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Jeanne’s garden in Washington state (5 photos)

The walkway from our front porch to the parking area. Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Jeanne Cronce

Today’s photos are from Jeanne Cronce in Port Orchard, Washington. She says, “We live on 5 acres of woods and gardens. I have been creating these gardens for 35 years now and I am still going. This is a creative way of expression and it is so rewarding.  I hope you enjoy these. This next spring will be even better–every year it gets better and better!”

In front of our log house.

So nice, Jeanne–send more photos!  **More info in the captions**

The outer food garden at the entry way. These are hardy bananas in pots. My husband made me the beautiful little gate to help keep out the rabbits.

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In the front yard. We enjoy large bamboos and lots of interesting trees. We had a huge wind storm which blew all the beautiful leaves off of Japanese maples, beeches, ginkos and many other shrub type plants.
Our front yard looking out to go into the outer garden where there are fruit trees, raspberries, blueberries, and a big food garden. we are currently putting up a green house out there as well.

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  1. user-1020932 12/02/2013

    yet another beautiful space in PWN, i love it all. great job, Jeanne. is that Japanese Forest Grass in the 2nd photo?!?!?! if so, it's the biggest i have ever seen and my favorite shot is the last one, vistas/layers/textures, all super

  2. wGardens 12/02/2013

    Absolutely WONDERFUL! Love all the mature plant material, great layering... so full, just love it! Cute gate that your husband built... nice pairing of the pots/bananas. How nice to walk through all those beautiful plantings to your parking area... a treat for your guests as well! I look forward to more photos!!

  3. GardenGrl1 12/02/2013

    Beautiful! I don't even know where to begin. I love it all. If my gardens looked like yours, I don't think I would ever want to go back into the house. Thank you for sharing!

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    meander_michaele 12/02/2013

    What an enchanting walkway to the parking area...who could possibly be in a rush to and fro when there is all that garden magic happening. You and your plants have mastered the art of graceful and beguiling spillage...there's just enough to soften the hard edges but not so much that one feels like they need to pull out their trusty hacking knife like in a jungle movie.
    I love your use of lawn to set off your beds so beautifully. Your 35 years have been successfully spent and it's wonderful that you are still excited and full of plans.

  5. annek 12/02/2013

    Jeanne, I want to plop myself down in the middle of your Eden!

    All the textures and layers give so much dimension and perspective to your garden areas. I love the huge spruce trees at the backdrop for your last photo. More photos please

  6. tractor1 12/02/2013

    Wonderful, simply wonderful! I'd be looking for any excuse to drive somewhere just to walk that path several times a day... gotta love those pavers too. I need to see that veggie patch behind that lovely gate. It sure is nice to garden somewhere that doesn't need much watering, if any, I'd hate to drag a hose over five acres... and I see how you deter rabbits from the veggie patch but what about the rest of the gardens, and what about deer? I wish there were more photos (hundreds), and that the Enlarge button worked:-( Thank you, Jeanne.

  7. CTpat 12/02/2013

    Jeanne, I can only echo what everyone else has said, and add that that's a great flock of flamingos in the last photo! What's the blue structure in the same photo?

  8. user-1020932 12/02/2013

    i never even saw the flamingos!

  9. celiahoneysuckle 12/02/2013

    Now that's an established garden. I don't seem to stay anywhere long enough to create such a garden. Sure glad I can see other peoples. Thanks.

  10. tractor1 12/02/2013

    I enlarged the photo... those aren't flamingos... those are emus! And that blue structure is somone's Saphire gin bottle! ;)
    Where's Waldo:

  11. pattyspencer 12/02/2013

    Just beautiful! I really really like that little gate - so cute!! You're plantings are awesome and so lush.

  12. janetsfolly 12/02/2013

    Yes, yes, yes! This is just beautiful. Love the gate, the stone path, the blue arbor, the banana pots, all of it, especially the perfectly placed flamingoes! More photos, please! (Jeff, I agree the PNW is an amazing place for gardening!)

