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A Plant Happy Climate

By Kim Charles

Pamela Roats is enjoying a great spring season on the San Juan Islands.

"It may be very wet this year, but it's also beautiful as usual.  Sun is on the way and will be welcomed."  

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 05/22/2017

    Hi Pamela - Oh what a beautiful garden! Love the rhododendrons, Japanese maples and steel gates and supporting stone pillars. The 4th photo. with the lawn in the middle of the garden is spectacular - great composition, colour, texture and layering. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  2. Jay_Sifford 05/22/2017

    Wow. How beautiful!

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    meander_michaele 05/22/2017

    Hi, Pamela, thanks to your sharing today, my knowledge of United States geography just improved a little. I hope I'm not the only gpod-er who jumped to the initial conclusion that the San Juan Islands were associated somehow with San Juan, Puerto Rico. So, I'm looking at your photos of those super gorgeous rhodies and Japanese maples and feeling surprised that they grow so wonderfully in Puerto Rico. Had to do a google search to clear up my befuddlement...ah ha, the Pacific everything makes sense!! Your gardens are outstanding in every way and certainly show what a strong contributor a pathway of curving grass can be to the overall ambiance.

    1. tennisluv 05/22/2017

      Oh, yeah. I so fell for that trap also until I realized that the plants being shown would not survive in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having travelled in the PacNW, I quickly made the switch. Truly God's Garden of Eden.

  4. NCYarden 05/22/2017

    I'm up for a stroll. Really stunning garden. Looks like perfect growing conditions, especially for those wonderful Japanese maples. Thanks for sharing.

  5. user-3565112 05/22/2017

    Good morning Ms. Roats, PNW gardens seem to be so peaceful & serene. Your gardens capture that mood terrifically. The scene with the partially open garden gate is warm & welcoming.
    Thank you for posting your photos,good luck, Joe

  6. cheryl_c 05/22/2017

    Your first picture really hooked me, but all of the scenes are so lush and rich in color and texture. Is there anything you CAN'T grow in the PNW? Stunning.

  7. user-4691082 05/22/2017

    Thanks, Michaele, for the geography lesson! I had no idea where this was! Pamela, you have created a paradise there. I don't have any luck with Rhodies, but I'm glad to see that you do. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/22/2017

    So lush and verdant! You've really created a lovely landscape that really pulls you along to explore-at least it seems that way in the photos. Crazy about your stone-columned gate and the fern-covered stone walls. What's not to love?

  9. annek 05/22/2017

    I, like meander, wasn't sure where your gardens were located, but now realize one of the reasons they are so lush. Your beautiful gardens are quite expansive! All of the photos are gorgeous, but the swath of grass with rich plantings on either side is spectacular

  10. VikkiVA 05/22/2017

    What a fantastic landscape you have created. I know you folks in the PNW know how blessed you are to be able to grow such beauty. More pictures please! Vikki in VA.

  11. inesmalardino 05/22/2017

    Absolutely stunning and exquisite! Love the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island is amazing. Your photography is fabulous as well, every single photo is gorgeous... what a joy!

  12. foxglove12 05/22/2017

    So pretty. Love ❤️ the San Juan islands. That gate is amazing and inviting.

  13. user-7008581 05/22/2017

    These are beautiful photos of a lovely garden landscape. But, once again, as a resident of this region, I'm wishing for some plant ID, if there's an educational purpose to this site.

  14. Meelianthus 05/22/2017

    Beautiful Pamela, I love the San Juans. Do you live on San Juan Island or one of the other islands near by. Your gate and rock wall, into such a lush looking landscape, are captivating and beautifully done. All of our rain in the PNW this past year has made for incredible gardens! Really enjoyed your landscapes.

  15. user-6536305 05/22/2017

    What a magnificent and beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing!

  16. tennisluv 05/22/2017

    Pamela, your St. Juan Island landscape is beautiful. Like Meander1, my first anticipation was for a tropical garden. But, then it was a' 'wait a minute moment" - duh, rodos and Japanese maples don't grow in St. Juan, Puerto Rico. Having traveled into the Seattle area numerous time on business, I quickly made the change to the Washington state archipelago. Absolutely lovely part of the world and my first place to move to if I ever decided to move from Georgia. The plants you can grow there are bigger and more beautiful than anywhere I have travelled in the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska. You are truly blessed to live in the 'Garden of Eden'. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden.

  17. Luvfall 05/23/2017

    Pamela, I'd really like to know the variety of rhododendron in the second photo. I just love the bicolor tones.

  18. user-7007125 05/23/2017

    What a wonderful garden! I was surprised here in Cloverdale, BC that after that nasty winter my garden is looking better then ever. Sad all the weeds survived along with all the plants! Things I even transplanted in mid Sept last year survived and are happy to be in their new places in my garden. Please share again soon!

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    LindaonWhidbey 05/24/2017

    Hi Pamela, I can't believe that I missed your post on Mon., neighbor. Your garden is exquisite as is your wonderful gate. Are you deer fenced because if you are, I'm really envious? You have really created a piece of paradise. Thanks for sharing.

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