The recent run of good weather made it ideal for us to visit a local garden and admire the springtime displays. One of the small horticultural treasures in the Seattle area is the Bellevue Botanical Garden, a stone’s throw away from the Bellevue commercial district. It’s a resource for gardeners and a showcase for flowers, shrubs and trees that are native or adapt well to our climate. Despite the northern latitudes, many plants thrive quite well here because of the moderating influence of the Japanese ocean current and our legendary moisture. The garden recently expanded its mission by acquiring adjacent properties to include native wetlands and woodlands.
The images below (specimens are not labeled) show that there is much to enjoy at this time of year. They were taken on two separate visits (today and April 24).