One that the Executive Producer heartily endorses ... in just 4 hours, I'll be Seattle-bound to spend 6-1/2 sure-to-be glorious days with a varied and eclectic and always entertaining group of my fellow garden bloggers. Many of them I've had the pleasure of meeting before, and some have become cherished friends ... but I'll also meet quite a few of them for the first time and I look forward to their becoming friends and compatriots. As Frances of Faire Garden said, it's a wonderful experience "meeting up with your own kind". In a happily serendipitous coincidence, Frances and her daughter Semi are on my flight from Houston to Seattle! Even now they're winging their way towards hot and humid Houston ... and in a few hours, all three of us will be on our way to the cooler clime of the Pacific Northwest! I'm taking my laptop and hope to post at least one picture daily that will take your breath away and encourage you to join us next year. The picture above is from a 1999 trip to Seattle, Vancouver & Victoria, B.C., taken at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. I feel cooler already!