More Blooms!

As promised, here are more images of flowering plants at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, Washington. This time the images will not be of rhododendrons, but other of blooming plants this time of year.

001Here’s the end, fuzzy seed stage of white Sweet Coltsfoot flowers that I spotted last time I visited the garden.

074The above white flowers remind me of Dwarf Irises, but I couldn’t tell you for sure.


078Ah, these lovely, tall Candelabra Primulas are abundant, right now.


089I found these short-growing, purple Columbine flowers, also called Granny’s Bonnets.


035Speaking of purple flowers, I found this lone, short growing Iris basking in the sunshine.


100And here’s one of the first Blue Poppies to flower this year! The garden’s Blue Poppy Day is coming up May 14. There will be art vendors set up throughout the garden, along with music and food. Always a fun event!


105These tall growing Umbrella Plant flowers are always so pretty. Below is a close-up image of the flower top.

109Umbrella Plant (Darmera)

114I love the Asian Mayapple Plant, with its large, glossy leaves. Right now they are bearing their fruit—the dark, red parcels you see hanging from the plant’s stem. Below is a close-up image of the fruit.


118Above is a yellow Tree Peony. These plants get to be quite large and shrub-like. The image below shows a better picture of their leaf structure.


136Above is an example of the nice, big Peony blooms that we’re all used to seeing. They grow on a much shorter plant than the Tree Peony variety.

121Above is the Giant Solomon’s Seal, a tall, leafy plant with clusters of hanging, white flowers.

Viburnum “Snowball” Flowers

Now, let’s go inside the Rutherford Conservatory, where I would like to show off a fantastic plant—the Tasmanian Tree Fern. Just look at the size of one of its fronds!

059Here is a better look at the Tasmanian Tree Fern.


And if you’re into Mycology, here are some mushrooms I found. Don’t ask me what species they are, though.


I hope you enjoyed this photo exposé of intriguing plants in bloom right now at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. If you have the time, please pay a visit. It’s such a wonderful place to explore nature in its finest glory!

All photos copyright of Peggy A Thompson

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10 Responses to More Blooms!

  1. Miriam says:

    Wow, these were simply stunning.

  2. Gunta says:

    These are utterly lovely and there’s that amazing blue poppy again!

  3. joshi daniel says:

    so colorful and beautiful 🙂

  4. Love that super blue poppy!

  5. The blue poppy’s my favourite.

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