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Jul 8, 2014 2:23 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
My orders are arriving almost daily, but I have to say that the rhizomes that
came today from Napa Iris Gardens just blew me away. They are so robust and bigger than any others I've received yet. The bonus iris, Boundless, looks good too.
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Jul 8, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was happy with mine, also! very healthy looking plants!...Arlyn
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Jul 8, 2014 2:41 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Yay! Hurray!

I just looked at your website and "wow" your pottery is beautiful. Thumbs up
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Jul 8, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Isn't it all gorgeous?! I could spend an hour just gazing at one photo. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Jul 8, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Please share the link for the website!! Smiling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 8, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jul 8, 2014 8:02 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
and Jan's website is www.waxbing.com
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Jul 8, 2014 9:15 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks Rob and Debra!
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Jul 9, 2014 1:23 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
I would agree with the quality of rhizomes from Napa..

Jan, your work is beautiful.. have I seen some of it before?.. either in a gallery here in Santa Cruz, or maybe Carmel??
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Jul 9, 2014 3:29 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
We have such talented -- and famous -- people on here!!! Thumbs up
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 9, 2014 5:38 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I just read a comment by Chuck Chapman on another site as follows:

"New study released yesterday from U of Guelph confirming relationship of the systemics in neonicotinoid class (includes active ingredient in Bayers and most commercial systemics) with bee colony collapse. Currently regulations under review by Canada federal government. Ontario government has legislation posing new restrictions currently in parliament, made headlines in yesterdays newspaper."
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 9, 2014 6:14 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
Jan, wonderful work! I like some of the ones with a little whimsey especially.
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Jul 9, 2014 8:26 AM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Bonnie, that study is a confirmation of another one I read about last year. Very damaging stuff to use with devastating results. Remember DuPont's motto "Better living through chemistry" that should be changed to "Shorter living through chemistry since honeybees provide a majority of out pollination of food"?
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Jul 9, 2014 9:04 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Is there a list somewhere of all brands and chemicals that are killing the honeybees? Or is it just chemicals altogether? If homeowners stop using these chemicals will it make an impact on what is occurring to the bees or are crop growers using these chemicals also?
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 9, 2014 9:38 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's good that we are discussing the effects of chemicals on honeybees. Gardeners are some of the first to see the effects of commercial pesticides and herbicides on wildlife. We can find better ways.

Thanks to all for the kind comments on our work. Smiling :

eta: I haven't found a list per se, but there are many articles to be found on bees and pesticides/herbicides on Google.
We stopped using all pesticides and herbicides many years ago. People used to say that Roundup was safe. We didn't believe
that it was and we didn't use it. Now studies are questioning its safety. Our valley has been agricultural for centuries. Used to be apples and pears - now it's grapes for wine. Some of the vineyard owners have been receptive to a small but vocal group that have protested the use of the dangerous stuff. A typical procedure when land was prepared for vineyards was to cover it with black plastic (we're talking acres of land) and pump methyl bromide under the plastic. This killed everything for nearly a foot down. Earthworms and beneficial organisms included. That isn't done anymore, thanks to the vocal minority, which is edging toward the majority. I just hope it isn't too late. The earth needs defenders.
The good news is that we have bees everywhere on our land!

An article on the subject:
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013...

Henhouse- We've done the Capitola Arts Festival for years - maybe you saw our work there? (we've cut back on doing this and some other shows, since we're doing eldercare for my 98 yr. old mom.)
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Jul 9, 2014 3:12 PM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Most insecticide use, and consequent damage to the environment, comes from big farma. Then they want us to eat the stuff they grow.
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Jul 9, 2014 3:19 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I do not use any weed killer of any kind. I will only use bug spray when I see a Black Widow that I can't reach to squish.
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Jul 10, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Jan, who have you ordered from? I've only got one of my many orders so far... Sad
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Jul 10, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Sherry - Orders coming from Stout,BlueJ. Pleasant Valley,Schreiner's, Iris Sisters. Just got the one order from Napa.
Oh, and Cynthia's Garden.They're in the ground already.

Next week will be better than this one! Too busy to plant right this moment. Art Fair (ACGA - Clay and Glass show) in Palo Alto this weekend.
Who have you ordered from?
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Jul 10, 2014 6:45 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
Big PHARMA wants us to eat their poison so they can sell us more poisonous PHARMAceuticals. It is very short sighted. Dead people make poor consumers.

There are many insidious products. I have stopped buying any product with corn, soy, canola, sunflower and cottonseed; unless it is non-GMO or organically grown. Even dried beans and wheat are sprayed with RoundUp to dry them for threshing. Potato fields are sprayed with herbicides (phyto-pharmakeia, in Greek) to make the plants die back before the harvesting of the tubers.

Another key word in any ingredients list to avoid, is "fragrance". Fragrance ingredients are protected under Trade Secret laws and contain many hazardous chemicals that do not have to be disclosed. They are not government regulated and are linked to birth defects, cancers and hormone disruption.
Don't make fear based decisions.

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