April Showers & Flowers

You know that saying, April showers bring May flowers? Well, we had those showers last weekend. But, lucky for us, we didn't have to wait until May to see flowers. That's right, best of both worlds. Booya! 

How is this done? Rain and flowers, not getting wet, and before May. Where is this wonderland? Seattle folks. Right here in Seattle, and at our very own Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Let me tell you about this place. First, the door. Isn't that a cool door? (notice the rain on the door. I don't lie - there lies evidence of the showers, just like I said...) 

 Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

When we entered, I knew I would enjoy myself here. The warm air enveloped me, and smile came to my face. It's like when you go into your car after it's been sitting in the sun, and its all warm and snug...love it. I'm a sucker for warmth. 

Okay, enough about the temperature. Let's talk about this place. There are several rooms, and each room has a different series of flowers. The main room had some interesting glass flowers (by Jason Gamrath) alongside some orchids, and some other plants (okay, so I don't know the plant names, big whoop, you get the idea). The adjacent room had tulips, hydrangeas, and just pretty flowers. Again, I don't know all the flower names - deal with it. I'm not a gardener. In fact, I'd venture so far as to say I have a brown thumb (a thumb that kills). But I do enjoy looking at flowers. Check these babies out:

 Conservatory Flowers

Conservatory Flowers

Next was the cacti room. Don't you just want to touch some of them? I do...although I know better. But some of them just look so soft. My favorite was the top left cactus with the little pink balls of color.

 Conservatory Cacti

Conservatory Cacti

Then you walk back through to the other end. There were some more flowers, and plants. Actually, there were some interesting plants. For instance, there are carnivorous plants. No joke. They have these pitchers that small rodents can fall into...ewww. Look at this mouse take the plunge. Yikes!

However, of all the flowers, the most beautiful in the conservatory, were the people visiting. I mean, look at us...uhh beautiful.

 Aaron and Liddy

Aaron and Liddy

 Josh and Heather

Josh and Heather

That's about it. It was a nice conservatory, and proved to be a great activity for a day with spring rain. Or should, I say hail. After Josh and I returned home, a huge hail storm hit. The hail was the size of peas, and by the end, it looks like it had just snowed. Crazy weather. Check it out!