A tree for all seasons

On the corner of 65th and Palatine Avenue North in Seattle‘s Phinney Ridge district, there lies a quaint wooden house with a gnarled old plum tree outside; its branches spreading out and draping down low. This is no ordinary tree. Like other noble trees, it changes with the season, but this tree has expanded the idea and changes with the holidays also. It is known by locals as the Holiday Tree and today my friend Jo whisked me away to take a look at its most recent reincarnation.

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

I couldn’t resist stopping by later in the evening to see the little tree all decked out and lit up with the teeniest tiniest of rosebud lights.

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

seattle washington valentine's day holiday tree phinney ridge

That happy and well-loved tree warmed the cockles of my heart, no pun intended. Have you seen any unusual Valentine’s Day decorations in your part of the world?

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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77 Responses to A tree for all seasons

  1. trishworth says:

    This was really special. It’s amazing the trouble some people go to just to make life better for everyone. Congratulations to them, and to you Ailsa for putting their tree on your blog!

  2. Lovely tree. Amazing to know that the tree survives in all seasons. Nice decorations.

  3. bulldog says:

    I don’t think anyone decorates their tree for valentines day here….

  4. Beachbums1 says:

    What a heart warming tree! Hoping you’ll put a St Patrick’s Day update in March…

  5. aaawwww that is just so cute… thanks for sharing it with us that cant see it in person… spreading the LOVE

  6. Never seen anything like it – thanks for giving us such a great peak!

  7. Marie says:

    Ohh, soooo sweeeet!!
    Most often I don’t like when people overdo something like this, but this was absolutely heartwarming! And you captured it beautifully! ❤
    Have a lovely weekend and a wonderful Valentine's Day!

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m with you, Marie. I don’t normally go for this kind of stuff, but it was done with such love that I couldn’t help but adore it. I have this image in my mind of a sweet elderly couple taking great joy in sharing each new holiday that comes around.

  8. pommepal says:

    It would be really lovely (pun intended) to hear the story behind the tree decorating. What fun they must have coming up with the different holiday themes.

  9. John says:

    A great set of photos! A tip of the hat and thank you to the owners who lavish so much attention to the tree, and to you Ailsa. 🙂

  10. What fun! I wish I could do something like that.

  11. bebs1 says:

    That is what the world needs now. Share and spread the love, why do it only for Christmas? Thanks Ailsa!

  12. elizz says:

    so sweet and lovely.. i hope you’ll post again a photo of that tree on another beautiful occasion..

  13. Pamela says:

    What lovingly romantic and sentimental folk the ‘bedeckers’ of this tree must be. Well done, I say – and well done to Jo for whisking you there thus enabling you to show us the love that abounds in that neighbourhood

  14. diggingher says:

    I really like the snap you have as your header!
    In terms of decor–I will be on a cruise ship this year for St. Valentine’s day so I will let you know.

  15. Yes, some people decorate windows and lawns with lights and hearts for Valentine’s Day. St. Patrick’s is the bigger decorating extravaganza.

  16. Angeline M says:

    What a lot of love coming out of this house to share with everyone!

  17. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love the tree with the lights on, I am such a fan of fairy lights!

  18. valentina says:

    So nice to find a reason to smile! 😀

  19. Jennie says:

    I wish someone on my block did this — it would be so cheery to see it. Thanks for sharing today!

  20. happyface313 says:

    Gosh, no! But I love yours! 🙂 Want one like that NOW 😀
    Happy Valentine’s to you 🙂 and greetings from Vienna 🙂

  21. viveka says:

    Love the tree – even if I don’t like Valentine’s Day – amazing stuff and your photos are very good and rather pretty (sweet) But I wouldn’t like to be the neighbor to that tree.

  22. Sarah says:

    I’ve really been missing Seattle lately…now I’m really, really missing it! What a great house! 🙂

  23. Lucid Gypsy says:

    How lovely and romantic especially in the dark!

  24. This tree is fantastic! I haven’t seen much in the way of decorations at all. Certainly nothing as heartwarming as this 😉
    Your pix are wonderful!

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  26. seattletroll says:

    This is beautiful! My mom always did a Valentine’s Tree in our house when I was growing up made of a branch with gumdrops stuffed on its ends and paper hearts. I really like this larger, outdoor, live version. Thanks for putting this up!

  27. I love this post Ailsa! Thank you so much for sharing these inspiring ideas, which get me going 🙂 After today’s Chinese New Year decorations come off my front door and the big red heart wreath goes up, I’ll also consider how to decorate our front yard tree – with the hopes of bringing happy smiles to neighbours as your lovely post has brought here! Cheers, Gina

  28. petit4chocolatier says:

    Wow, breathtaking!!

  29. A.D. Everard says:

    What a lovely idea! I love the tree at night with all those fantastic lights. It would be lovely for more people to do this – perhaps you will start a trend. 🙂

  30. Goodness me! Not OTT in the slightest 🙂

  31. markd60 says:

    Valentines day, Valentines day, what am I going to get my wife for valentines day?

  32. kelihasablog says:

    What a beautiful post! Love the hearts all around the tree… 😀

  33. Nanny_cool says:

    I so want a tree like this. X

  34. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  35. What a fun sight 🙂
    thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it!

  36. bluebrightly says:

    This is very Seattle, I think. I’ve been a here a year now, and more and more I’m seeing the culture. I can’t put it into words yet, but this being in Seattle does not surprise me at all. Nice photos!

  37. Dauw says:

    What an enchanting tree! Especially the nightversion looks as an illustration from a fairytalebook …

  38. msdulce says:

    Oh my goodness, these pictures just made me so happy! If I lived in Seattle I’d be a little tempted to park a folding chair in front of it and just bask in its wonderfulness. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  39. What a nice idea to share holidays with everyone passing by this way – and great photos, Ailsa!! 😉

  40. What a fabulous tree! Thanks for posting about it, and showing us all the details of the decorations. Putting up all those hearts and lights must have been quite a labour of love (pun intended!). 🙂

  41. becky6259 says:

    This is so special! I’m so glad you found it and so fortunate that you posted about it — this is the first time I’ve ever seen an outdoor tree decked-out for Valentine’s Day, and it is wonderful!

  42. What wonderful images-this must have been great fun to photograph!

  43. Sandra says:

    That is really pretty. Lots of Love!

  44. aboutsusanna says:

    I love that about the US. Everyone puts in real effort into making the neighborhoods look festive. I think it would be hard to not be impressed with this no matter how much you don’t like Valentine’s Day haha! I wish Australia had the same idea…

  45. Silversound7 says:

    This is a beautiful sight and such a lovely idea!

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