Welcoming the Late Spring and Summer Blooms

A few, random photos I took in one of my local garden walks, recently.

Astilbe and Hydrangea
Coral Bells (Heuchera)
Cranesbill Geranium
Japanese Painted Fern and Black Cohosh
Japanese Iris
Dragon Lily (Dranunculus vulgaris)
Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Sea Holly (Eryngium)
Oriental Poppy Seedhead

Lillium species
Japanese Iris
Rose – Black and White Photography

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Late Spring Blooms

We’re sort of in an intermediary stage of blooming between seasons. Gone are the tulips, the daffodils, and the cherry blossoms. Wisteria are the talk of the town, now, as well as the globe shaped, purple Allium, siting atop their tall, slender stalks. Rhododendrons hang around the longest, but some of the earliest blooming ones have wilted away, creating a sea of pink petals below them. Oh, and yes, let’s not forget the incredible beauty of blooming Irises and Calla Lilies, among others!

White Wisteria and purple Allium blooms

Beardless Iris
Bicolor Bearded Iris
Calla Lily
Bearded Iris

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A Visit to a Local Garden

I recently revisited a local garden, Lakewold Gardens, to take in the colorful sights and smells of spring. Many of the trails throughout the garden run through naturally forested areas of conifers of all types. There are benches places along the way to sit and take in the sights and sounds, or to just meditate. There is also an open, sunny area, complete with garden pool. Enjoy these few images I posted.

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Flower Festivals are Back!

So happy that many festivals are back after a long pause during the past few years! One that I sorely missed was the Blue Poppy Festival, held each May, at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, Washington. This year it was back in full glory! The garden maintains a meadow of Blue Poppies that bloom, usually in mid May. If you want to see them, I would not wait too long, as they are not long-time bloomers. In fact, I would not wait too much longer to view the rhododendrons and azaleas that are still blooming. Peak bloom time has already passed. But if you are into woodland plants, the Jack-in-the-Pulpits have really taken off this year! You can view them in the Victorian Stumpery section of the garden.

Blue Poppy

Tropical Rhododendrons
Tropical Rhododendrons
Tropical Rhododendrons



Rhododendrons among Hostas and Wild Ginger
Podophyllum blossoms
False Solomon’s Seal
False Lily of the Valley Blooms
Hart’s Tongue Fern

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Reopening of the Seymour Botanical Conservatory

The W.W.Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located at Wright Park, Tacoma, Washington, has recently reopened after being closed to the public, during the last year, for renovations. The conservatory was originally opened in 1908, and is one of only three Victorian-style conservatories on the west coast of the United States.

One of the new additions to the conservatory includes a “living wall.”

The moment one enters the glass conservatory, an explosion of colors amid plants and flowers fills the visual senses. The display of flowers and plants throughout parts of the conservatory will be rotated to reflect the change in seasons.

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