Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Spring'

Construction at Bellevue Botanical Garden

Seattle is a riot of color. The Spring weather has been typical, a little rain, a little sun but overall not too cold. But the biggest difference was the mild winter. Everything is in full bloom without any winter...

Bellevue Botanical Garden

We have a wonderful botanical garden here in Seattle. It is located in Bellevue and it is managed by the Northwest Perennial Alliance. They have recently (past couple of years) redone the perennial border. I have to admit - I...

Wild Horse Windfarm

One of our favorite day trips in the spring is to go to Eastern Washington to view the wildflowers. I was searching on this blog to see my previous posts and I found that I haven't blogged that often about...

Late April in the Garden

Euphorbias along our driveway Seattle residents fuss over the weather. In the early 90's, we had rather predictable Spring weather. You knew when to plant and what to expect. But recently, you really have not known what to expect...

Seattle Chinese Garden

The second garden we visited was the new Seattle Chinese Garden. It is located right next to the South Seattle Community College Arboretum. Here is an explanation of a what composes a Chinese Garden from their self-guided tour brochure:...

Aboretum at South Seattle Community College

Cool and damp weekend. We wanted to visit a couple of gardens. We discussed maybe the Rhododendron Species Foundation but decided we didn't want to go that far. We were going to go to the another garden when I...

Guillemot Cove

Sepia toned Hood Canal from Guillemot Cove We made another trip across the sound this weekend. Our main goal was to visit Bloedel Gardens. Once a year they have their annual plant sale and it is a perfect time...

Late Spring

I was hoping for an early spring but March seemed to break all records. It was cooler than normal, wetter than normal and grayer than normal. Here it is the first of April and it feels like the beginning...

Spring Birding in the backyard

I love the birds that visit our garden in the Spring. Today was one of those busy bird days. We had visits from everyone. The Robins have been coming through the yard in packs - cocking their head from...

February signs of Spring

Cheerful Primroses Do I dare talk about Spring again? I asked if it was going to be an early Spring and what happened - we got 8 inches of snow the next week! I’m hesitant but I going to...

Skagit Birding

Skagit Valley barn near Big Ditch It was time for our annual trip up to the Skagit Valley for a little bit of birding. This year I used the Snow Goose Festival website for some ideas on where to...

May Minus Tides

I love the minus tides that happen every year in May and June. If I am lucky, they will happen on a day when I am off work and the weather is good. You never know - especially this...

Photohunt: Trees

Cherry Trees in bloom at the University of Washington Quad This week's Photohunt theme is Trees. Photohunt is brought to you by TnChick - home of the original photohunt. Here are some pictures of a glorious spring day in...

Dreaming of Spring

Sky Nursery This is the Northwest Flower Show week. Time to start thinking of Spring and our garden. We have had cold icy snowy weather this week also. But Friday dawned sunny. It was deceptive - from the house...

Junuary

Looking out my front window - first day of Summer It is another cold, wet, gray, gloomy, overcast, glum day in June. It is the first full day of summer. Yesterday the high only got to about 55 -...

What's Bloomin in June

This has been such a dismal end to May. I'm still waiting for the temperatures to reach 75 degrees. Some of the plants have enjoyed the warm rain. The days are long up here above the 45th degree parallel....

Fabulous Friday

What a difference a couple of days make. Today was gorgeous. I had lunch with my good friend E in Fremont. We ate at Homegrown Sandwich Shop which focuses on local sustainable products for their sandwiches. We ordered a...

Wintery Monday

Where has Spring gone? It has turned cold. It is only 47 degrees and dropping. The normal for this time of the year around 60 degrees. We were planning on going over to Eastern Washington again today to see...

Hulda Klager Lilac Garden

I came across this video today from the Portland Oregonian on the lilac garden I mentioned earlier. Take a video tour of the garden and some tips on growing lilacs. A video visit to Hulda Klager Lilac Garden plus tips...

Lilacs

To me, lilacs are a true harbinger that spring has arrived. We have an old scraggly bush just on the side of our deck. Throughout March and April, I watch the leaves slowly emerge and buds swell. I will...

Umtanum Creek Falls

We decided to drive over to Ellensburg in Central Washington and see what was in bloom. Ellensburg is about 125 miles east of Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. It is farm oriented town with many cattle and hay farms. Central...

Spring Backyard Bird

Pileated Woodpeckers We encourage the birds to visit our backyard. It helps that our backyard borders onto a wetland area. We have lots of large trees including several old snags (dead trees). These snags attract lots of different birds;...

Spring in the Skagit Valley

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time there was few daffodils in bloom in the Skagit Valley. I have posted several times about birding or the tulips. Last year everything was two weeks behind and...

