It’s now June! I’ve watched the metamorphosis of my favorite botanical garden, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, throughout the spring season. I feel somewhat melancholy each June as I say goodbye to the wilting and dying, spring blooms in the garden. After all, this is what this particular garden specializes in—Rhododendrons and Azaleas. And let’s not forget the Blue Poppies! There are still a few stragglers about.
There are a few Rhododendrons blooming in the Rutherford Conservatory, including this lovely, yellow species.
Here are images taken throughout the main, outside garden.
Below are images of some Rhododendrons and Azaleas still in bloom.
The Victorian Stumpery is full of fern species and woodland flora as shown below.
A new bloomer, a beautiful, golden yellow Korean Lily.
I came across this blooming plant and I do not know what it is. Any thoughts?
The Kousa Dogwood is in glorious bloom, at last!
And lastly, as I was making my way back to exit the garden, I spotted this wilted and faded, giant Chinese Magnolia blossom that somehow was still clinging to its branch, a bittersweet memory of glorious, spring blooms gone before.
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson