Botanical Gardens – flowers in winter?
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Fuschia

Fuchsia

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens proves once again that there is rarely a season without a bloom on the Northern California Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuschia

Fuchsia

 

Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispanola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).

There are currently 110 recognized species of these plants.

 

 

 

 

Rododendron

Rododendron

 

This lovely red rhododendron was one of the few that we saw with blooms.  In mid to late April, there are dozens of plants with hundreds of vibrant blooms of all shades from pink to purple.

mid-winter blooms

mid-winter blooms

These bulbs were bursting out just like it was early spring!

It may mean that spring isn’t all that far away after all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather

Heather

 

The Heather Gardens were especially beautiful!

Heather gardens

Heather gardens

 

 

Garden colors

Garden colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As were the Maple trees & Succulents.

 

Succulent Gardens

Succulent Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure that you pay a visit to these amazing gardens when in the Fort Bragg, CA area! (Where something is always blooming!)

www.gardenbythesea.org Notation: photos courtesy of James Garretson

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