Signs of an early spring abound with a few flowers peeping out here and there. I visited my favorite botanical garden, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, Washington. I was surprised to see so many rhododendrons already in bloom! Here are a few images of what you can find right now in the main garden.
I came across some lovely, pink, double-petaled Hellebore.
These white blooms are Ypsilandra thibetica, an evergreen perennial, native to China.
I just love these yellow Mahonia flowers! They will later be replaced by dark berries.
One of my favorite spots in the garden is the Stumpery. Here you can experience a real woodsy, earthy setting. Many species of ferns abound here along with other woodland plant species, as well as rhododendrons.
In the Rutherford Conservatory, where the tropical rhododendron species are housed, are many beautiful blooms right now. Here are a few sample images.
The botanical garden is open daily except for Mondays. Visit their webpage above for more info.
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