked me up thinking about Spring. These really are such happy flowers.
I placed the hyacinth around the shop. The above simple French drinking glass showing off the beauty of the buds.
The vintage clear glass bottle holding a hyacinth tightly in a display.
While a very large, wide mouthed apothecary jar gives the flower plenty of room to shine. The scent of the hyacinth would soon fill the air.
The Market on Saturday morning also had one of my favorite vendors who mainly brings in tulips. Yes tulips! It made for a happy morning.
Bucket after bucket of lovely hothouse tulips. They really did bring a ray of sunshine to what was a very cold and rainy day.
Tulips do so well in the cold, so they were looking pretty perky even in the chill.
But the red were the ones that caught my eye. A bit festive Holiday, a bit of Spring. They are a perfect hit of happy color placed around our home in the city as we head into this most busiest of weeks.
A fun week to all of you out there!
My Saturday morning stroll through the Pike Place Market was a bit abbreviated yesterday, as the task list of things to do with shop related things was a little bit longer than most, given the busy shopping season. I did squeeze in a mini walk around. If you are in the area, the Holidays are a great time to peruse and be put in a jolly mood. You can just feel the festiveness in the air. I spotted a beautiful assortment of kale. We have really gotten into kale salads in the past few years. The trick I learned from a chef in NYC was to use maple syrup in the vinaigrette as it helps cut the bitterness of the kale. We now have it often during the cold months. It is so filling and you just feel healthy eating it. The below garlic looked amazing too. I love roasting whole heads to bring out the sweetness, then spreading the soft, oozy garlic onto warm toast points for an appetizer. It is just fun walking around without an agenda, getting inspiration at every turn.