Blooms on Parade

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Rhododendron dendricola The steady spring rains have kept me from returning to my favorite gardens to do more spring, floral photography. By luck, Easter weekend turned out to be just lovely for getting out and exploring in the gardens. Easter … Continue reading

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Pacific Bonsai Museum Native Exhibit

I attended the opening celebration of the new “Native” exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, in Federal Way, Washington. This is an exhibit I was anxiously anticipating. Even the rain showers didn’t keep me away!

The pairing of the the artwork of Swiss artist Iuna Tinta alongside the bonsai exhibits works so effectively. The brush style and colors incorporated in the artist’s paintings are exquisite. Here are samples of her work at the exhibit.

I invite you to visit the expressive and colorful artwork of Iuna Tinta that will be on exhibit through October 8, 2017. Visit the Pacific Bonsai Museum website for more info.

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Tropical Rhododendrons

So what’s currently blooming at the Rutherford Conservatory at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden? Some of my favorites that I wait for each year to bloom! Here’s a few images of Vireya (tropical rhododendron) blooms.

Lovely Pleione Orchids are blooming as well.

The garden and conservatory is located in Federal Way, Washington. Operating hours are Tues – Sun, 10AM – 4PM.

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The Art of Bonsai

Blossoming Plum Bonsai

I recently visited the Pacific Bonsai Museum, located in Federal Way, Washington. Saturday, April 8th will be the opening celebration of a new exhibit called “Natives.”

Below are a few photos I took of some of the fine specimens at the open-air museum, set in a natural forest setting.

Blossoming Pear Bonsai

Bougainvillea Bonsai

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10AM – 4PM. It is closed Mondays. Admission by donation.

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Spring Display at the Botanical Conservatory

Pink Cyclamen

The W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located in Tacoma, puts on a grand floral display of blooms each season along with the resident tropical plants. Right now they have lots of colorful Azalea and Cyclamen, along with Purple Shamrocks and Narcissus.

Red Cyclamen

Purple Shamrocks (Black Oxalis)


Narcissus and Amaryllis

Along with the seasonal displays are the ever-changing blooms of tropical plants. There is always something blooming when visiting the conservatory. Different Orchid species bloom at different times of the year. I am always on the lookout for fresh, new blooms.

Yellow Cymbidium Orchid

Paphiopedilum Orchid

Vanda Orchid

Spotted Phalaenopsis Orchid

Cymbidium Orchid

Cymbidium Orchid

Dendrobium Orchids

Here are 3 more images of Orchid species. The first orange one is a Laleliocattleya Orchid, and the pink one is a miniature Cymbidium. I don not know what the third one is.

Below are some of the other resident tropical plants at the conservatory.


This one below looks like some sort of Ginger plant.


Unidentified small, pink flowers with variegated plant leaves

Very interesting looking, variegated leaf

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