We had planned to visit some more NPA Open Gardens on Sunday, and since they were in the same general direction as Irene's camp, we combined the two, and I got to spend much of the day with Irene as she critiqued some lovely gardens in the Snohomish area.
Garden of Ramona Hensrude and John Barnington
From the first garden we visited, her radar picked up every garden bench there was to sit on.
Another garden, another bench, this one a swing! She said it was very hard to get out of this one, there in the shade.
In the garden of Robert and Cathy Haynes"Grandma, this is what you need in that place where you took down the tree! A grape arbor!"
The home and studio of Karen Guzak and Warner Blake, Angel Arms Works, is very beautiful, full of charming sitting areas and wonderful artistic creations.
Charlie didn't really want Irene to leave, and it was mutual.
We had to skip several gardens, so we selected a few we had not seen before. We were very happy to get to see this wonderful place, the garden of Fred Rowe and Ed Poquette.
Always another bench!
I got lots of advice here from Irene about how we needed to put in a water feature.
"Oh, there are fish!"
"Oh, this is what we should put over our hot tub. Then if someone wanted to kiss of something they could close the curtains." Her hot tub, not mine. I don't have one.
After visiting four gardens, we moved on, and landed in Monroe for lunch at a Subway.
We were doing very well on our timing, so we stopped in Duvall to look in some shops and then have ice cream. After all, it was now 95 degrees outside, and it was National Ice Cream Day.
The little ice cream shop was very busy and hot, so we opted for the self serve frozen yogurt place, that was almost empty and well cooled. The mango sorbet, topped with the raspberry sorbet, was delicious! Irene enjoyed her cotton candy flavor.
We finally got her to her camp, Camp River Ranch near Carnation, WA. It was very hot, so we stuck to the shade as much as possible as we got her checked in.
We bought her the newest addition of the camp sweatshirt, which she might need later this week, as a cooling trend is supposed to set in.
We got her settled into her covered wagon bunk house, kissed her goodbye and left her in the care of her camp councilor.
We got back in our air conditioned car and drove back to our air conditioned house where we stayed put for the rest of the day.
Today is a much cooler 77 degrees at 4:00. We are on garden and cat sitter duty over at Jill's house this week. Tomorrow we take Jake in for his first post-surgery check back.
Once a parent, always a parent, except when you are a grand parent.