I may not appreciate the prospect of large Rhododendrons in my own small garden, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the beauty and splendor of their spring blossoms.

This past weekend I visited the Washington State Rhododendron Garden which, conveniently, is a very short drive from my house. The garden is immediately after the entrance to Fort Worden State Park. Right here in beautiful Port Townsend. Sunday was a “free day” for the state park system and, with my limited budget, I try to take advantage of such things as often as possible. As far as peak rhody bloom isĀ concernedĀ it would have been better to visit the garden in mid-May, but one does what one can. There is no free admittance to Fort Worden then.

I took almost a hundred photographs of about thirty different plants ranging in color from bright white to deep red, pale lavender and rich golds. It was an overcast day with a slight breeze that proved perfect for taking pictures of flowers.

If you ever get the chance to visit PT in Spring I highly recommend spending time at the State Rhododendron Garden.