Pt Defiance Rose and Dahlia Gardens

Debbie and Jeff’s recent visit to Tacoma finally managed to get me out of the garage where I’ve been frantically working on bathroom cabinets for the last month. Since Debbie is a Master Gardener, we took her to see the Point Defiance Rose Garden

where roses and, my favorites, dahlias, were in full bloom. I really do prefer Dahlias to roses, so it’s not surprising that my favorite shots were of dahlias like this beauty.

Although the beauty of these flowers probably are enough, I couldn’t resist shooting some from a different viewpoint, as in this shot

It’s easy to see how I got inspired to try drawing mandalas recently.

Rhodie Heaven

For a short while every year the Pacific Northwest may well be the most beautiful place on earth when our Rhododendrons bloom, and this has been a particularly good year for Rhodies.

We took our out-of-town visitors to the Point Defiance Rhododendron Garden and they seem almost as impressed by it as I have always been. I doubt that any kind has ever had a more royal purple than the purple Rhody at the entrance of the garden.

If that shade of purple doesn’t please you, there were many other shades.

I’ll have to admit, though, that I tend to favor the pink rhodies which come closer to the native rhodies found in the mountains.

The garden also features a bright yellow rhodie, the only one I’ve ever seen.