Saying Goodbye to the Spring Blooms

May is just about gone and, along with it, our lovely spring flowers. We’re so blessed in our corner of the world here in Western Washington to have such exuberant flora. (We’ve got the rain all winter long to thank for that.) I made what could be my last trip for the season to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, in Federal Way. I wanted to see if there were anymore Blue Poppies still hanging around. Sadly, most of them had come and gone. There are still some rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom, but I wouldn’t wait too many more days to check them out. What I did notice a lot of were the Primulas, along with other late season blooming plants. In the Rutherford Conservatory, there are some magnificent, tropical varieties of rhododendrons currently in bloom. I even spotted some pretty orchids. I’ll start with the tropical species of rhododendrons found blooming right now in the Rutherford Conservatory. These are really big, beautiful blooms!







Here are some lovely, white orchids.


And these tiny, yellow orchids.


Now, let’s move to the outdoors. I’ll comment only if I know what the plant species is.

090Illicium (Anise Tree)





095Loved the way this Iris bloom was growing with the ferns!

114Korean Lily species

148Pink Azaleas

130I found these small plants growing out of the moss. Each plant had one, tiny blossom.

136Orange Azaleas



127Immature Rhododendron Flowers

108Pink Mountain Laurel Buds

133White Mountain Laurel

116Himalayan Blue Poppy

118Himalayan Blue Poppy


139Yellow Candelabra Primula

korean dogwoodKorean Dogwood

hydrangeaTree Climbing Hydrangea


098Rodgersia pinnata – heavy, sweet fragrant floral plumes

Here is a preview of what will be blooming in the garden in June: the Giant Himalayan Lily. Already there is one stalk that is blooming. More will be on the way in a few weeks.


I hope you enjoyed my walk through the garden. On the way out (or in), just outside the garden near the parking lot, I encountered these beautiful Golden Chain blooms.

golden chain

All photos copyright of Peggy A Thompson

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7 Responses to Saying Goodbye to the Spring Blooms

  1. Our Lady of the Flowers

  2. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year….you always wish the blooms and blossoms will stay longer

  3. Hard to pick favourites, but if I had to, I’d go with the Himalayan blue poppy.

  4. Gunta says:

    Our rhododendrons and azaleas are long past their blooming season down here. Lovely shots and can’t get enough of that Himalayan blue poppy!

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