The 2011 Seattle Garden Bloggers Fling included a stop at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Ever since that visit I've wanted to get back, I finally did last October on a beautiful (sunny!) day.
Parts of the garden were as I remembered them, parts were different, it has been 4 and half years...
The rock garden area still had a unfinished feel to it, although I do believe it's finished.
Trough planters can look a little, well, rough...don't you think?
I'm never a fan of nursery labels stuck in the soil, but when the labels are larger than the plants? That's even worse.
Then again I looked for a label here, but couldn't find one. (Gaura lindheimeri - thanks edgeplot)
Weigela, I presume.
Yes. I love the pattern.
Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
There were several families in their Sunday best, posing for photographs on the lawn. I had to work to not get any of them in my photo.
I think these cairns were in a different spot last time. And are they still cairns if they are glued, or bolted, together?
The Nolina 'La Siberica' a remember...
And now I have three in my garden.
I saw this and thought is was Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam', they've got it labeled as Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...)
Post-bloom Hedychium are (almost) cool as blooming Hedychium.
Datisca cannabina / False Hemp
I thought I would regret giving away my variegated Arundo donax, I don't.
Carex tenuiculmis 'Cappuccino'
One of last summer's plant crushes: Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford' – I bought two, both of them had a very rough go of it with our long hot and dry summer. I hope they return this spring.
Rheum palmatum 'atrosanguineum'
Aralia cordata 'Sun King'
This little guy! It's been a very long time since I've seen a Woolly Bear Caterpillar.
Did you know their bands of color are supposed to predict how bad a winter will be? Click here, for one of many websites variously buying into, or disproving the theory.
Poor Mahonia in a cage!
Oh, well maybe not. Lucky Mahonia in a cage!
Finally I'll leave you with a very exciting discovery...how beautiful is this?
Daphniphyllum teijsmanni...(their website calls it Daphniphyllum teijsmannii 'Mountain Dove')
This one has much bigger (wider, longer) and leathery leaves than on my D. himalaense ssp macropodum 'Variegated'. The JC Raulston Arboretum has photos of several interesting Daphniphyllum, check them out here.
I can see now that I'll be making regular (ish) trips to this garden just so I can check in on this tree!
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