Yipee! It’s Blue Poppy time at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Just visited the garden today, and the blooms just keep on coming! As soon as one species fades out, another one makes its appearance. The fragrant Azaleas are now in full bloom as well. Lots of colorful and, oh, so beautiful tropical species are blooming in the Rutherford Conservatory. Here’s an image of a really beautiful, orange colored Rhododendron in full bloom in the conservatory.
Just look at these orange blooms with the shrubs of pink rhodies outside, as seen through the conservatory window! Beautiful!
And these long, tubular Rhododendrons are blooming as well.
These other white beauties are also in bloom.
When first entering the gated area to the garden, notice these large Rhodendrons in bloom.
You’ll find a lot of this pink, bell shaped Rhododendron species blooming in the garden.
Just look at these gorgeous, huge species of Peonies!
Primula species are in full bloom.
Here’s a Blue Poppy along with the Primulas.
There is one big patch of these tall, yellow Doronicums that sway in the breeze.
In the Victorian Stumpery, there are some rhodies still in bloom.
Found this interesting species of flowering plant called Podophyllum aurantiocaule, a native species of Tibet. The leaves were just starting to fill out.
I found this lone Viburnum species in the corner of the garden where the Azaleas are. The shrub is loaded with these snowball shaped blooms.
I hope you get to visit the garden soon if you live in the south Puget Sound area. It’s worth the trip! Blue Poppy Day – Art in Bloom is May 20. Come and enjoy the Blue Poppies and art in the garden.
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson.