It’s June, here in the Pacific Northwest, and gardens are full of beauty and color. I made one more trip to the Rhododendron Species Garden in Federal Way, Washington this week because I heard that the Giant Himalayan Lilies were in bloom. These spectacular flowers grow on very tall, thick stalks, with clusters of blooms near the top. The flowers are white with violet centers that streak outwards, and their scent is heavily perfumed; just wonderful! Here are some images:
Most of the rhododendrons are done blooming for now in the garden. The very popular Blue Poppies are pretty much finished, as well. I managed to find a few, still standing, glimmering in the sunlight.
In this large garden, there are many trails that loop around smaller gardens, such as a native garden, woodland garden, alpine garden, pond garden. There is an area dedicated to species of ferns, as well.
In the alpine garden, I came across these lovely, white Campanula blooms (Harebells).
I came across other very lovely flowering plants, but I do not know their names, but I will post their images here.
In the glass conservatory, there are still a few species of rhododendrons blooming. Here is one that is especially beautiful with their tubular, white blooms.
I feel a little bit sad that most of the blooming is finished for now. But still, the garden is a special place to visit any time of year to take a stroll. In the autumn, the many deciduous and ornamental trees show off their colors. I’m sure I will not miss that show!
© Peggy A Thompson