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A Peony Farewell

The buckets of peonies at the Market are getting fewer and fewer so am taking every chance to snap away photos and buy up bunches to be savored until next year. A peony farewell for this Flower Friday. My, my, my, they were grand this season. The bunch we brought back from Hawthorne lasted more than 2 weeks–they brightened the dining table just so. Now we look forward to hydrangea, lilies and dahlias. Such a lovely flower-filled time of year…



 

 

The First of the Season Peonies 

That big bucket of the first of the season peonies I spotted at the Market last Saturday are the Flower Friday blooms for the week. Enjoyed for all to see in the shop that day, they then made the ferry crossing to and from Vashon Island. They have been gracing the dining table this week in town to much happiness. The above image when I first saw them. Love when the buds are closed up, just waiting to explode to show the world their ruffly beauty.



 

 

Vibrant Fluttery Yellow Tulips

Yellow has been the theme so far this tulip season. Yesterday the vibrant fluttery yellow grabbed my attention most. These will just be extraordinary once they begin to fully open and do their dance. They will be perfect for our dinner host & hostess this eve. Happy Flower Friday one and all! 



 

 

The Market Daffodils Have Arrived 

Looking ‘up’ has many advantages. Yesterday on my Saturday morning Market stroll before opening up the shop, it was all about the daffodils. Flower box after flower box of the cheerful yellow blooms. The boxes planted high above many of the storefronts and buildings, creating one very large nod to upcoming Spring. Yesterday was really only the beginning, as those flower boxes with be overflowing in the coming weeks with more & more blooms as even more start to open and do their dance. 



 

 

A Day of Display and That View

Spent most of Saturday and yesterday doing display at the Market shop. Not a complete re-do of displays but more of a ‘putter’ as my oldest sister likes to call it. Moving things here & there, cleaning things, polishing things, changing a lightbulb, refreshing a flower. It almost becomes a bit like a meditation, where you get so into the moment, a sort of zen overtakes you. The same is true for all of us at home. Spending a day or an afternoon refreshing your space a tad, can be such a satisfying thing. Your eye will land on new spots and you will see things in a different light. 

After I closed up I waited for my Lyft right outside the Inn courtyard. The below view of the Market has held my heart for close to 20 years now, and it never gets old. Thought I would share it with you all. I know some of you know this view quite well, but for those of you readers around the globe who have never been to Seattle, it is iconic. X, T



 

 

More Creamy Yellow Fluttery Tulip Goodness

This Flower Friday is all about these fluttery blooms I just can’t get enough of. This is the 5th week straight they have come up the winner when choosing tulips standing at the Alm Hills Gardens stall at the Market. They last the full week and each flower has a specialness, whether bundled up as a pack or singly, when they begin to open and do their poetic dance. Happy Friday everyone!







 

 

Singing Tulips 

There they were, bucket after bucket of these extraordinary creamy tulips and the two kind women working the Alm Hill flower stand patiently went through each bucket for me picking the blooms that had the most bursts of red here & there. I told them what a difference it would make once they started to open up. When we woke up the other morning and went into the living room, they seemed to be singing to the opera that was wafting about the air. Happy Friday everyone!



 

 

The Best Nine of 2017

Well, well, well, I know I have hit my holiday relaxation mode stride when I don’t know what day it is! My salmon cake Wine & Dine Wednesday came a day early, apologies. Yesterday morning when I wrote that I must have been certain that it was Wednesday. I woke up early this morning and just started laughing to myself as it was the first thought in my head as soon as I opened my eyes. Gotta say, I am digging our ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ in a pretty big way. Hugely restorative after a crazy busy shopkeeper season. Hawthorne is always so good for the soul. 

Which leads me to the post today, on the real WEDNESDAY… Instagram. I have said it before, but will say again, how much I love it. IG is hugely visual and creative and I find it majorly inspirational. It is a fun, creative addition to the daily blog post, and I know many of my blog readers also follow along on Instagram. It is my social media of choice, and I am able, if I want, to link my post right to the Watson Kennedy Twitter and Facebook accounts, so it is super efficient. The above my most popular images from last year. If you don’t already, follow along, the account is watsonkennedy and much like the blog, I try and mix things up a bit with images of flowers, tables, shop vignettes & goods, design, quotes, and a few images from other folks I find truly inspirational. Happy Wednesday everyone! X



 

 

A Lily Flower Friday

I picked up a bunch of the most interesting color lilies at the little Pike Street & First Avenue corner flower shop the other day. Almost a pink translucent, like vellum. The scent heavenly, I dotted them about the rooms in single stem vases to spread the love around. Thought they had a lovely Flower Friday vibe to them as we head into the Holiday week-end. 



 

 

The Market Tulips Have Arrived!

It is a happy, happy day when the Alm Hill Gardens colorful TULIPS sign returns to the Market bringing tulip sunshine to chilly December. As soon as a customer walked in the shop with a bundle on Saturday, I knew they had arrived and was lickity split out the door to grab a season beginning bunch of white. 

They graced us with their presence throughout the day for all shoppers to enjoy, then got packed up to come home with me for us to enjoy this action-packed week. The dining table now a sunny spot. I liked them all nice and tightly together, like they were at the shop. So rather than have them dot the table as I often like to do, the tulips got a fresh cut and got plunked in a clear glass vessel so the dancing stems could be enjoyed too.