The Rhododendron's are blooming!

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One of nature's many gifts to the Pacific Northwest is an abundance of Rhododendrons. Though us natives of the Puget Sound (if the truth were revealed) do become weary of grey days and rain about now, but the Rhododendron's love it as they ready for the warm spring sun to burst into their glory and flower. This is so spectacular and renews the spirit. Life is born anew!

Growing up in my old neighborhood of Earlington in Renton, Washington, I remember every neighbor had at least one Rhododendron. My Grandparents had two huge trees in their yard that were about 16 feet tall.


After a cool rainy morning the sunshine came out this afternoon and the Rhody's at
my office in Kent are ready to burst into bloom!

Don't forget May 14 - May 20, 2012 is the 77th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend...

I love the Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend is about 2 hours from Seattle if you take the Seattle - Bainbridge Island Ferry then drive north on State Route WA-305 to Port Townsend.

Port Townsend is an old waterfront town and one our early guardians to the Puget Sound. It has a long history. Captain George Vancouver named the area "Port Townsend" after his friend the Marquis of Townshend back in 1792. The city took the name on April 24, 1851. It's worth the drive just to see all of the old Victorian era homes.

There's a lot going on during festival week, arts and crafts, fashion shows, and bike tours. The Rhododendron Garden opens on the 14th at Fort Worden, there's fun events like the pancake breakfast and spaghetti feed at the Elks Lodge, live music by the high school, a memorial Rhody open Golf Tournament, and much much more with a Grand Parade on Saturday the 19th. Great small town Northwest Americana fun and the scenery and views of water and mountains is truly inspiring.

A great way to welcome spring. The Rhododendron's are blooming!

For details, directions, and guidelines to all events click: Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival.

Originally posted on: The Blackberry Chronicles.

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nothing like a flower to add color and joy and a little brightness to your day...

enjoy

May 04, 2012 08:03 PM #1
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Thanks David, and oh so true! I love it after the long grey when color once again appears in spring!

May 04, 2012 08:11 PM #2
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Hi Rene, absolutely beautiful. As someone who lives in SoCal, I'd never seen rhododendrons until my first visit to Seattle and then on to Vancouver. Thanks for reminding me of the wonderful views of the northwest.

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The Rhododendron's are blooming and indeed they are beautiful!  Enjoy a wonderful weekend Rene!

May 04, 2012 09:19 PM #4
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Hi René, I usually think of these as being plentiful in the Washington DC and through the Northeast. I had no idea they are so prevalent in the Northwest. I love this plants when they are in bloom. Sould be quite a festival and look for lots of photos that you will add, especially the different colors.
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Baseball season took over this year and I didn't get a chance to head to the tulip festival with my camera. I guess I will have to go next year!

 

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Hi Rene,

Ahhhhh - rhododendrons!

When blooming, they are beautiful.

You can whack them way back so they no longer cover all the windows, and they still grow back!!

Phil

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Hi Lynda... Indeed, the rhododendrons love it up here in the northwest. And admittedly I am a little biased, just a little... I love the water and the mountains.

May 05, 2012 10:04 AM #8
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Thanks John! It was fun yesterday to see so many rhody's like in the picture just ready to bust open. Not yet, but it could be any minute! Enjoy the weekend.

May 05, 2012 10:05 AM #9
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William... Thanks. They are so gorgeous and there's a 1000 varities! 

May 05, 2012 10:16 AM #10
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Todd: I didn't make it to the tulip festival this year either. I was sick with a cold/virus that's going around. Baseball is a lot better reason not to go :O) I remember driving up the valley from Salem to McMinnville with my friend Kathy Bryant when the tulips were in bloom. It was absolutely beautiful.

May 05, 2012 10:19 AM #11
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My mom was so upset with my dad one year when he cut the rhododendron in front of the house way back. It only took about 2 years and it was even bigger than before!

May 05, 2012 10:21 AM #12
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Rene, I keep saying that one of these years I am going to ride the length of Whidbey just to look at the wild rhodies.

May 05, 2012 11:20 AM #13
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! Great post!

May 05, 2012 12:51 PM #14
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Hi Charles... If you decide to go let me know! Maybe I can tag along. That would be a great way to spend a day!

May 05, 2012 01:19 PM #15
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Thanks Stacia... There just so big and bold and full of color! I love them too! :O)

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They are gorgeous Rene!  I had so many of them when I lived in Chicago....

May 06, 2012 06:39 PM #17
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Hi Barbara... That's a fact, they are gorgeous and really plentiful around here!

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