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Jeanne’s color-packed garden in Washington

This is walking up to the house.

We’ve visited Jeanne Cronce in Port Orchard, Washington, a few times and today she’s back with even more!

This is a picture of a Japanese maple, ‘Aratuma’.

She says, “Here are some pictures of our garden for 2014. The growth this year has been tremendous! I have always liked planting close so I am now looking at moving plants around in the fall or early spring. More fun in the dirt, I suppose.

Along the path to the house.

We have five acres of woods and gardens. We call it “Winter Springs Gardens.” It’s like a little oasis from the busy lifestyles we seem to be pushed into. The birds are plentiful, along with the rabbits. So in some of the pictures you will notice some fencing that I had to put around some of the beds.”

This is a spirea. It was so pretty this spring.

Jeanne, I am in love with all the colors in your garden–it’s definitely not a sea of green! Everything looks lush and beautiful. Thanks so much for this update!

This is our chicken house and another little project with the purple arbor consisting of two 8-foot-tall fence posts with wire cages that I made out of extra things laying around and the top I found at a secondhand store. My husband bolted it on for me and what do you know… I have a place for two climbing vines! Hoooooray!

****Jeanne sent in tons of photos, so we’ll see another batch tomorrow. Stay tuned!****

This is the black locust tree and in front is an anchor that my son caught while fishing. I am starting to like rusty things…

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This is the path through the inner garden which we had to completely fence to keep the rabbits out.
The cotinus in its fullness..I enjoy having this color in the garden.
This is another fencing project. It’s made out of hog fencing with another art piece I found. And of course another clematis will be growing on it. The little bird bath is made from an old lamp base.
Nice colors.
This is the food garden in its early stage. It is so huge now.
A pretty clematis.
Our delphiniums were so beautiful this year. Too bad they don’t last longer.

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  1. perenniallycrazy 07/13/2014

    Color packed indeed! Love your spirea shrub. What is its name? Also, how do you keep your Lonicera Baggensen's Gold so neat? Your plants look so healthy, would you care you share your gardening secrets?

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/14/2014

    If I were a visitor to your home, I would never make it to the doorbell! Love the anchor and chain, too. thanks for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 07/14/2014

    You're a delightfully creative gardener, your ingenuity is putting together recycled materials and making them perfect for ornamentation...example being ...the purple pole "thing-a-ma-jig"! It's always an extra treat to have interesting verticality in the garden and a place for clematis ( or other vines) to scamper upward. Speaking of that picture...are those incredibly tall blue topped flowers delphiniums? Is is just an optical illusion or are they really as tall or taller than a person?
    Love your repetition of chartreusy colors throughout and the dramatic contrast of the deep burgundies and maroons.Everything looks wonderful!

  4. NCYarden 07/14/2014

    So beautiful. I really enjoy the menagerie of bright colors and textures. I would love to take a very very long stroll through your garden. And I am with you, cheers for clematis crawling up the garden, and curses to the rabbits. I wish delphiniums lasted longer too. Thank you for sharing.

  5. greengenes 07/14/2014

    Good morning! Jeanne Cronce here... I would love to share any garden "secrets" or answer any questions. This is part of sharing with other gardeners is about. I so want to encourage and inspire other gardeners and newbees to the pleasures and fulfillment of gardening. This has really been my therapy. And by the looks of things I need a lot of it! Ha Ha..
    So Perennially crazy, {which I so love the name}, I bring is a fish compost that makes everything grow! Its amazing stuff. When ever I plant a new plant I dig a hole and mix in the fish compost and plant. Then in late spring I top dress everything with the fish compost. This helps keep the weeds down and also keeps the soil below, moist so it dosent dry out so fast. I cant do all the beds in one season unless I win the lottery so I trade off every spring on who gets the beautiful black compost.
    Also about the lonceria, or boxwood honey suckle, in picture one, this is a wonderful plant to shape to a desired look. It prunes up so nice. I do it twice a season, though. its a pretty good grower. I have another one in another area that I have pruned into three different balls and it looks fun. The neat thing about this plant is that any of the larger trimmings you get off it, just stick it in the ground in a shady, cool, somewhat moist area and it will root! I enjoy doing propagations just to see if it works or not. And then there are more plants the following season to share or plant somewhere else.
    Meander1, who so eloquently speaks, those delphiniums are that tall! They where at least five to six ft. tall. We have had a wonderful spring of warmth and rain and it repeated itself for a month and so everything has grown beyond our wildest expectations! Much to the delight of a gardener!
    If any of you are in the area you are welcome to stop by. A heads up would be nice though. We have had a couple of garden clubs check it out this year.

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/14/2014

      Thanks for sharing your secret Jeanne. Gotta love fish fertilizer and compost. I personally swear by compost myself. Hubby and I hauled 2 tons in the Spring from the landfill for fertilizer and mulch. Have a great week!

  6. annek 07/14/2014

    This is my type of garden! The color splashes are mesmerizing. I had to go through and study all photos three times before sending a note...and I plan on going back to do yet another review. So you planted all five acres? Wow, what a wonderful opportunity for incorporating your design abilities. Do you know the name of the clematis? It is exquisite. (I'm rambling here, but my excitement is palpable)

  7. GrannyMay 07/14/2014

    Jeanne, happiness would be wandering around your gardens, exploring it all! Like Tim, I'd never make it to the front door. Love it all!

