Our friend Jeanne Cronce of Port Orchard, WA, shares her unique photos with us from her recent visit to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.
"I, Jeanne Cronce from rainy Washington had a wonderful time in Calfornia with two wonderdul ladies visiting the Huntington Library and Botanical gardens. The 85 degree sun helped dry me out and got me excited about what is to come in my gardens. This place has to be seen more than just one day. We only seen a small portion and to me it was beauty overload!"
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Oh my my, if I could jump on a jet plane and fly to Huntington Garden now I would. What a magnificent collection of plants. Thank you so much Jeanne for sharing your visit with me. Vikki in VA.
This is only a small portion of their gardens! It will be fun seeing the rest of it some day! Glad you enjoyed this!
what an unusual (and unusually gorgeous) collection of plants! Do you recall what the sunflower-shaped plant is? It's really intriguing!
Thanks for sharing your visit to the Huntington Gardens!
Hi Anita... yes, these are so unusual for us here up in Washington. We never get to see this kind of gardening. the name of the plant is scadoxus hybrid. Nice arent they!
In Wisconsin we've had a week of rain (snow up north) and temps in the 30's and 40's. Your photos from sunny California are truly a sight for sore eyes. Thanks, Jeanne!
Oh Chris... i so know what you mean! Sure hope it gets better for everyone soon! I like to go thru my gardening books when days are like that! Enjoy your spring!
stunning and you have a great sense of composition in your photos
Hey double d.... thanks for the comment. It is fun to take pictures... The plant world is so awesome !
One thing this group of photos shows, Jeanne, is that you are not just a wonderful photographer of your own beautiful garden. These pictures are all quite captivating and really show off what architectural marvels the desert plants are. Those barrel cactus (cacti?) are especially fascinating to me.
Hi Meander1! Thanks for the kind comments. Arent these plants so wonderful! Its a whole new world to me. Those barrel cacti were just amazing and they had a whole hillside of them! Just beautiful! The weather was in the 80s which made me dry out finally! I was getting mold growing on me! Haha.. enjoy your spring Michaele!
Jeanne, your photos of Huntington are stunning. Definitely on my bucket list. I must get there. Thanks for taking the time to send these in. Wonderful!
Hi Tim! This is a wonderful place to see. I still want to go back and see more. Some day. Right now spring is keeping me quite busy here. So glad i tempted you towards your future visit!
Wow! Such unusual plant specimens ! Thank you!
You are welcome Lily!
Jeanne the photo of the date palm with the sun behind it is one of the best compositions I've seen in long time. Great photos.
Thanks Howard! So glad you enjoyed these!
Jeanne, I especially like the clivia and the agave 'Parryi'. I wish both of those were hardy in zone 6b, but alas, they are not! Thanks for sharing!
Yes Rhonda.. those clivia are so beautiful! Sure wish i could keep them alive here even in the house! There were so many plants we cant grow up here but that is what makes it so wonderfilled to see. A whole other world to explore!
Hi Rhonda, in my comment I talked about our clivia that we purchased for my mother in law in 1974. It has always been an indoor plant and produced many babies that we've shared with friends. If you give it some cool nights starting in about Feb.,it will flower beautifully.
Gorgeous shots, Jeanne. Just looking at these photos make me feel all warm and cozy!
Hi Sheila..thanks and glad they could warm you up!
Wow, your talents are limitless, Jeanne. I am enamores with the subject matter and the beautiful plays of light. Thanks for sharing
Hi Annek, You are so welcome. Quite a change of green for me and others! It was a great time.
Thanks for a little sunshine this morning, Jeanne. Your photos are beautiful. I especially like seeing the field of Clivia. We've had one in a pot that has produced many babies since 1974 and it's gorgeous orange flowers are our harbinger of spring. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Oh Linda! Do tell me what the secret is in keeping those beautiful clivia alive! So glad that you are able to do this and enjoy them year after year! There are so many other beautiful colors and shapes too! Enjoy your day!
