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

4 thoughts on “Back to the Point Defiance Rose Garden”

  1. When the weather is right Loren, there is no flower more beautiful than the rose. Sadly we have had so much rain this year at all our roses have suffered greatly and we are plagued by blackspot.

    1. I can certainly identify with that, Pat. One of the reasons I don’t personally have roses is the amount of sprays needed to keep them healthy in our wet, wet environment.

  2. That turtle shot is so beautifully composed. It reminds me of the story Hawking shared in his intro: A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

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