We've had some crazy cold snowy and rainy weather lately. So when we had a couple of sunny days I was feeling a little cooped up watching it from my office window, so I decided to use my lunch break to maximize the sunshine. It was still pretty chilly and as you can see from the trees still very much winter.
So I decided to go somewhere I knew it would feel and look just like summer. The Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park in Tacoma is a beautiful Victorian structure built in 1908 and luckily its not very far from downtown where I work
It's really an oasis in winter. Even the palm tree gives an illusion of semi tropicalness
As you step in the front door you are hit with a wonderful smell from the many orchids and a floral scene that currently screams spring.
And spring bulbs give me hope for whats to come in the next couple of months.
Aren't you ready for daffodils?
I loved this bulb too...not sure what kind it is. Maybe some kind of crinum?
The foliage in the conservatory is so lush and a perfect backdrop to all of the gorgeous orchids
There are many different varieties..I love this one
And this beauty
This begonia is pretty happy in the warm humid air
And this clivia is so pretty. I have one like this in my house, but it hasn't bloomed for us.
There are so really unique things in the conservatory including spanish moss..reminds me of home in Louisiana
Or how about these cool pitcher plants
At the end of the "path"
is a bench to rest a bit and take it all in
From this spot I admired this enormous fiddly fig
And these pretty yellow orchids...check out the scary tiger lurking in the background
After a little rest I headed back up the path into the main domed room
to see the fishies and waterfall
And to admire the cute little mushrooms
Amazingly in all of this lushness they have also created a little mini arid zone
Check out this papyrus
There is a great gift shop to visit before you leave. I love those tiny little Adirondack chairs right in front of the counter. I bought a cute plant for my desk at work and a pretty little enamel heart box.
Loved these drawings on the door to the shop
The kids are as inspired as I am! This spot in particular makes me wish I was an artist
With my lunch time coming to a close I figured it was time to head out but took the time to be jealous of the gorgeous Ponderosa lemons
Back out into the sunny but 40ish temps
Love the outside of the building too though especially up against that blue sky.
Some day I'll take you on a walk around the park itself. There are some great old trees - its great in fall. Today the Monkey Puzzle tree caught my eye...do you know it?
I think its supposed to look like a bunch of monkey tails
So......if maybe you can fool mother nature at least part of the time I wonder if you can fool a cinnamon roll lover ? This is my quickie version of cinnamon rolls. They are really cinnamon biscuits and super quick, but fun to make. I used to make these with my sister on Saturday mornings. And by the way...my cinnamon roll lover may not have been fooled but he went back for seconds :-)
1 can biscuits - the cheapest brand you can find work just fine, but something like Grands works even better
1/2 stick margarine or butter, melted
1 cup Sugar
cinnamon ( a couple of teaspoons or more depending on how cinnamony you like it)
Coat each biscuit with melted butter. Dip and roll each biscuit in cinnamon sugar. Place in a round cake pan. Drizzle tops with extra butter and cinnamon. Cook at 350° for about 15 mins or until cinnamon begins to get browner and forms a little crust. You just want to make sure the biscuits are cooked through.
Now give it a try and see if you can fool them too!
Joining in for Mosaic Monday at Little Red House & Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.