Friday, April 25, 2014

Boardman Lake Trail

Boardman Lake Trail August 2012 

Lake Evan on the Boardman Lake Trail August 2012 

Fungus on the Boardman Lake Trail August 2012 

Boardman Lake August 2012 

Boardman Lake August 2012

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The Boardman Lake Trail is a pleasant & easy hike in the Cascade Mountains of Washington along the Mountain Loop Highway.  The way is densely forested.  There are 2 lakes here. First comes Lake Evan, then Boardman Lake.  I wouldn't say this is the most spectacular hike in the area.  But the trail is only 2 miles round trip & 200 feet in elevation gain.  In August, there were lots of ripe huckleberries around Boardman Lake.  It was pretty there.  At the highest point, the trail reaches 3,000 feet (914 meters) in elevation.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Holly Youth & Family Community Garden

 New Holly Youth & Family Community Garden in August 2013

The New Holly Youth & Family Community Garden is another charming garden located in the City of Seattle Power Line Right of Way on land owned by Seattle City Light adjacent to the Chief Sealth Trail.  The New Holly Power Garden is located not far to the south.  This is a very well-sited, well-designed & well-tended garden of 50 plots on 5,000 square feet.  I found the gardeners very friendly when I visited this place.  They are clearly very happy to garden here.  The garden was established in 1999, rebuilt in 2006 & expanded in 2011.

Friday, April 11, 2014

March in Seattle

Chaenomeles (Quince) in Columbia City

 Hyacinthus (Hyacinth) in Rainier Vista

Narcissus 'Beersheba' (Daffodil) in Rainier Vista

 Ranunculus (Buttercup) in Columbia City

Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant) in Columbia City

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March 2014 in Seattle was warmer & very much rainier than normal.  In fact, a record was set for rainfall in March at 9.44 inches/239.78mm.  The previous record had stood at 8.40 inches/213.36mm since 1950.  Normal rainfall is 3.72 inches/94.49mm.  The mean temperature was 48.5F/9.17C.  The normal mean temperature is 46.5F/8.06C.  The highest temperature was 66F/18.89C on 3/24, the lowest was 34F/1.11C on 3/22.  15 days had highs over 55F/12.78C.  There were 2 days with heavy rain, 10 days with rain, 21 days with light rain, a trace of snow on 3/1, 20 days with fog, 16 cloudy days, 14 partly cloudy days & 1 fair day.  In spite of all the rain, there were periods with sun & 16 days with very little or no rain.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Why I Write

This blog is now beginning its 7th year.  I published my first post on April 26, 2008.  I hoped the blog would help to expand my garden design business (Metropolitan Gardens).  Business did increase, mostly due to the housing boom.  The Metropolitan Gardens blog became my portfolio.  Now I write mostly because it's fun.  I often walk along city streets & in parks & gardens.  I enjoy taking pictures, editing & posting them.  I've learned a lot about Seattle from this observation & the research I've done to write the posts.

I stopped photographing & writing about the Cascadia Garden in November of 2012, because nothing changed much from year to year.  I started taking pictures of the urban landscape I saw while walking city sidewalks, then posting them monthly in place of my garden photos.  I finished a year of that in October of 2013 & decided to continue.  My house & the Cascadia Garden were sold in March of 2013.  I moved to an apartment near Othello Station in April.  I took photos of the neighborhoods, parks & gardens near my new, temporary home.  I also started gardening in a community garden, Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch in my former, not very distant, neighborhood of Mt Baker.

I moved to a new house & garden in Rainier Vista in November of 2013.  I intend to stay there as long as possible.  Construction of the house was completed in October 2013.  The garden was just dirt, except for a large ash tree in front of the house, near the sidewalk.  Rainier Vista is a planned community of market rate & low-income housing.  I was required to submit a landscape plan that met restrictive guidelines.   I made the Ell Alley Garden in November & published the first post about it in December 2013.

As far as the Metropolitan Gardens blog is concerned, the most significant thing I did in the past 12 months was to let go of the old web address & default to the blogger address.  I also changed the name of the blog, which appears in the header, to Seattle Urban Landscape.  I reworked the pages that appear under the header to make it easier to find older posts on Gardening in Cascadia, Parks P-Patches Public Gardens, Nature, Favorite Plants & My Gardens.  I hope the blog is easy to use as a source of information & entertainment.