Rhododendrons are native to Asia, North America, Europe and Australia and are the state/national flower of many regions including the state of Washington and the country of Nepal. In Nepal, the flower is celebrated for its sour flavor and is used in many recipes. 
Many varieties are poisonous due to the toxin grayanotoxin in their pollen and nectar. In fact, honey made from the poisonous varieties of rhododendron is also poisonous. One story from the 1st century BC tells of Roman troops from Pompeii marching against the Pontic Greeks when the Roman troops came across a cache of honey in a narrow mountain pass. The troops, thinking they were seizing an opportunity, devoured it. The honey, however, had been deliberately left by the Pontic forces because it had been made with rhododendron nectar. The Roman troops became ill, some fatally, and those who were left were defeated by the local people.

Rhododendrons are native to Asia, North America, Europe and Australia and are the state/national flower of many regions including the state of Washington and the country of Nepal. In Nepal, the flower is celebrated for its sour flavor and is used in many recipes. 

Many varieties are poisonous due to the toxin grayanotoxin in their pollen and nectar. In fact, honey made from the poisonous varieties of rhododendron is also poisonous. One story from the 1st century BC tells of Roman troops from Pompeii marching against the Pontic Greeks when the Roman troops came across a cache of honey in a narrow mountain pass. The troops, thinking they were seizing an opportunity, devoured it. The honey, however, had been deliberately left by the Pontic forces because it had been made with rhododendron nectar. The Roman troops became ill, some fatally, and those who were left were defeated by the local people.

The bones of an old wheelbarrow 

The bones of an old wheelbarrow 

Beginnings of a strawberry

Beginnings of a strawberry

Ferns are older than dinosaurs, first appearing in the fossil record in the Devonian Period around 360 million years ago (dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic Period, about 231 million years ago). 

Like mosses, ferns reproduce using spores. Unlike mosses, ferns are a vascular plant which allows them to grow to significantly larger sizes. The largest fern is Cyathea brownii which is found in South Pacific islands near New Zealand and can grow to over 60 feet tall (20 meters).

Sword ferns, like those pictured above, are native to Western America and are prolific along the coast from Alaska to southern California. They are a very hearty plant and can grow over 5 feet tall. Their spores are known to relieve the painful itch of the stinging nettle, which is also abundant in the region. The Native Salish peoples ate both the mature rhizomes and fiddleheads of the sword fern. 

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apple blossoms

Moss and lichen

Mosses are a primitive non vascular plant made up of simple root, stem, and leaf structures and are thought to have evolved from green algae. Dawsonia superba is the tallest moss in the world, growing up to 20 inches in height. 

Lichen, though similar in appearance, is actually a composite organism consisting of a fungus and a photobiont, often green algae. It is estimated that a whopping 6% of land on surficial Earth is covered in lichen. 

I’ve done some research and I’ve concluded that baby lupin is the cutest thing on planet Earth

I’ve done some research and I’ve concluded that baby lupin is the cutest thing on planet Earth

Promise of lilac blossoms 

Promise of lilac blossoms 

Moss on a grapevine

Moss on a grapevine

Greenhouse sprouts

Greenhouse sprouts

dog days of spring

dog days of spring

Spring is wonderful