|At Dragonfly Farms Nursery|
Before you left home, you spent more time making notes on how to water and tend your garden in your absence than you did providing instructions on how to care for your kids or pets, if you have them.
Your reading material for the long hours on the plane included the most recent issue of Hortus plus several old gardening books that you downloaded to your Kindle including Elizabeth and her German Garden. Bonus points if you don’t even like to fly but you flew anyway because you weren’t going to miss this fling. Double bonus points if on the flight home you were still thinking about gardens and read the book Timber Press gave you.
When you arrived in Seattle and saw that it was raining, you remembered your plants at home where it was hot and dry and momentarily wondered if you had left enough instructions for the lucky person who was going to water them all for you. Bonus points if in preparation for going to Seattle you mowed your lawn, even though you thought it could go awhile longer without being mowed, but you were afraid that if you didn’t mow it and by some miracle it did rain while you were gone, it would be overgrown when you returned. Triple bonus points of sympathy if it was so dry in your garden that you didn’t have to mow the lawn again until just this week, and even then it didn’t really need it, but you did it anyway because some of the drought tolerant weeds were getting kind of tall.
On your first walk over from the hotel to the University Village shopping area, your automatically went to Ravenna Gardens even though you were really going over there to get an iced green tea at Starbucks.
Bonus points if you went to Ravenna Gardens three or more times. Add more bonus points for every $25 you spent there when you went.
When the group visited the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, you thought it was the best library you had ever been in and were in awe that it was full of thousands of horticulture and gardening books and open to the public. Bonus points if you took a picture of a book because it had a fun title.
Double bonus points if you took a picture of a book because it had a botanical name on it that you wanted to remember because you had just fallen in love with that plant which was blooming right outside the library.
You wondered if you could grow it at home, maybe in a container.
You were willing to strike up conversations with others whom you didn’t know because you knew that everyone in the group was
interested in obsessed with gardening and you would surely have something in common with them. Bonus points if you had been to the other three flings and already knew half the people attending, anyway.
At many of the garden stops, after viewing the gardens, you made it a point to look for the business end of the garden, to see what kinds of tools the gardeners used. You didn’t see many because most gardeners hid them away before everyone arrived, but you did spot this rake used to hold up some plants in the garden of Kate Farley.
You took more than 500 pictures of gardens. Bonus points if you took more than 750 pictures of gardens.
When you went to the Bloedel Reserve you took a picture of the soil exposed by a cut out for a future sitting area, just so you could remember what it was like.
Someone took a picture of you and you look rested, at ease, happy, and comfortable because after all you are touring gardens and hanging out with other gardening geeks. Bonus points if you felt so at ease with the group that you wore your special occasion t-shirt with all the garden tools on it on the very first day of garden touring.
You didn’t complain about the rain while at the Bloedel Reserve and never heard anyone else complain about it, either. You just snapped open your umbrella and headed out to one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen.
And finally, you might be a gardening geek who went to Seattle Fling if you are already planning to attend the next fling, the fifth fling, rumored to take place some time in spring 2012 in Asheville, NC.