This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Flower Festival and Fashion

May, 28, 2014

From the time I was little, I’ve been fascinated by flowers. So naturally, when the Seattle Chinese Garden held its Luoyang Peony Festival, I had to go! Who could pass up seeing more than 400 newly planted tree peonies – many of them rare – and learning of their role in Chinese culture?

Fashion A

Peonies have been valued in China for over 2,000 years. They are called the “queen of flowers,” and were originally used for medicine. Tree peonies are the only varieties that do not die back to the ground in winter. The one I’m holding in the above pic is among the rare varieties.

Fashion B

While I was enjoying the fest, I explored the garden and saw a variety of beautiful plants, like the wisteria above.

Fashion C

As you may have noticed by now, I’m a little flower-obsessed…so I just couldn’t help myself when I saw this RED Valentino floral dress! Snapping a pic of it in front of huge rhododendrons seemed perfect.


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