    Thanks for the reminder about fish compost. My plants have loved it too and anything that keeps the moisture in is a benefit. It is very expensive here, so I have had to be stingy with its use. I too have propagated a lot of my plants over the years. You lose nothing by trying, and it is so nice to have extras to share. Some plants root easily and quickly, others need patience. How long did it take for the Lonicera cuttings to root?

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  8. user-7007059 07/14/2014

    Jeanne, what a pretty garden! So nice to see one close to home (I'm in Gig Harbor). I love your entry path, it's so inviting with the mossy pavers and beautiful Hydrangea. My Delphiniums weren't nearly as tall as yours this year, but still pretty - I'm just happy the deer didn't eat them! And speaking of fencing, one of my tasks this week is putting up metal rabbit fencing around the vegetable garden because the little buggers have chewed through the plastic deer fencing that's already there and are helping themselves to the spread. Aaugh. I'd love to see your garden sometime if you really mean it about stopping by, and ditto to you for mine!

    1. greengenes 07/14/2014

      Yes Peggy... I do mean it! Would love to meet you, a fellow gardener! You can contact me at [email protected]. I sure would love to see yours as well! We are fortunate to find gardening as a passion in our lives aren't we!

  9. Meelianthus 07/14/2014

    Goodmorning Jeanne ~ Everything looks lush and SO well cared for. I feel very fortunate to have been able to see your gardens in person. Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful views (and plants) and your endless love of gardening.

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    HelloFromMD 07/14/2014

    I agree, great amount of color.Very beautiful gardens. I loved the orange flowers and burgundy foliage together. I will remember to try out that combo. Your smoke bush is magnificent. I still have mine, but it gets a lot of dieback so sometimes I think why is it here. Of your five acres, how much is in gardens?

  11. greengenes 07/14/2014

    Hi GrannyMay! Well the lonicera rooted over the summer and then I didn't dig it up until the next late spring, early summer. I guess it would depend on the weather, maybe?

    Annek, I have planted about three and a half of the acers but this is a guesstamet. It all just keeps evolving because I always find another tree or shrub I like so I need to make another bed. But I have to stop somewhere because I can hardly keep up with it all now. Hm...we will see what happens with that! ha ha.The name of the clematis is "Ville de Lyon". Clematis is such a wonderful group of vines. There are so many different kinds and they bring such a great vertical balance to the garden.
    Perennially Crazy, I have hunted around for the tag on that spirea and unfortunately I couldn't find it. But it seems to me it is something like a spirea vanhoutnee? I guess I could go online and check. But it is a courser type other than the regular bridal veil type. The spireas are a great type of plant. I also have the short "magic carpet" one and after it blooms I cut it way back and it will bloom again. And the cuttings will root if you stick them in a cool damp place!

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      meander_michaele 07/14/2014

      Well, grrrr on me for not trying the rooting thing with pruned off stems from Magic Carpet (and other varieties) Spirea. I, also, do a cutting back after the first robust bloom and get a second flush which I so enjoy. I think I finally learned that the foliage and flowers will be waaay more pleasing if I also give them a good cutback in late winter/early spring before the first show begins. Ha, always so much to do,right?

    2. GrannyMay 07/14/2014

      Thanks Jeanne! Summers here are usually bone-dry and my place is mostly rubble, sand and rock. I have to haul in loads of soil and amendments just to plant anything properly, so finding a cool damp place to stick cuttings has not often been an option. Ah, but there are usually ways to solve most problems. I stick 3 - 5 cuttings into one-gallon pots, put the pots into dappled shade under a shrub or tree and try to remember to water them religiously. I have sometimes buried the pots to keep the winter frost away.

      1. greengenes 07/14/2014

        This will work, too. Iam trying this with some stonecrops,,, woohoo!

  12. user-1020932 07/14/2014

    Jeanne, i always love your garden photos. everything lush/full and vibrant. sure i could spend days and still be discovering hidden treasure. Meander and I can only wish for delphiniums here or at least I can't grow them here. your place is smashingly beautiful, love it more each time i see it featured

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      meander_michaele 07/14/2014

      Oh, Jeff, you are so right...I am a card carrying member of the delphinium failure club. I bought them once with visions of blue spires filling my dreams. Ha, yes, I was the envy of all my dreams. It took the east TN heat and humidity a mere week to give me a reality check and clue me in...some things aren't meant to be!

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  13. patriciagutierrezsaldivar 07/14/2014

    Beautiful color in those hydraengas.

  14. GrannyCC 07/14/2014

    Love your gardens Jeanne. Wonderful pathways and beautiful colour combinations.I like all your fencing in that it isn't too noticeable, hope it works. I also enjoyed seeing your various found objects makes the garden a fun place to wander around.

  15. Nurserynotnordstroms 07/15/2014

    Jeanne,I finally came in from the gardens,the first thing I did was opened my mail to see who's garden was featured. What beautiful gardens you have. I live in Washington and belong to the NPA. are you ever on their tours?what specifically do you use for your compost?
    Thank you so much for sharing, I can't wait to see more of your very lovely creative gardens.

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