Spring is Near

Right around the corner – if you call 20 days a corner.

It is the beginning of March, and while yesterday provided moments with a mix of weather, I wouldn’t say March has entered like a Lion this year, more like  an ewe.

The first weekend of the month is when Skylar usually spends the weekend with June and myself. Leah, her mum, works late Fridays and Saturdays, while Greg, her dad, has his monthly Air National Guard training. Saturday was a bit slow as she was getting over a bought with a cold

The first weekend in March is always hectic however because it is the weekend of the Sew Expo in Puyallup – June must attend this extravaganza! And on top of that, it is Leah’s birthday. I wanted to take Skylar down to Northwest Trek to enjoy the animals, but there just wasn’t enough time so we went up to Federal Way to visit the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.

Not having been to the gardens in some time, and not really knowing what to expect in the way of flowers, I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of blooms in full display, as well as plenty more promising to burst forth in a moment of glory.

The gardens are located on the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus, and are well worth a visit. They always have a selection of plants available for you to purchase for your garden.

When I retired from Weyerhaeuser some years ago, the company was in the midst of a massive restructuring. The housing market was in free fall, and things were really gloomy. One of the cost cutting measures was to close the Bonsai collection, cutting off some really spectacular pieces from public display.

Well, I am pleased to report the Bonsai collection is again open to the public. Not really exciting to a 2-year-old, so Skylar and I didn’t do more than take a moment to stroll through. I did however, purchase a membership to the Rhododendron Gardens so I can promise I will be showing more of the beauties that they have on display throughout the year. It will give me plenty of reason to get up and improve my macro photography techniques.

If you have a moment to spend in Federal Way, WA, you could do a lot worse than take the time to wander the Bonsai Collection, and the Rhody Gardens.