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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Glorious Rhododendrons!

What’s there not to like about big, beautiful rhododendron blooms? Our excessive precipitation in the Pacific Northwest this spring has had a prolific effect on our rhododendrons, everywhere. They are so glorious and so full of abundant blooms this year. It’s no wonder that they are Washington’s state flower. And the colors? Outstanding!


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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)


False Solomon’s Seal

Japanese Primula

Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium)

Paris Plant

Podopyllum versicolor

Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata)


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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