  13. sheila_schultz 12/02/2013

    My goodness, Jeanne, your property looks like it's out of a fairy tale. The many varieties of deciduous trees, conifers, grasses and perennials tied together with the flowing grass paths have created a textural heaven. More photos please.

  14. GrannyMay 12/02/2013

    Wonderful Jeanne! I love the look of your gardens, the natural flow from one area to the next as shown in the last two photos and the lush plantings in the close-ups. More photos please!

    That entry gate with the red pots is a beautiful focal point! Your hardy bananas look so happy! Do you give them any special care? Are they outside all winter?

    If you are protecting your vegetables from rabbits, are you also protecting from deer, maybe with a perimeter fence around the whole property? It is hard to tell how tall that gate is, but it doesn't look high enough to keep out the deer.

  15. user-1020932 12/02/2013

    i'm curious about the hardy red bananas too. i've always treated them as annuals here as opposed to Musa basjoo,,, have i been throwing money away?

  16. wildthyme 12/02/2013

    Jeanne, I love that after 35 years you are still expanding your garden! You've done a wonderful job and I'm sure whatever you're planning next will be equally rewarding.

  17. GrannyCC 12/02/2013

    Beautiful garden. Makes me want to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies. I love the front walkway it draws you in so you want to see the log house at the end of the path.

  18. daisy8 12/02/2013

    Could you please tell us a little more about the pathway you installed (in the first picture) & the hardy banana plants? How do you care for the bananas in the winter & what is your zone? I love the position of the two plants by the gate & the way the pots pick up the red color in the plants. Lovely gardens & great inspiration for those of us who wish to continue gardening and adding to our gardens as we age. Do you have problems with deer & do you provide supplemental watering for certain areas in the heat of the summer?

  19. PamWittenberg 12/02/2013

    These pictures remind me of pics from Butchart gardens with the different textures, heights, colors, etc...I especially love the walkway...

  20. SherylSherman 12/02/2013

    LOVE this place - I was also wondering about the deer! And how you keep up with everything! How nice to be in such a wonderful place for 35 years! Looking forward to seeing next year's photos!

  21. SherylSherman 12/02/2013

    I didn't see the flamingos either, will have to take a 2nd look!

  22. jagardener 12/02/2013

    Jeanne- A garden is a thing of beauty and a 'job' forever.

  23. greengenes 12/02/2013

    Hi! I would love to answer any questions..To start with, yes, we have deer this year for the first time. They have managed to much on a couple of plants but we have a wonderful dog named Jack who keeps them away.The rabbits can become a real challenge too. This is the first year for the red hardy bananas. Iam leaving them in the pots and putting them in our greenhouse that is unheated so we will see what happens. I do have a green variety in the ground and it comes back every spring! Our zone is 5 - 7ish...Some winters are mild and others are hard. Well about watering.. its all done by hand. Its a labor of love. But certain areas when it is really hot I will use a little sprinkler. The pathway in pic one was done by my husband and he used one of those paver forms. He ended up rounding the edges to make it look more natural. I do all the weeding and edging. We have 2 food gardens and other areas of trees and beds which I will send in next summer when the lilies and roses and other plants start blooming. This is a 24-7 fun job. And yes, it is so hard to come in at evening time! Love it so much! Thanks for all the kind comments! I do want to inspire and encourage others. Its so rewarding to grow, inside and outside!

  24. GrannyMay 12/03/2013

    Jeanne I'd love to hear how the bananas overwinter in your greenhouse. I am just north of you in southern BC. Our winters have been getting milder, so it is hard to decide what to risk. Last year we hardly had any snow, and I had to cut back the roses and pick off the leaves in January, because the whitefly were on them in huge numbers, even then.

  25. Meelianthus 12/03/2013

    Jeanne, I certainly commend you for 35 years of gardening and your grounds show all of your hard and dedicated work - and a real labor of love. I would love to see your place. We are almost neighbors! I am the 'Skyler Garden' on Bainbridge and have been gardening about as long as you. It is such a joy. You have done a beautiful job throughout your property, it looks like a real masterpiece, a true PNW garden. Thanks for a peek.

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