Volunteer Park, in the city of Seattle, is our "Central Park." It is found atop the neighborhood, Capitol Hill. My neighborhood. Within this park sits a jewel of a conservatory. This "Victorian glass house" was built in 1912 and a 20 year restoration of the structure was completed in 2014. Well-maintained conservatories are few and far between, so I feel very lucky that I am within walking distance to this beauty.
It really is a perfect place to nerd out on plants on a rainy winter afternoon...hot, steamy, and teaming with life.
So we are five days away from the shortest day- winter solstice. Tomorrow the sun will rise at 7:52 and set at 4:18. I used to dread this time of year, but now I appreciate the habits and behaviors that surface.... Winter has become a time to dote on my houseplants, light the candles by four in the afternoon, dinner by six, and in bed at nine. I would love to add caring for tropicals and starting seeds in my own proper "glass house" if I had the room somewhere on our property for one.