A couple of weeks ago, Alison (Bonney Lassie) and I hit our first plant sale of the season, March Madness, sponsored by the Northwest Perennial Alliance. Lots of our favorite specialty growers were there .
Alison got another trillium to add to her garden and I got a couple of podophyllum including this one.
There were tables and tables of plants as one would expect. When we were finished inside, we visited the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
It had been years since I'd visited and huge, wonderful changes have been made. I did visit last Christmas to see their light show but that was different. Here are a few shots along the paths.
Paths diverged in many areas of the garden. Beyond this gate is the Asian garden but we chose a different path.
Alison found it interesting that they'd left last year's hydrangea blooms still. Even though I'm the laziest gardener I know, mine come off the minute that green buds appear. They do create an interesting contrast with all of the springy green new growth.
Rheum palmatum atrosanguineum with most of the new growth being beautifully red but with some deciding to be green instead. This coloration seems quite variable from plant to plant.
Astilbe with golden fur emerging from it's long winter's nap.
Oh, those stately Nolinas!
Across the lawn with a view of the original owners' home. For a little history of the place, go here.
A fancy new building in which the plant sale took place.
A plant zoo.
Catkins of Corylus 'Red Majestic' are a lovely pink color rather than the yellow of the green-leaved contorted filbert.
We even found a hobbit house.