Well, Spring has been quite coy this year, peeking out from behind the clouds and flirting with us between chilly days and rain storms. But she finally seems to settling in for a real visit. To celebrate her appearance, Samos and I had a super fun day, beginning with lunch at Swanson’s nursery. This used to be just “the place to go” for garden shopping, but now there is a nice restaurant as well.
Then a postprandial amble through Carkeek Park.
I hadn’t been there for about a hundred years, and I had never been on the Piper’s Creek trail. What a delightful surprise was awaiting us!
A lovely orchard, planted in the eighteen nineties, later forgotten and overgrown until it was rediscovered a hundred years later and lovingly restored. There are apple trees, with many varieties popular in the early nineteenth century, as well as pear, quince, and nut trees. Another Seattle secret delight revealed!