Inspired by Gardens

May 18, 2009

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Rhododendron at Rhododendron Species Garden

Rhododendron at Rhododendron Species Garden

Fern rolled in a tidy package

Fern rolled in a tidy package

Like green lace and white butterflies against the sky

Like green lace and white butterflies against the sky

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
     — Vincent Van Gogh

It’s easy to find inspiration in a public garden.  These are a few photographs from Friday’s day trip to the Rhododendron Species Garden on the Weyerhauser campus.    The rhododendron is the Washington state flower, and it is a ubiquitous shrub on Seattle lawns and gardens.

“It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance … To perceive freshly, with fresh senses is to be inspired.”
     — Henry David Thoreau

Blue Poppy

May 16, 2009

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Blue Poppy
Blue Poppy

“… and perhaps this is all that a person can try to put into each of her days:  attention to the radiance, a rise to the full chase of beauty.”
     — Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise

Yesterday my friend Carol and I made a day-trip to Tacoma to see a new glass installation, Fluent Steps, at the Museum of Glass.  Along the way we stopped at the Weyerhauser Rhododendron Species Garden (http://www.rhodygarden.org/visitus.html).  Neither of us had been there before.  And it was a real feast for the eyes and soul. 

The sighting of this blue poppy was worth the price of admission.  I’d never before seen such a rare color in a poppy.  It was breathtakingly beautiful.