Look at this beautiful plant.  Look at the green leathery leaves. Look at the soft fuzzy new growth.  Look at the fine bristly hairs, look at the petite urn-shaped flowers.  Look at those drooping little bells of white and pink. Look at this contrast of tender and tough.  Look at the smooth curve of the leaf and straight line of the stem.  Know this plant, … Continue reading Salal

Chilean Lantern Tree

In June, in full bloom, this plant is amazing.  I photographed this Chilean Lantern Tree, or Crinodendron hookerianum, at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island in Washington.  It was about eight feet tall and literally dripping with flowers.   Flowers of a soft, pinkish-red color that hang down profusely like cherries or peppers.  I’ve seen the immature plant at the nursery, for sale as a … Continue reading Chilean Lantern Tree

Moss Garden at Bloedel Reserve

I had yet another unexpected plant surprise when I visited the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island this week.  I had been looking forward to exploring this renowned public garden for some time, but didn’t anticipate what I found when I drifted down a sunny path and came upon the moss garden.   A natural garden filled with waves of moss.  Swimming over the soil, covering … Continue reading Moss Garden at Bloedel Reserve