Bloedel Reserve features so many different microclimates. It has some lovely canyons with streams flowing and many ponds and marshes in addition to sunny meadows and formal gardens. (I have more shots of this amazing place, from last year, HERE. Don't miss the galloping otter!)
A favorite denizen of the marshy areas there: Skunk Cabbage!! (Lysichiton americanus.) It does have a faint and fairly pleasant skunky aroma. I love it nestled here among the cheerful clover.
BELOW: This beauty is a clumpy ground cover. The periwinkle blue is totally hypnotizing.
BELOW: Primrose are well-represented at Bloedel and are in full bloom now.
BELOW: I am infatuated with Pieris Japonica right now, and look what I found - WOW. The new growth on this grand old 10' tall plant is the prettiest soft peach-rose color.
A few more shots from my visit to Bloedel, to come shortly.