Monday, July 02, 2012

Bloomin' Tuesday @ Pike Market & Butchart Gardens

Last week my husband and I traveled with a small group of friends and relatives through Alaska's inside passage. On either side of that amazing cruise, we visited two locations with flowers galore, which is where I'm taking you to today for Bloomin' Tuesday.

Our cruise departed from the beautiful city of Seattle. We arrived there the day before so we could take in Pike Place Market and dine in the Space Needle that night. Pike Market is a century old farmer's market with almost 300 vendors. I thought you might like to see some of the gorgeous flowers for sale there. These huge bundles of flowers were priced around $19 a bunch. One can deduce that in the pacific northwest flowers are plentiful and well cared for...

Fast forward seven days to the last evening of our cruise and our final excursion to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, just north of Victoria.

In 1888 Robert Butchart began manufacturing Portland cement at Tod Inlet, on Vancouver Island. By the turn of the century he had become very successful, and in 1904 he and his wife, Jennie, established a home there. As the limestone was exhausted from the quarry near their home, Jennie conceived a plan to refurbish the bleak pit that had been created. Under Jennie's supervision top soil was delivered by horse and cart and in time the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden...

By 1908, a Japanese Garden resided on the sea-side of their home and the Italian Garden was added in place of the former tennis court...

Hope you enjoyed this different version of Bloomin' Tuesday this week!

Linked to:
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jean's
Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes
Tuesday Garden Party @ An Oregon Cottage