I had two goals for my trip to Seattle last weekend:
First, to see my friend Steve’s new house. He moved in June and I needed to see the “before,” before he got rid of it. Second, to enjoy a summer evening with my friend Erin chatting on her patio, whenever I’ve visited her for the last few years it’s been too cold and rainy to be outside! Both goals were achieved.
This is Steve’s first house; it’s full of possibilities and a lot of previous owner “issues” to overcome. He’s been busy pulling up shag carpeting and tearing down dated wallpaper but has still managed a few garden improvements. Like planting this Trachycarpus fortunei (below) and Musa basjoo (above) – by next spring he should be well on his way to disguising the neighbor’s "estate" and the chain link fence. He’s also shopping for some nice screening bamboo.
In the front yard he gets to start with these “healthy” foundation plantings and “landscaped” side yard. Lots of room for improvement!
And a blank slate of a backyard, with a huge lilac (on the left) and a mature laurel hedge. I have no doubt that next summer I will be posting some amazing pictures of the transformation!
I am in love with this. I’m assuming it’s a Caladium? I need one with these colors!
He’s hoping that someone can identify this volunteer. It sprouted up in the dead lawn and so far is looking like a keeper. Anyone know what it is? He planted up a few pots to anchor the end of the drive; one has this fabulous airy plant with the burgundy balls on it.
Inside the house I was excited to find he bought a Bullet Planter! I LOVE bullet planters, just wish they were a little more affordable.
We went out for coffee Saturday morning, to a Starbucks in disguise! The 15th Ave Starbucks on Capitol Hill is now 15th Ave Coffee and Tea…only it’s still a Starbucks! The only place you see the name is on the door where it says “inspired by Starbucks” – but it isn’t inspired by, it is! The cups and napkins have no name on them, the staff dresses in street clothes (no uniform apron), the décor is NW Salvage/Industrial. They even serve beer and wine. So you have a company that built this huge brand, and now they are hiding it? Interesting. We did enjoy the courtyard; it was very private and well done. The plants are in whiskey barrel halves and the table is an old door.
BTW I read an article in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce quoting a Starbucks employee who said the reason for the new look was to “inspire people and to create a deeper connection to coffee and community.” I wonder why can’t they can’t do that and still keep their name?