Hi Jeanne, in WI we used to move the clivia to our screen porch in about mid May but here in WA we keep it in a solarium that is barely heated and it flowers every year in March. Good luck.
Okay... i will move mine out of the house here. I think it is too hot upstairs. Thanks Linda!
Linda, I too, am a hygienist retired and gardening!!! Thanks for the word on the clivia. They sell them at Longwood, but they cost a fortune!
Interesting, Rhonda. It turns out that a few of my new gardening friends here on Whidbey are retired hygienists, too. I guess we went from gum gardening to the real thing:)
All so beautiful and unusual. Nothing I could really dream of growing in Wisconsin. Nice to see the exotic! Photo 6? Is that how Figs grow?
Hi Laurie...Figs dont normally grow like this, well at least the ones ive known about. I believe this one is from India. This is what makes this place so special to me.. there are plants i would never see or know about.
Good afternoon, Jeanne. Your pictures are a nice mix of natural beauty and artistic composition. I really enjoyed them. Like Tim, I need to add the Gardens to my bucket list.
I love seeing plants I can't grow in the landscape. Very cool (or should I say warm).
Interesting hearing about the weather around the country. We just set an all time record for the warmest April in Harrisburg, but we we lucky to have good rain to balance the heat.
Hi Kevin... This is one to see for sure. But there are so many different places to see! It was very warm that day i was there. But they had a bad storm come thru and it got very cold to where they had placed all around those outdoor heaters. The wind had tipped over some very large cacti too. So the weather sure has been something all over. We are hoping for some sun this week! Enjoy your spring!
Magnificent! The desert has a beauty of its own. What is the name of the plant in pic 4 with the gorgeous umbels of orange bells? Wow - what a beauty! Must have been a fabulous trip, Jeanne. Thanks for sharing.
That is so true Shirley.. Beauty like nothing we are used to. Iam sorry i do not know the name of that plant. It was some sort of succulent though. Great color isnt it!
Yes, it definitely looks like a succulent. Beautiful.
Looks absolutley marvelous... would love to have some in my cactus section, but living in Australia, I have no idea what they are so cant buy them.... Really envious Thanks for sharing
Hi Janina... Australia! Some day i would love to see your country! You have different climates too. I am glad you enjoyed these pictures. I wonder if these plants cant be sent to you over there?
Plants cant be sent to Australia nor can most food.... but seeds can as long as you dont mark them seeds..... but I dont know the names of the plants :)
Australia is beautiful and varied, I dont have to travel far to arid land, or mountains, sea, natural palm vegetation...or the National forests....and I can get to the city in 2 hours without rushing.... and there are lots of places all over Australia and cities are cities in whatever countrys apart from any unique featue, like Eiffel Tower, London Bridge etc
Have been to some wonderful countries and they are awesome, but nothing like Australia... You are welcome anytime. have a big house and air fares are cheap as our $ is down. Another bonus of coming to Australia is you only need one change of clothes for hot & cold. The rest to bum around we have great ope-shoppees that you can buy a couple of things to wear around Australia for around $20au and throw away when you finish. That is what all the students from Asia do when they come during their summer hols.
Thank you for the invite! it all sounds fun!
Beautiful pictures! It looks like a fun place to visit.
Yes it was Nancy....Very fun!
What beautiful pics! Must have been an exciting adventure!
Hi Judy...yes it was exciting and i totally want to go back!
WOW! The gardens are absolutely gorgeous...and SO ARE YOUR PHOTOS of them! What a treat that must have been! Thanks for sharing with us.
Glad you enjoyed these Jane!
So fabulous Jeanne! Thanks for sharing your trip photos with us. Wish there are more coming tomorrow. Hope we get more days of sunshine soon!
Hi Cherry.. yes it was a fabulous time. Wonderful ladies that i was with. But i only touched the surface here at Huntington Botanical Gardens. One day just isnt enough for visiting it. But it was warm and very healing! Yes lets hope for some sun!
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