Spring at the Quad

I had heard on another forum that I participate on that the cherries were in bloom on the University of Washington campus. I was pretty amazed since they did not bloom until almost mid-April last year. It was a...

Pretty in Pink

Flowering Plum 'Thundercloud' My neighborhood is pretty in pink - fluffy wispy clouds of pink blossoms! Spring is here. The early spring has continued here in the Pacific Northwest benefits of El Nino. March came in like a lamb....

A Taste of Spring - Witt Winter Garden

I've been reading about the ugly weather that has been happening this week in California. Heavy rain, wind, thunderstorm - so typical of an El Nino year. The storms that normally swing farther north to the Pacific Northwest come...

Colour My Garden: Yellow

Fremontodendron 'California Glory' I love this time of the year in the garden. The garden just erupts in color. Yesterday I took the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures. I noticed right off that yellow was the...

A day in the tulips

Tulips in Skagit Valley Washington One of the highlights of spring here in the Pacific Northwest is the daffodil and tulip blooms in Skagit Valley. Skagit Valley is a fertile delta of the Skagit River which is located about...

Cherry Blossom Time in Seattle

The city seems to be exploding in blossoms. The weather has been cool and overcast. I look out my bedroom window and I see pink cotton candy puffs of flowering plum blooms over the neighborhood roofs. Pink flowering plums...

Colour my Spring Garden: Chartreuse

Helleborus argutifolius Chartreuse - a color half way between green and yellow. To me, it is the color of many young spring buds. Full of texture from smooth hellebore blooms to wrinkles of leaves. You can see it lightly...

Colour My Spring Garden: Blue

I love spring. It has arrived late this year here in Seattle. Normally by mid-April we should be into the prime tulip blooming time. But it has been cold and everything is two weeks late. I had an opportunity...

Spring Menagerie

We had quite the menagerie in our garden yesterday. It started out when we saw a pair of mallard ducks walking down our street. We've seen this in the past and I think it was around this time in...

Favorite Spring Plant - Euphorbia

Euphorbia in Villefranche Euphorbias are a very unusual plants. There are over 2000 species worldwide in the genus, ranging from weedy annuals to trees. They originate mainly from tropical and desert climates of Africa. I saw many large tree...

Favorite Spring Plant - Crocus

Crocus chrysanthus var. Blue Bird Crocuses or is it Croci? I love it when the crocuses bloom in our yard and fill the beds with Easter colors. I'm not too partial to the common gaudy large crocuses in purple...

Favorite Spring Plant - Daphne mezereum

I love this plant. It blooms brilliant fuchsia colored blossoms along the upright stark bare branches. The perfume fills the air on a sunny late winter day with the most intoxicating scent. It is always a harbinger of spring...

Spring is closer

We have had a string of sunny days. It has been so nice. Even today, a Monday, it was wonderful to see the sun out. It has spurred the plants along. The crocus and snowdrops are doing well. I...

Early Spring Garden Photo Walk

WestSussexBird posted on Slowtalk that spring was in the air in the UK. It has been colder than normal this year in Seattle and we are still deep in the winter. Occasionally by February, you might see a few signs...

May Flowers

Paeonia mlokosewitschii April showers bring May Flowers How true. The cherries have finished blooming and the trees are leafing out. It is now on to the next wave of blooming plants. The neighborhoods are a riot of color; filled...

Blue in the spring garden

Blue is the color this week. The dark muddy soil is starting to be accented with patches of blue from bulbs and early perennials. The first plant in the montage is pulmonaria also known as lungwort. This is a...

Spring on Cougar Mountain

Trillium ovatum A sure sign of spring is the sight of trilliums along the trail. We saw our first trillium last weekend on the Red Hill trail in Cougar Mountain. Along with trillium, we also saw red currant and...

Wearing of the green

The garden is dressed in green just in time for St Patrick's Day. The shades range from the light creamy green Corsican hellebore flowers to the dark hunter green of tulip leaves. And the varied textures. The interesting chartreuse bell...

In bloom this week

It is warming up and plants are starting to bloom. Tuesday was so nice and warm. Today is rain but that brings us April flowers. This week the flowering plums and some early cherries are open. I love it when...

Witt Winter Garden

Witt Winter Garden One of my favorite gardens in Seattle is the Witt Winter Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a wonderful feast for both eyes and nose. Even on a rainy day it can brighten your...

Gardening in Seattle

This winter has been so dreary and cold. I need something to lift my spirits and what better than way than to observe the seasonal changes in the garden. It is early and I will try to track what is...