Irises forum: A Walk Through Calif. Sue's Garden

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 26, 2015 11:21 AM CST
We were invited to visit Sue's garden while we were in the Sebastopol/ Santa Rosa area.
What can I say - It was inspiring. I hope these photos convey the lushness, the beauty of Sue's garden. "The soil is fertile
here" she said. I believe it. She is the sole gardener, with building help from her husband. She
also told my husband, Chris (seen in the photos with Sue) and I, that she learned to love gardening as a child,
at her mother's side.
I was wishing I'd brought a notebook. She knew the names of all the plants and shared her love of them.
Speaking of sharing, we went home, happily, with a boxful of SDB's that she'd divided.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Apr 26, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Beautiful! Thumbs up
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 26, 2015 12:11 PM CST
Very nice ! Hurray! Sue obviously has more energy than I do !!!
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Apr 26, 2015 12:45 PM CST
It looks very lush. A lot like I imagined it would. Gorgeous!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 26, 2015 1:20 PM CST
Just amazing. Beautifully planted!!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Apr 26, 2015 1:43 PM CST
I love what she's done with found objects...like her satellite dish gazebo!
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UndertheSun
Apr 26, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Even more beautiful than last year Sue!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us Jan. Thumbs up
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 26, 2015 7:50 PM CST
Ditto what Rob said Sue -- it's a treat to see such beautiful gardens, such an imaginative creation. You are so talented. nodding

Please tell me the name of the Iris in front of picture #6................it's wonderful. Lovey dubby
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Apr 26, 2015 9:54 PM CST

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Hi all, and thanks Jan for this nice thread! I was out car shopping all day, came home empty handed for now.

As you can see, lots still to plant, I had black pots and hoses everywhere.

Mary Ann, that's Fruit Strip, it is gorgeous!


I took a few more pictures after Jan and Chris left as we got some cloud cover for good lighting. As you can, I am a collector of all kinds of plants. Green Grin!


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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 26, 2015 11:56 PM CST
Thanks for sharing photos, both of you..
I've got many of the same plants here, but would never dare to try a banana again.. I had the same one in Los Altos, and it was marginal there.. I'm not sure that we get much colder here, but it seems to affect tender plants worse. I was figuring it might have to do with both moisture in the air (more), and less hours of sun being in a canyon.. but I love Sonoma County, and it looks like you found a beautiful spot that has only been enhanced by your skills in the garden.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Apr 27, 2015 12:08 AM CST

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Sherry, I have had that banana in a large pot for 10 years now, I bought it in 2005, here it is in 2007.


The cold takes it down every winter, I have to cut off the mushy leaves but it always comes back. I need to repot it this winter, split the two, maybe try one in the ground.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Apr 27, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Nice photos, Sue! It was such a pleasure to visit your garden.!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Apr 27, 2015 9:07 AM CST

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I started a new thread for my garden in the Garden Photos forum, I will be adding to it more often than my blog. nodding
The thread "Calif. Sue's Garden" in Garden Photos forum
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 29, 2015 10:04 AM CST
fantastic garden
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Apr 29, 2015 12:09 PM CST
Fruit Stripe is very striking! The garden is well loved and tended. Thanks for sharing.

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