February’s Early Blooms

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.

All images property of Peggy A Thompson

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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9 Responses to February’s Early Blooms

  1. Beautiful! It’ll be two months before we see any kind of blossoms.

  2. Lovely shots, Peggy. Looks like spring. 😃

  3. Gunta says:

    Seems quite early for these to be blooming, but they’re so lovely I’m not complaining. The variety is astonishing, too. Thanks for showing us these delightful plants.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, I so miss growing rhododendrons. I really must get back to that!

  5. March Picker says:

    Rhodies in Tacoma already!? You’ve inspired me to get my buns down there.

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