Monday, July 18, 2011

A Good Day

I had a great birthday!

Tom and I had tickets for free brunch at Ivar's Salmon House, which we were given when I donated to a charity last December.  This restaurant on the north shore of Lake Union offers a full seafood buffet, plus huge selections of cheeses, fruits, standard breakfast fare, and of course, the dessert bar.  Yesterday I didn't count calories.

After brunch, and for most of the rest of the day, we toured Open Gardens in the north Seattle area, starting not far from the restaurant.  Lots of photo follow.

We finished the day by meeting up with son Jake, friend Tad, and Tom's sister Jan at a pub in Ballard for dinner and a good visit.  We got home about 7:30 after a full day, and I found a message from the grand kids, so I called them for a phone visit. It was a great birthday!

These photos are mostly from small, private city gardens belonging to members o the Northwest Perennial Alliance.  We had light rain until about 2:00, but with umbrellas unfurled, we enjoyed every garden, and the cloud cover and rain drops on roses made for good photography.

 Since we were in the neighborhood, we stopped by one of our favorite nurseries, Swanson's.  I love the color combinations they use in their displays.
 While Tom got coffee in the cafe, I watched the koi.
We really like this new hydrangea, but it is pricey.  We found a bedraggled but healthy one on the half price table, and bought that.
 I like to study the pot combinations they put together here.
 And then we were back in the private gardens.

 It's amazing what city gardeners can do with their parking strips.
 And in some neighborhoods, just walking down the sidewalk is a treat.
And now it's a new day.  The sun is shining.  We'll get the last of the hedges pruned today.  And I'll be back to counting calories!


  1. Happy birthday, Linda!!! I love your photos.

  2. A very Happy Belated Birthday wish for you, Linda, may your celebrate many more! Sounds as though you had a fantastic day! Love all your photos! They're really breathtaking!
    Enjoy your week!


  3. Sounds like you had a just-right birthday!

  4. I think you spent your birthday doing the perfect combination of activities: eating great food at a special place, walking through wonderful gardens, and practicing your photography skills by capturing the beauty of the gardens you visited.

  5. Oh my Linda, these photos are almost more than my mind can process. Part of that may be the skills of the photographer. Wow! Thanks for sharing

  6. 1. Happy, happy birthday to you!! And yes, you really did have a great day, didn't you?

    2. The photos are breathtaking -- and the blues!! the delphiniums, the wall, the textures!!

  7. Happy belated birthday, Linda! Sorry I missed it, but your pictures show that it is has been a wonderful time. Trying to catch up with all my bloggers after having been gone from home 13 hours!

  8. What a wonderful day to celebrate your birthday. So happy it was a great one, and these are fabulous photos.

  9. Good gosh, Linda! What incredible photos! You plumb knocked me off my seat with these gorgeous shots.

    Happy HAPPY BElated Birthday! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful, lovely day to celebrate. Yahoo!

  10. This was a flower lover's dream post. Beautiful! And Happy Birthday, too~


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