I’ve Fallen Behind and Can’t Seem to Catch Up

One of the best things I’ve taken up lately is hiking/walking with Paul and Leslie once a week. This time of year flowering is definitely better than birding, and, since Paul hadn’t been to Bloedel for years, we convinced him to join us on our walk.

This time of year, the hydrangea take center stage.

If you look closely, you’ll find some unique varieties.

Not sure what these flowers are, but they beautifully complement the hydrangea.

Of course, a visit to Bloedel wouldn’t be complete without finding a rare plant we’ve never seen before and don’t have a clue what it might be.

And Primroses, Too

Though I love the native gardens and the Japanese Garden at Bloedel Reserve, I love seeing plants that I’ve never seen before like this orchid-like beauty

growing in the center of a rotted log.

I’m always amazed by the rings of flowers on these primroses.

And I’m always amazed to find yet another Rhododendron I’ve never seen before.

Who knew?

One of the few benefits of ignorance is that it’s relatively easy to be amazed by new discoveries. For instance, I’ve always been under the impression that the Trillium I see in the Pacific Northwest, from mountaintop to coastal wetlands is the only Trillium there was.

As we walked around Bloedel we saw what looked like three different kinds of Trillium, and neither this one

nor this one,

nor this one

looked like the Trillium I’m used to seeing, though they all looked like "trillium."

According to Wikipedia there are actually 26 recognized Trillium varieties — who knew?

Bloedel Reserve’s Natural Wild Flowers

One of the main reasons I like Bloedel Reserve is that there are several areas where you find native plants in their natural setting. Though not as spectacular as most imported species, they have their own charm.

Bluebells (I think) line the meadows.

Hundreds of buttercups hang out in the shade on the edge of the forest,

while bleeding hearts are found throughout the native forest.

Not sure what this plant is, but it manages to grow deeper in the woods than any other “flower.”