Flowers and entertaining go hand in hand and of course I’m thinking about entertaining during Seafair.

Seafair, is an annual event which began in August 1950 and continues to this day.  The festival is happening all over the Puget Sound right now. It includes the air show by the Blue Angels,  The hydroplane races,  milk carton boat races, parades, Seafair pirates and nightly parties all over town. If you want to come to Seattle during a fun time~ come for Seafair! You can read a little about the history of Seafair at the link below.

Historical ad for Seafair



Now that it’s August, and  summer has finally decided to arrive in Seattle it’s time for the first salmon BBQ of the year.  Check out the link for to find out about all of the festivities happening in Seattle for Seafair.







Here is my favorite Salmon recipe, a  fantastic Maple Ginger Glazed salmon. Honestly, I think it is the best salmon I’ve ever tasted

Grilled Salmon with Maple Ginger Glaze

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced or

4 cloves garlic peeled and minced

1/2 to 3/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes

Salt to taste

1 – 3 lb side of  fillet of salmon with the skin on

3 to 4 Tbsp of olive oil

Heat grill, while you make the sauce. In a small dish mix the first 6 ingredients together. Coat the salmon with olive oil with a pastry brush and place salmon on the grill flesh side down, cook 7-8 minutes until it loosens itself from the grill.  Turn salmon over  ( skin side down) and spoon the sauce over the cooked side of the fish and grill until the sauce has forms a glaze, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the grill and serve

I served it along with grilled peaches and twice baked potatoes.  It was a delicious BBQ. And please don’t forget to add a little grace to your life by adding flowers to the table!




Women cooking salmon, Muckleshoot Reservation, ca. 1950 Seattle Post-Intelligencer



Salmon have a rich history here in the Northwest.  University of Washington has a fantastic digital collection of some of the controversial issues surrounding salmon.  The collection has some amazing photographs as well. Follow the link above to browse it.


Salishan man named William We-ah-lup smoking salmon, Tulalip Indian Reservation, Washington, 1906 Photographer Edson, Norman, d. 1968.









Like farmers, fishermen run small businesses that support the local economy and provide high quality salmon at fair values for all. By supporting local fishermen, you ensure the continued availability of this precious local product. For more information on buying local salmon contact:

Puget Sound Salmon Commission
1900 West Nickerson Street, Suite 116
PMB 210
Seattle, WA 98119
Tel: 206-595-8734


Founded in 1892, Seattle Yacht Club is one of our country’s most active and long-established yacht clubs. With facilities ranging from the historic main station on Portage Bay, to ten outstations located along the shores of Washington and British Columbia, the club offers an outstanding group of properties for use by its members. The history of the club is tied in with the history of pleasure boating and yacht racing in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m looking forward to this weekend, a lovely wedding in sunny yellow & fresh ivory & and green, just like the NW!

This  Seattle wedding venue features  weddings with  an intimate ambiance that can be customized to anticipate all of your needs.  We are doing a lovely event there this weekend.  Elegant cream and green and browns, so fitting to our local northwest environment. Orchids, roses abound! Hope to post photo’s soon.  At this point both of these wedding are still visions in my mind.

Our upcoming event~ Tie the knot

Our first ever summer event, which is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the newly added gardens at Heritage Hall.  It should be lovely!

A charming peaceful country setting with sprawling farmland & the majestic Mt Rainier towering above the Cascade mountains.  True tranquility and a perfect setting for a lovely wedding.  A fun and festive cherry themed wedding is next on my calendar, I  can’t wait for the big day, and hope to post some fun pictures after the event.

This is going to be one fantastic venue, historical and beautiful.  A lush organic, bouquet with scabiosa pods, bay leaf, lavender, scabiosa, rosemary, berries, lizzie and freesia, are just the perfect look for this venue!  I’m so excited to capture the ambiance of this place in the flowers!

A captivating urban oasis in downtown Seattle, this venue is so  luxurious yet intimate at the same time.  I’m Looking forward to the upcoming  lush and romantic all white wedding.  It’s just  so classic and elegant!

Happy Wedding Season!

Of course I couldn’t resist taking some pictures, while I was in the middle of  a botanical lovers paradise. I had the pleasure of going through a few gardens on Kauai.  I was truly amazed at how big things grow there.  I buy a lot of tropical things from Hawaii, but for me to see them growing wild, and in gardens in their natural form was fantastic!  Thought you might enjoy seeing just a few of the things that I was so delighted by.

Is it my imagination or do things just look better in the sunshine!

I’m always interested in the places where our flowers come from.  Many of our flowers come from Costa Rica.  This is a link to one of my favorite websites called     Enjoy!

