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.
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