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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Winter Garden at UW Arboretum

First, thanks to all of you for your very kind words about France F and the frame.  She is happily hanging on my wall! Yesterday we had a quite extraordinary day!  The SBA, our daughter, and I went over to see the Winter Garden at the UW Arboretum.  The day was just beautiful with temps up to 63 sunny degrees.  I hope you will enjoy a walk through this beautiful place!

 A lovely entrance to the Arboretum.

Can you believe this wisteria vine??!! All of the posts at the conservatory were covered with these huge trunks! They reminded me of snakes.

 Flowers on an unknown vine at the conservatory.

 A beautiful Japanese Maple.

The air smelled wonderful.  I think it was all the witch hazels.

 The color you see on this path was all the different witch hazel trees.

Camellias were also blooming.

There were several clumps of this colorful cyclamen. The contrast with the orange bark was lovely.

After a fun lunch at the Pike Place Brewery, we were on our way home.  It was so warm, we sat outside on the deck of the ferry, the end to a great day.  Many thanks to our very sweet daughter who showed us all around by bus so we didn't need to take our car on the ferry.
I hope you are all having a great week-end! 


  1. Wonderful pictures - it's spring altready where you live. And that last picture is just special.

  2. Great pics, thanks for sharing.
    What a fun day!

  3. how beautiful! i love that last photo of mt. rainier too. my wisteria looks the same. that stuff is scary! and i planted it everywhere!

  4. What beautiful colors on those witch hazel trees. It looks like it was such a nice day out.

  5. What a fun day! I loved all the pictures. That Japanese Maple is gorgeous!

  6. Barb - It's just lovely - I think most people do not realize just how much is in bloom by mid-Feb in the Pac NW - lovely day!

  7. Beautiful pictures Barb. You do live in such a lovley area.

  8. Thank you for going with me - I had a wonderful day with you and Dad!

  9. The winter garden looks so beautiful. Such a nice way to spend the day!!