For those of you who wondered why we broke tradition and closed on Saturday, much to some folks dismay~ here is a recap of the weekend along with a big thanks for your understanding and patience!  Not quite at the turning 60 mark, but 59 is still a reflective moment in your life~ we enjoyed it quite a bit!  Thanks for understanding that sometimes family is more important!

The elusive and extremely rare Ghost orchid ( dendrophylax lindenii ) is blooming early this year.  Other common names include Palm Polly and White Frog Orchid.  You can see from the video why it’s called it a frog orchid. The orchid was  formerly classified under Polyrrhiza but has recently been moved to the genus Dendrophylax.

The Ghost orchid usually blooms between June and August with it’s peak blooming time arriving in July, but this year it was found to be blooming three months early.  The bloom was discovered March 26th, this year. It’s interesting to note that just about everything has been three months early this year. Strange!

This orchid is native to SW Florid, Cuba, Haiti, and there are only around 1000 of them in the world.  They are known to exist in Fakahatchee Strand in Florida.  This blog has some great photos and informative information about the preserve The orchids are also found in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

Habitat loss from logging in Fakahatchee Strand, and the digging of canal systems throughout South Florida,  have reduced orchid numbers.  Even though these orchids are endangered in the wild, poachers are still tempted by the idea of theft ( remember the orchid thief movie and book, this orchid was the subject in the book ) which has contributed to further damage of the species. The sad thing is that ghost orchids rarely survive being transplanted.  Since the ghost orchid is not self pollinating, it depends on only one species of insect, the giant sphinx moth for pollination. It is the only insect with a long enough proboscis since the orchid has about a five inch throat.  Go here for some awesome photos and informative info on wild orchids of Florida if you are interested in reading more.

This was an interesting video of an attempt to catch the sphinx moth pollinating the orchid..I thought it was a hummingbird! I’ve watched it twice and I still think it was a bird.  Can you imagine the thrill of infrared photography, and sitting,  waiting just to see what shows up in the dark!  This couple also have an interesting site with lots of information about the ghost orchid.

If I didn’t fear snakes and alligators so much, I would certainly be taking a trip to Florida to check this out!  I spent a few weeks camping in Florida, close to a lake no less and it was one of creepiest things I’ve ever done.  So many gators and snakes, I found myself not able to really relax and enjoy it.  Maybe since a trip to find this orchid would be on a board walk,  I could handle the swamp. Actually the more I think about it, I’m liking the pictures on the web just fine! 🙂

A friend sent me Amy Stewart’s new book called Wicked Plants because she said it seemed like it was right up my alley. I’m in the business of plants and flowers,  nothing much bother’s me, but this book has certainly given even me a new appreciation about some of the dangers of plants!  I hope to never have contact with any of the ones she mentions in her book although I have used monkshood in floral designs. Then I read in her book that just touching the plant can cause cardiac problems..well I know that reading about it causes cardiac problems for sure!  Yikes! I’ll never use that plant in my flower arrangements again!

Maybe that book has made me more aware of my wild friendly surroundings.  Today while up in the mountains, I was looking at plants through a new set of eyes.  That nasty devils club, I went way out of my way to avoid it!  I found this little three leafed plant with red berries, I stayed far away from that too

Little red berry hiding under the bear grass

Little red berry hiding under the bear grass


Then there was the monster plant that looked like something from the dinosaur era, I think it looked like skunk cabbage, but I don’t think I’d eat it!

Another imaginary wicked plant from Amy's book

Dinosaur plant?

BEAR what??

BEAR what??

Then I stumbled upon these clumps of grass, and when the wind kicked up and the brush started to move I began to wonder if BEARS had anything to do with Bear grass, is it wicked too? These grasses grow in the vicinity of HuckleBEARies?  Hmmm?

Then I finally found a friendly plant, fireweed, it’s purple and it’s pretty and it makes good honey, and the best part.. it wasn’t mentioned in Amy Stewarts book  of ” Wicked Plants” !  Things are looking up!

Friendly non wicked plant

Friendly non wicked plant

As my hunt for huckleberries progressed, I ran across this pretty group of plants, and since I think one was either hemlock which has a wicked sounding name, or maybe it was yew, which has wicked red poisonous berries and the other one had wicked spiny barbs, I decided it was only  “pretty”  from a distance!

Pretty from a distance?

Pretty from a distance?

Then I finally found the jewel I was looking for, huckleberry bushes, but by now I am having moments of doubt, are these a part of the wicked plant family too? Remember those Bearies?

Finally a nice plant!

Finally a nice plant!

Now that I have survived my hiking trip,  I’ve decide that I really really love and enjoyed Amy Stewart’s new book called Wicked Plants, but  it’s not a good book to take on a hiking trip to the woods unless you have nerves of steel!

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