Arboretum Walks, part one

We went for a walk today in the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Known on maps as the Washington Park Arboretum, it’s usually just called the arboretum.

The arboretum gives you spring fever. You can go anytime of year, but we like to go three times each spring, so this will be the first of three posts regarding this lovely corner of Seattle.

Our first visit is always to the Witt Winter Garden, a small portion of the arboretum dedicated to winter-blooming plants. We go mostly for the smells. Picture the smell of winter jasmine and witch hazel in bloom, if picture is the word I want.

I like bark. I like twigs. I like closeups. Click for larger images and some nice moss. Part two in about six weeks, when we visit the cherry trees in bloom.

~ by Rick on February 12, 2012.

3 Responses to “Arboretum Walks, part one”

  1. very nice

    I’ve never seen a silk tassel bush before. Are the hanging strand-of-bead looking things part of the plant?

  2. Thats some high quality moss you’ve got there.

  3. John M.,
    You bet they’re part of the plant.

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