what’s peeking at you in the pumpkin patch?

Follow the red-brick path through the Pumpkin Patch.

Tacoma’s Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a place of civic pride and beauty. Though not large, it bursts with seasonal blooms and foilage rotated ’round the year; on certain Sundays, light jazz or classical music wafts through the air from live musicians. The conservatory’s quite restful, well tended and free (donations encouraged).

‘Tis that time of year. Like Easter eggs tucked amid the lilies and chilies and mums, oh my! lay Halloween goodies like, well, have a peek and see what’s peeking back in the pumpkin patch.

overseen by a very, very, very large eight-legged prop spider

two ravens; can you spot both in the shadows?


pie in the sky?


tea party for you and you're invited


your lovely - but dead - host



she needs scones. many scones thick with butter and jam.

pumpkin patch graveyard


Your faithful blogger neighbor now lies in a hospital ward after the trauma of taking that photo.

And should be released in time for the conservatory’s Victorian Holiday Celebration in December. As you leave, you’ll notice:

We hope they’re preparing for their new rotating outdoor blooms …


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Raymond
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 13:09:31

    So sorry I’ve not been around, busy. Will try to keep up. That first picture? Awesome, well all were good, but that first one is killer. Oh, and I see you’ve been busy. Cool. Will come back and read some more, be assured, never been afraid of homework, hahaha! 🙂


  2. longeyesamurai
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 02:11:19

    Great pictures as always! If time permits, I should probably swing by La Cité’s Botanical Gardens to take a few snapshots myself. Just to show how we do it on the East Coast!

    Have a good day!


    • allycatadventures
      Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:59:49

      @Capra – I’d love to see how botanical gardens are done in your neck o’ the woods. This conservatory, a result of a financial gift of one man more than 100 years ago, is a sight in its own right — a 12-sided central dome, listed on a few historic registers, comprising 3,000 panes of glass. Though small, it’s really quite well tended and the star in a park that until recently was a druggie den. A pretty special little place, that conservatory.


  3. ladywise
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 05:11:23

    Great photos Alley! I love this. I need to find a botanical garden to take the kids to for Halloween.

    I am going through this weekend and seeing whose blogs I am not subscribed to. You WERE one of them. I am now subscribed so I will get notified of your posts. Sorry I’ve missed them. My loss for sure.


  4. Country Cinderella
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 17:56:05

    It is cool how the botanical garden decorated itself up for the holiday.

    I love your first picture the most, it is such a beautiful flower.


  5. Aussie Emjay
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 19:21:43

    Love the dead host tea party – and love scones with double cream and strawberry jam. My grandmother used to make wonderful fluffy scones.


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