has to be up there on my list of favorite cities.
It reminds me so much of San Francisco. Fortunately
my wife and I went to Seattle during the only 2 weeks
out of the year that it doesn’t rain there.
I said, it is much like San Francisco except
for a few differences:
people were friendlier. I don’t know
what it is, or if its just me – but
people there were much happier. Don’t
get me wrong – I love San Francisco.
It's where I live, but there is just something
different about Seattle. People are more
2.) Drivers. Yes. People
will let you merge and not stick any weird
fingers up at you.
3.) Lack of pigeons. In
SF it seems like everywhere you turn that
there’s another one of those flying
rodents. I only counted about 36 pigeons
during my week stay in Seattle.
everywhere. I think this is the explanation
for #1, 2, and possibly 3. There may be just
too much caffeine in the water and pigeons
can’t take it. That’s my hypothesis.
Perhaps those 36 pigeons I saw were developing
we saw many things there in Seattle – our walks
thru the market and downtown Seattle, coffee morning,
noon, and night, and – the scrapbooking – ah
yes. The rubber stamps. (We made friends at http://www.impress.com, more about
this in a future article…)
my trip there was memorable, and one of those things
that made it so was a trip to Oudean’s Willow
Creek Nursery in Snohomish county, Washington. In
researching our vacation to Seattle, I discovered
Oudean’s Willow Creek Nursery. I then contacted
Karen Oudean (owner) a couple weeks prior to our
trip. She was very friendly and helpful to this tourist
in giving me information on how to get there (very
off we went from the hotel we were staying
at (Edgewater hotel [http://www.edgewaterhotel.com] and
then we proceeded to beautiful Snohomish county.
the way, I still can’t say it. Smosh-smish?
Smush, Shmashmoch-mish? Er, Smishmish county
is what I call it for short…) Thru the
beautiful Pacific-Northwest we journeyed. We
only forgot one thing. Breakfast. (Long story.)
All we had, of course, was some good Seattle
The scenery itself in this beautiful county was just so refreshing. The
majestic countryside evoked feelings of tranquility and rest. I am reminded
of the bond that we as human beings have with the earth and land whenever
I go thru such beautiful country-like vistas. The sights, the sounds,
and the smells were also quite memorable, for we drove behind a truck
loaded with cows on a two lane highway for a few miles. Whooo boy, was
that something. Bond with earth all right. It was worth it though, fighting
my way thru that foul stench to reach the place that I had so longed
to be. Down the gravel road we went. My wife and I weren’t sure
if we indeed reached our destination at first for what we initially saw
was only a single greenhouse. We thought it was just another one of the
homes in the neighborhood, but as we drew closer…
JOY, OH RAPTURE! At first I was greeted by a happy
head of Darlingtonia. As I walked closer, I noticed
all sorts of pitcher plants, flytraps, sundews … and
all in mass quantities! A plethora of carnivorous
plants surrounded me. Talk about pure bliss… My
entire being was filled with laughter, my heart sang,
my knees got weak, and pure delight and merriment
welled up within me. I could hear Handel’s
Hallelujah Chorus so loudly within the confines of
my then overexcited mind. I
forgot all about the odor that previously tormented
me. I forgot that I hadn’t eaten the whole
day. Now I was doomed since I wanted to spend the
rest of my vacation in this very nursery.
Oudean came out and greeted us and showed us
around the nursery. I seriously was going to
faint. I was surrounded by nothing but carnivorous
plants. There were several watering trays used
for the plants that were quite a few feet long
by a several wide that were made from 2 x 4’s
and pond liner. Karen also showed me the mini
bog-container gardens that used a special watering
container -protective weed-liner technique. The
greenhouse was filled with all sorts of beautiful
carnivores. I just couldn’t get enough.
Karen’s surrounding yard was a vast sea
of pitcher plants. I was moved to tears, and
was on absolute sensory overload. (But you
know, I still have a heck-uv-a time trying
to pronounce all the scientific names of these
roamed around the nursery for a little bit, just
absorbing everything, since I knew that I wouldn’t
have anything like this back in SF. So
anyway, I then chose a few plants out trying to convince
myself that this was all I was going to take back
with me -- that was until I looked back at the vast
forest of plants and hear them calling my name, beckoning
me to come closer and take
the madness, ohhhhh the agony – adieu, adieu,
parting is such sweet sorrow.
Thank you once again for your time and hospitality! I truly, truly enjoyed
my visit to your nursery. The plants that we took back are doing still doing
well. I look forward to visiting you again! And… one more thing. Are
you doing anything with that bamboo? You know the one I’m
talking about – I just gotta find a container big enough for it and
I’ll be happy to take care of it for you!
those of you who are going to Seattle and are considering
a trip to Karen’s nursery, I would like to
suggest the following, prior to your excursion to
Oudeans Willow Creek Nursery.
Karen by email or phone as a courtesy letting her
know you are comin’.
2.) Ask her for the best way on
how to get there. (If you use Mapquest or Yahoo,
you’ll end up stuck behind some cow’s
3.) Eat breakfast.
4.) If you flew in to Seattle, have
a sturdy box ready to use as either carry on, or
an even sturdier one if you plan to check them in.
5.) Have some Seattle coffee. Good