Garden Photo of the Day

The Tranquillity of Winter

A Washington garden in the off season

Linda Skyler shared these images of a really incredible garden. She writes:

“Although this seems a very uneventful time of year at the Bloedel Reserve, the tranquillity of walking through the fields and forests is exceptional. The beauty of the leafless trees and shrubs, moss hanging everywhere, ducks floating so still on the ponds is eerily peaceful and quite beautiful.”

This inspiring public garden is located on Bainbridge Island, in Puget Sound, Washington.

Shrubs pruned in a Japanese style surround a small pond.


Winter silhouettes of trees reflecting in a pond.


A carpet of moss looks good all year.


White birch bark glows against the dark conifers behind them.


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  1. Maggieat11 02/07/2018

    Linda, your photos are gorgeous! With 10" of snow forecast for today, I would SURE rather be there!!!

    1. Meelianthus 02/07/2018

      So glad you enjoyed - 10", oh my!!

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    treasuresmom 02/07/2018

    Breathtaking!! Oh, wish I lived close enough to visit.

  3. user-7003263 02/07/2018

    Linda, so pretty, calm, and lush even in winter. Nice way to start a dreary, dark and rainy morning in Georgia. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Meelianthus 02/07/2018

      Happy to make your day a bit brighter.

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    meander_michaele 02/07/2018

    Good morning, Linda. Your wonderful and immersive photos made me greedy to see even more so I made a quick visit to the garden's website. It's always interesting to read a little about the backgrounds of the founders of such a beautiful space. One of the factoids that jumped out at me was that Mr. Bledsoe was colorblind so the aspect of texture was particularly important to him. Do you try to make a visit to this garden at least once a year? It seems like a real treasure.

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      PKKing 02/07/2018

      Hey Michaele...guess what! I got my picture to "stick" now. I think you said you couldn't get yours to either last week. I guess they fixed the glitch, becaue now it works. Check it out.

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        meander_michaele 02/07/2018

        Thanks for the update, Priscilla. I just revisited my profile page and once again, picked my picture. Let's see what happens when I hit Submit Comment.

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        meander_michaele 02/07/2018

        Hey, yay, for you and thanks to you. I now have a face to my name!

    2. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Yes, Bloedels does have a lot of history. We try to go there at least every other month to just walk thru the woods - a beautiful 2 mile walk.

  5. Jay_Sifford 02/07/2018

    It's lovely to see this garden in the winter. It looks surprisingly lush to those of us who do not live in the PNW. Boedel Reserve is one of my 5 favorite gardens I've visited. I especially love the Japanese garden and the moss garden. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      You are so welcome, the moss garden is my favorite too.

  6. flowerladydi 02/07/2018

    Just beautiful Linda,,,, I so love the pond with the Japanese theme and the moss,, kind of ethereal.,,, I can almost feel the presence of it all! What a fabulous time you must have had strolling through the garden! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      The journey thru the gardens is always refreshing, inspiring with something beautiful around every bend.

  7. cheryl_c 02/07/2018

    What an unexpected surprise to see so much green in the middle of winter! Linda, your photography is great, and the gardens are amazing. We will have to visit the next time we are in the PNW. So many fantastic public gardens in your area. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      You will love every second you spend on this fabulous estate.

  8. user-1020932 02/07/2018

    This garden is always breathtaking from any angle or vantage point. Sure it would take me at least a year (probably much longer) to visit every beauty spot in the PNW.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Better put aside some time - you will never regret it. :)

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    PKKing 02/07/2018

    I just added Bloedel to my bucket list so I can see the moss garden (and everything else) in person. Thank you Linda for the lovely pictures of a beautiful garden.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      You are so welcome, the gardens never disappoint any time of the year.

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    DawnMT 02/07/2018

    So peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for bringing some green to my snowy day.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Just think Spring!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/07/2018

    I was terribly confused about a post entitled the tranquility of winter and that green, green photo. Thanks, Linda, for sharing more photos of Bloedel Preserve. My short visit was so inspiring that I definitely need to come back and take a day there to take it all in. So beautiful.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      All that greenery - and all it takes is a zillion days of rain! You can;t go wrong there any season.

  12. sheila_schultz 02/07/2018

    I can almost smell the moist earth when viewing these beautiful photos, Linda. The moss garden always intrigues me, it is so lush I feel the urge to walk barefoot on it's spongy texture! I think you truly captured the essence of peacefulness with the reflection of the trees in the water... thanks Linda!

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      You are very welcome - I think if you were to walk barefoot on the moss you would sink into the mud, SO much rain!! ;)

  13. hontell 02/07/2018

    Winter? All I see here in NJ is brown with a light coating of white starting to accumulate. Wish my garden looked that green and lush in the summer!

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      With Summer comes hope.

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    LindaonWhidbey 02/07/2018

    Good morning Linda. You’ve just made me feel very guilty for living so close to this beautiful garden for over 5 years and not visiting it. We always wait until summer and then we’re too busy gardening. Thanks for showing all of us that winter in a PNW garden is just as beautiful, sometimes more so, than summer. You really captured the peacefulness with your lovely photos.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Yes Linda, you really must make time to visit. You will want to return again and again, it is beauty everywhere you look.

  15. VikkiVA 02/07/2018

    Ah the Pacific NW is so beautiful. I'm jealous of all the green. Thanks for these beautiful photos.

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      You are very welcome.

  16. user-3565112 02/07/2018

    I don,t believe I,ve ever seen a PNW garden on GPOD that was not fabulous. This one shows that the beauty extends thru all four seasons. You folks living in that area are blessed with what might be the best gardening conditions on the planet.
    Thank you & good luck, Joe

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Growing conditions are supreme, as are all the gardeners and so many fantastic gardens.

  17. greengenes 02/07/2018

    Good morning Linda! Wow! You sure took some great pictures of Blodel! Every leaf and twig from winters rain and wind seems to of disapeared! Perfect day for sure! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Thanks Jeanne :)

  18. btucker9675 02/07/2018

    All I can say is "wow!" - such beauty!

  19. user-7007940 02/07/2018

    I love this place. I went there three years ago in January. It was nice. I live in Renton, WA.

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    gringopeligroso 02/07/2018

    Oh, mannnn.
    Like others, I initially thought this was a post of beauty from Summer's past. And, like others, I'm "enjoyin'" a view of tans, greys, browns, and blahs. (Even being cheated of white...)
    I have GOT to get me some more evergreens worked into my gardens. Luckily, the bank just sent me a new plastic card to replace my olde one..which means they've also replenished the accounts, right? *
    "Now, Pinus! now, Taxus! now Holly and Rhodies!
    On, Luecothe! on, Junip! (er) on, Arborvitie and Buxus!

    (with an unashamed nod to Clement C. Moore!)
    *that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

    Beautiful Captures of Tranquility. I can hear the quiet from here! Thanx, Ms. Skyler. I believe we all needed these moments. Good Medicine!

    Our sleeping orchard is filled with Robin Redbreasts...Spring can't be too far off, can it??

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      Hopefully it's coming soon!

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    Kevin_PaGardener 02/07/2018

    Thanks, Linda. You have brightened up my day here. We started with 5 inches of snow, the 1/2 inch of freezing rain, and now just rain.

    Seeing the lush evergreens and the beautiful birch trees perks up my spirits. Come on spring!!!

    1. Meelianthus 02/08/2018

      OMG, I'm so sorry for you Kevin, so much snow and cold! Makes me feel a little better about 28 days of rain. I know Spring is a comin'. :)

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    Vel Rhodes 02/07/2018

    Gee, I really don’t know why I haven’t visited here. Photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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