My first post of 2014 comes from the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA. We were on the island visiting my son’s family and took the four grandkids there for a hike. It was cold, raining, and cloudy. There was very little in bloom but I did find this Golden Weeping Willow which is a hybrid and has this wonderful winter color.
The Reserve’s 150 acres has natural woodlands, landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, a Reflection Pool and the Bloedels’ former estate home. Portions of the property over look the sound.