Yucca Torreyi

The Torry Yucca was in vivid bloom last week in the Arizona desert near Sedona.  The bloom is about 2 feet tall.  This species was named for John Torrey (1796-1873), the Columbia University botanist, who designated this yucca as a new variety in 1859.

Arizona Desert
Arizona Desert

Bloedel Reserve

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.

Bainbridge Island, WA
Bainbridge Island, WA