Spring being…

…the deep, ragged


between solstice seasons, where


changes quickly, it carries us


on cool, stuttering






















Photographs taken at Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens in Shoreline, Washington, just outside of Seattle. The garden is a small local treasure. Originally the home and garden of Art Kruckeberg and his family, this deeply shaded spot in a residential neighborhood is now a mature public garden. Dr. Kruckeberg taught Botany at the University of Washington, andย  with his wife Maureen, was active in local botanical groups. The couple collected plants that feel right at home in the Pacific Northwest, blending seamlessly with native species. Though set with exotic trees from Asia and other unusual specimens, the garden retains a natural woodland feel.

An early outgrowth of Kruckeberg Botanic Garden was the MsK Rare Plant Nursery, a rambling collection of cuttings, seedlings and plants that keeps the garden supplied continuously with new material and offers area enthusiasts locally grown natives and exotics. Set on a steep hillside, the four acre site’s winding paths slow you down and invite closer looks. Not a place for grand vistas, it is an intimate, quiet experience.

In the midst of a very busy week I was able to squeeze a restorative hour at the Kruckeberg into my schedule last week. Surrounded by green on all sides, I felt my shoulders drop as my breathing slowed and tension subsided – a welcome respite. Sun filtered down through immense trees, highlighting a patch of tiny cyclamens on the ground here, and budding branches above there. Only a few other visitors were around, and a gardener or two. Joy made a small clearing amidst the day’s worries.


  1. Such a beautiful ode to springshine. My dearly departed hubby used to love the Trilliums. But they were all so sweet. The gardens sound like a great place to visit anytime to smooth out the rough edges.

    • Yes, exactly. Trilliums were a favorite of mine growing up, in upstate New York, but they were already getting rare. I would see a few each year as a child, in the woods behind our house. As I got older, opportunities to see them were fewer and farther between. Now that I’m in the Pacific Northwest, I can appreciate them without thinking every one I see will be the very last. They are a regular sight in the woods, and such a beacon of joy.

      • I don’t remember seeing Trilliums when I lived back east, but then I was a city girl. It’s true. I think of dear hubby whenever I see them in the wild these days. Truly a beacon of joy announcing the onset of spring.

    • Aren’t they totally enchanting? I love them, the wild ones and the cultivated. They’re planted a lot out here, and you see them regularly in the woods too, in the right places of course. Thanks for commenting.

    • Funny! I desaturated it a bit because the green was so intense. I have a few more like it – I was going for a more abstract interpretation on those and I didn’t think it quite worked, but it was close. But now I guess it did work! Gotta do more!

    • Me too – just love it. And it’s good being in a place where I know I can travel vertically and see Spring backtrack a little, so it doesn’t all disappear too fast. Good to hear from you.

  2. Beautiful words and pictures, my friend >>> especially like the 4th image down, its one of those pictures that the more I look at the more I see; and the image below that one, with the illuminated strands of spiders web, is gorgeous. A ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s interesting because I didn’t like the light in that photo so much – it’s an Epimedium, tiny flowers that grow very close to the ground, so I had to get on the ground and use the flip LCD, even then it was a stretch – literally. We get loads of spider webs here, and I’m pleased that now I have the camera and lens to photograph them decently. Sometimes they do add something, right? Other times, not so much!

    • I SO love this time of year. It’s just been gorgeous here, too. And two weeks early! If only I could apply your slo-mo internet speed to the growth hormones happening out there…

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