June at the Arboretum

Another month and another walk full of surprises at the Washington Park Arboretum.  The leaves are so lush right now I wanted to wrap myself up in their soft green blanket.  The highlight of this trip was stumbling into the grove of tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) so tall and tree-ish.  Hidden among their branches were the almost camouflaged flowers in muted colors of yellow and green.  Standing upright like a tulip, once you noticed them they were everywhere!  So high above my head, most of the blossoms were up near the top.  Another amazing plant was the bladder nut tree.  As I wandered down the path I noticed these air filled sacks hanging from the tree.  When I walked over the fallen ones they popped!  After doing a bit of research I found that these trees grow near rivers and when the air filled seed pods fall into the water they float away, dispersing the seeds far and wide.  What a great adaptation, little tiny seed boats!

3 thoughts on “June at the Arboretum

  1. Cathy

    Love the idea of little seed boats – isn’t nature wonderful! Thanks for sharing your photos Elaine – the flowering trees are all lovely, but the golden oak stands out above the rest for me. Beautiful!

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  2. rainyleaf Post author

    Do you have an arboretum near your home? I’m glad to have the one in Seattle, even though it’s 30 minutes away and I have to cross a toll bridge ($2.50 each way) to get there. To me it’s worth it! It gets expensive to look at plants sometimes!

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