It’s the middle of March and I am thrilled to see that so many flowers are blooming right now: Cherry Blossoms, Flowering Plums, Daffodils, Camellias—the usual early bloomers, AND the Rhododendrons! We had a spat of very mild temps recently and that really helped in the blooming department! I made another trip to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. I’m keeping my eyes on the Magnolias, but they haven’t made their announcement to the world, yet. Shouldn’t be too much longer now. But this week’s post is primarily about rhododendrons. They are really making a showing now!
I found this pink Drumstick Primula blooming as well.
Here are some blue Primulas in bloom.
And, of course, we can’t forget the lovely Camellia!
Let’s take a peek inside the Rutherford Conservatory. Here are some of the tropical/subtropical Rhododendron species that are in bloom.
And last, but not least, the spring Pleione Orchids are in bloom.
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is the largest of its kind in the world. It is located in a native Pacific Northwest wooded setting, located in Federal Way, Washington, just off Hwy 18. Also on site is the Rutherford Conservatory that hosts the tropical species. The garden will be bursting with blooms now through May, and not just with rhododendrons, although that is the primary species. In May, a Blue Poppy Day is held, with many festive activities and arts. There is an $8 entry fee to the garden, with a discount for seniors. A yearly membership is also available. Oh, did I forget to mention? The garden is open Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Mondays.
All photo property of Peggy A Thompson