Early Spring is Blooming in Seattle

 Posted by on February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am  Outdoors, Photos  No Responses »
Feb 222015
 
Pink Camellia blooming

Pink Camellia blooming

While much of the Northeastern and Midwestern US has been bombarded with snow and ice storms, we’ve had a very mild winter in the Seattle area this season. The highs have been in the 50s and even 60s off and on for the past couple of weeks. The sun–long forgotten by most Seattleites during the winter–has recently made frequent appearances to replenish our bodies’ diminished stores of Vitamin D from the dark days of winter.  Here are a few signs of spring blooming in my neighborhood.

Yellow and white daffodils blooming

Yellow and white daffodils blooming

 

Purple crocus blooming

Purple crocus blooming

 

Cherry tree blooming

Cherry tree blooming

 

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Thousands of Blooms on Dogwood Tree

 Posted by on July 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jul 042012
 
Dogwood tree with thousands of blooms

Dogwood tree with thousands of blooms

While I was jogging this morning, I passed a dogwood tree that literally stopped me in my tracks. I usually don’t stop when running, not for dogs, not for cramps.  But this time I had to  take a minute to soak in the sight of a dogwood tree with more than a thousand blooms! The tree was more white than green. I’ve never seen a dogwood tree with this many flowers.

More flowers than leaves on dogwood tree

More flowers than leaves on dogwood tree

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May 292012
 
Red Rhododendron

Red Rhododendron

On my walk to pick up my daughter from school the other day, I was amazed by the many varieties of  rhododendrons blooming in my neighbors’ yards.

Rhododendrons grow best in mild and moist climates which is why they do especially well here in the Pacific Northwest. I did not realize that there are more than 850 different natural species in the Rhododendron genus. They also vary greatly in size and shape from short ground covers to Rhododendron trees more than 100 feet tall.

Pink Rhododendron

Pink Rhododendron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Rhododendron

Purple Rhododendron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White - Pink Rhododendron

White - Pink Rhododendron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Rhododendron

White Rhododendron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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