Spring Foliage and Blooms

More photos from recent trips to woodland settings and gardens. I just love the variety of colors in plant foliage and their flowers this time of year! Don’t you just love the spring green? So refreshing!

Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos)

Cyclamen

False Solomon’s Seal

Japanese Primula

Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium)

Paris Plant

Podopyllum versicolor

Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata)

Trilliums

Rhododendron
Fawn Lily (Erythronium)

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Flowers for Mother’s Day!

I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers around the world. Here are a few images I took recently of the beautiful, spring garden display at Heronswood Garden, located near Kingston, Washington. It is also relatively close to Port Gamble.

Heronswood Garden

Tulips and Daffodils

Purple Tulips and White Daffodils

Sunlight Spring Garden

Heronswood Spring Garden

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A Walk in the Park

It’s May, and I’m looking forward to the colorful blooms that open during this spring month. The Bluebells have already reached their peak bloom; the Daffodils have come and gone, and so have most of the Tulips. Likewise have the Cherry blossoms.

Our Rhododendrons and Azaleas are the big show-stoppers right now. Next in line will be Peonies and Wisteria. The sun is warmer and the days are getting longer. I love watching the march of the spring blossoms! Even the local park pond life is enjoying the warm rays of the sun!

Tiny Daisies

Yellow Magnolia blossom

White Ornithogalum and Heuchera leaves

Candelabra Primula

Camas
Bluebells
Poppy

Rhododendron buds
Rhododendrons

Pond turtles on a rock

Pond turtles and their reflection

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Spring Awakenings in the Woods

Springtime is an amazing time to go walking in the woods. And what a fantastic opportunity for nature photographers to capture images of plants that bloom only during this time of the year! As well, it’s fascinating to find young ferns just starting to unfurl from their fiddlehead forms. Below are a few images of forest and woodland plants I have encountered in various garden forest settings, recently.

Yellow Epimedium
White Epimedium
Pink Trillium
Wood Peony
Wood Anemone
Forget-Me-Nots
Fern Fiddleheads
Ypsilandra
Sessile Trillium

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Spring Awakenings

Every year I seem to encounter new species of plants I’ve never seen or, perhaps, have never noticed before, particularly in the spring. If one is lucky enough to encounter the very beginnings of plants and flowers when first emerging from their winter hibernation, magnificent spectacles are to behold. It’s a time for awe and wonder.

Take, for instance, Winterhazel—a mediocre leafy shrub. But just look at the show of yellow blooms it produces in the early spring!

Winterhazel (Corylopsis)

Here’s something I’ve never personally seen before…Bigleaf Maple Tree blooms!

Bigleaf Maple

Here’s a botanical denizen of the woodland…the Asian Mayapple. It’s interesting to watch them sprout in their early stage before their large, glistening leaves unfurl. They look a bit like umbrellas!

Asian Mayapple

Here is more woodland flora: young ferns and Trout Lilies.

Pink Trout Lilies (Erythronium)

I’ve never happened to notice these orange, fuzz covered flower buds of a Magnolia tree species. Really fascinating…and colorful!

Magnolia buds

Here’s an interesting looking bloom of an Illicium species, sometimes called Star Anise.

Star Anise (Illicium)

I’ll end my post with a couple of colorful, spring flowers. The first is a Peony species coming into bloom. And the second is…you guessed it…a Daffodil, with a little visitor.

Peony
Ladybug on Daffodil bloom

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