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Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

“‘What a lovely thing a rose is!’

He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green.  It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects.

‘There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion,’ said he, leaning with his back against the shutters.  ‘It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner.  Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers.  All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance.  But this rose is an extra.  Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it.  It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.'”
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Red rose

Red rose

June is the month of roses, and I celebrated with a visit to Seattle’s Woodland Park Rose Garden.  Even though admission is free, it is rarely crowded.  The varieties of roses there is amazing.

'Secret' hybrid tea rose

‘Secret’ hybrid tea rose

White flower beds near the pond

White flower beds near the pond

Lovely setting for a picnic

Lovely setting for a picnic

Water lilies in the pond

Water lilies in the pond

Woodland Park Rose Garden

Woodland Park Rose Garden

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To Paint a Rose

June 21, 2013

Caribbean grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”
— Henri Matisse

June is the month of roses, and in celebration of the first day of summer, this post takes you to the Woodland Park Rose Garden in Seattle.  It is a colorful oasis in the city.   Entry to the garden is free, so I’m always surprised to see so few visitors there.

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Long view across the garden

Long view across the garden

Diana Princess of Wales hybrid tea roses

Diana Princess of Wales hybrid tea roses

Roses in Woodland Park

Roses in Woodland Park

At the Woodland Park Rose Garden

At the Woodland Park Rose Garden

Sweetness grandiflora

Sweetness grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

Neptune hybrid tea roses

Neptune hybrid tea roses

Day Breaker floribunda

Day Breaker floribunda

Time to play with my camera's kaleidoscope effect

Time to play with my camera’s kaleidoscope effect

And tunnel effect

And tunnel effect

Watercolor sketch of Caribbean Grandiflora rose

Watercolor sketch of Caribbean Grandiflora rose

 

 

“A little Cyclops, with one eye
Staring to threaten and defy . . . ”
— William Wordsworth, from “To the Daisy”

“English for day’s eye is daisy, the flower whose petals open at dawn and close at twilight.”
— Diane Ackerman, Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

Blue-eyed African Daisy

African Daisies, Woodland Park Rose Garden

I am captivated by the shocking blue eyes of these African daisies, osteospermum, that I saw at the Woodland Park Rose Garden.  There were a few plants with unusual spoon-shaped petals.  Interesting flowers!

Spoon-shaped petals of African daisies

Looks like a time-lapse photo of a pebble dropped in strawberry milk!

African daisies

Watercolor and ink sketch of daisies

Astrantia Images

July 6, 2011

I saw these lovely flowers at the Woodland Park Rose Garden.  I didn’t know what they were called, so I asked one of the gardeners there.  I learned that they are astrantia.  I thought they’d feel prickly, like thistles.  But they’re not.  They felt soft and ethereal.  Aren’t they beautiful?

Astrantia in bloom

Astrantia

Astrantia

Astrantia

Astrantia

Astrantia

“I have never found a city without its walkers’ rewards.”
— John Finley, “Traveling Afoot”

Common sight on urban walks, waiting for the walking sign

I so enjoyed my first long urban hike across the I-90 floating bridge (see yesterday’s post), that I’ve planned several more.

I set out on my second long walk, a journey of 8-1/2 miles, from my home to the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I hiked 3-1/2 hours, including stops for photos and coffee and a picnic breakfast, along a route with scenic trails.  Here are some highlights:

6:00 a.m. on the path at Green Lake: notice my long shadow in the early morning light

Summer morning at Green Lake

First stop: the Woodland Park Rose Garden at 50th & Fremont Ave N (unfortunately, the gates did not open until 7 a.m.)

I could still enjoy the roses viewed through my zoom lens!

Tree-lined walk down Fremont Avenue N

Waiting for the Interurban sculpture at Fremont & N 34th Streets. It's a Seattle tradition to decorate these statues.

Trees line the Ship Canal between the locks and Lake Union. My walk took me along the Ship Canal Trail.

Rowers on the Ship Canal

I crossed over the train tracks on W Dravus Street after stopping for coffee at Starbucks.

Mount Rainier seen from the Elliott Bay Trail

I took a short detour off the trail to check out the Amgen Helix Bridge.

The Amgen Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge to the Amgen campus.

Looking across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains from the Elliott Bay Trail

Totem pole along the Elliott Bay Trail

Small rose garden along the trail, with Spaceneedle in the background

Lovely yellow roses

The trail runs along the Olympic Sculpture Park.

I walked along Seattle's waterfront to the Hill Climb to the Pike Place Market.

Flower vendor at the Pike Place Market

Truck at the Pike Place Market

The Acoustics of Autumn

November 10, 2010

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.”
     — Eric Sloane

Autumn at Green Lake in Seattle

Walking along Latona Avenue North in Seattle

Fall foliage at the Woodland Park Rose Garden

I like how today’s quote reminds me to use all of my senses, including hearing, to more fully appreciate the autumn season.

Watercolor sketch of fallen leaf

Withered flower in the Woodland Park Rose Garden

“The skies they were ashen and sober;
The leaves they were crisped and sere —
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year.”
     — Edgar Allan Poe, “Ulalume”

Rose after rain shower

Woodland Park Rose Garden

June is the month of roses, so I made a special effort to visit the Woodland Park Rose Garden between rain showers.  I thought if I waited for a sunny day, I might miss the entire rose season.  Seattle has set a new weather record.  We have never before gone this far into the year without hitting 75 degrees.  Looks like we won’t be hitting that mark any time soon!

The roses covered in raindrops were lovely.

Intrigue Floribunda

About Face

Heirloom Hybrid Tea Rose

Rose bud amidst the allium

French Perfume Hybrid Tea Rose

Lily pond at the Woodland Park Rose Garden

Duck napping in the lily pond

Lily pads and blooms