Back to the Point Defiance Rose Garden

I’ve not only gone birding, I’ve also visited local gardens recently. Leslie and I walked down to the Point Defiance Rose Garden on a recent Sunday, managing to get some exercise while also soaking in sunshine and the beauty of the garden.

Of course, the weekend sunshine also brought out lots of people, and I felt a bit like these turtles must have felt while out sunning themselves.

turtles on rock

When roses are this beautiful,

two roses

though, there’s no excuse for not exploring the beauty of the garden, no matter how many people are there.

The peripheral gardens were also at their best, perhaps even brighter than the more stately rose gardens where plants know their place and don’t crowd their neighbors.

yellow flower

The dahlias were also starting to bloom,


and I imagine by now that even the later dahlias have started to bloom, though they still had not done so when I was there.

If you keep your eyes open you’ll probably see lots of non-human visitors to the garden, too.

Tiger Swallowtail