|Point Defiance Lodge Visitors Center
Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has a beautiful garden and walking trails, as well as a nice play area for kids, and a zoo and aquarium. I've been wanting to go there for a while, so when Nigel (who had taken the day off work) said "What shall we do today?" I decided it was time to head there. It made for a grand day out.
|Begonias in one of the hanging baskets on the porch
There is an absolutely magnificent rose garden there, actually two of them, and I got some really lovely photos of roses. I seldom show photos of roses on my blog, because I don't grow any. I love the flowers, especially the ones with great scents, but the shrubs themselves are, well, ugly. Usually disease-ridden, pruned to within an inch of their lives. Where I have room for rose, I'd rather plant a different shrub with interesting foliage.
Anyway, I hope you like roses, if not you will be very bored with this post. It is going to be a rose orgy. (Sorry, I didn't keep track of names, not all of them had name tags.)
|What looks like a bank of roses here behind the lower ones is actually a trellis tunnel with climbing roses all over it.
|There was a group of volunteers there with clippers, trimming, pruning, and deadheading the roses.
|This rose was huge, truly -- as big as my head, I think.
There are some interesting foliage combinations in some of the beds too.
Whoever is in charge of pruning this weeping conifer is a genius -- assuming, that is, that it's meant to look like a mastodon.
I know they're pretty common, but I am always impressed by enormous calla lilies. They're one of my favorite flowers.
|Calla lily foliage next to bear's breeches
|The gardens had several enormous Gunneras
|So tropical-looking -- and check out that blue sky!
|Do dogwoods bloom in July anywhere else in the country?
After I gallivanted around the garden beds taking pictures and oohing and aahing, we went for a little walk.
|I wanted to get a snap of Nigel walking ahead of me, silhouetted, but he heard me stop and started to turn to see what had captured my attention.
|So wonderfully tranquil
|Point Defiance Park is right on the Sound
|I wish I could have known the woman who gave her name to this bench, doesn't she sound like a hoot?
Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip to Point Defiance Park with me!