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Dinner Plate Dahlias

20140615-091728.jpg I had a lovely book signing yesterday morning at the fab Swansons Nursery. After, I was able to walk around a bit and get inspired by all the plants & flowers that surrounded me. The above dinner plate dahlia a perfect marker that Summer is just days away. Dahlias are those flowers that just speak of Summer and warm days to me. The dinner plate variety being so large, literally dinner plate sized, that you really only need one flower to perk up a space, a table, or a desk. The enormity of the bloom allows you to really see all the glorious petals in oversized beauty. I really love all dahlias, put the dinner plate variety always stops me in my tracks.

A happy Father’s Day to all you dads reading. Hope you are being feted in the style that makes you happiest.
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Swansons Nursery {Book Signing} Tomorrow

20140613-062627.jpg Book signings continue as I will be at the beyond lovely Swansons Nursery in North Seattle tomorrow, Saturday from 10 to 12:30. I so hope you can stop by if you are in the area. Grab a coffee in their cafe and peruse the beautiful plants and garden supplies. Get a signed book for yourself or to give as a gift. Swansons is a 5 acre nursery which began in 1924. Located in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood, just north of Ballard. They promote organic, sustainable gardening and are dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Hope to see you there!


20140613-065149.jpg The above 2 photos I took a few Sundays ago at a birthday brunch for our friend Kate. Taken in her backyard, I thought they worked nicely with a post about a garden shop. Cheers to things blooming as we quickly approach the official start of Summer!