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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 14, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Since the fires keep burning, and keep getting worse, my thoughts have been on how our California ATPers are faring. I certainly hope that disaster avoids each and every one of you!!

Please let us all know you how you are doing.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
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janwax
Sep 14, 2015 9:39 AM CST
I'm o.k., Leslie, thanks for asking. One of my daughters lives in Lake County, however,
and she's ready to evacuate if the fires reach her area in Kelseyville. It's been terrible
in the Middletown area - the town is basically gone.
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 14, 2015 9:41 AM CST
That is so scary. Sending prayers for everyone in the area.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Sep 14, 2015 10:06 AM CST
It is scary. There was a big fire 2 or 3/months ago in big bear which is near.me. it came over the mountain and.had some.mandatory evacuations locally just a few.minutes away from my house. Very scary.
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
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grannysgarden
Sep 14, 2015 11:55 AM CST
I add my wishes that everyone escaped the heat, fire, ash and smoke. I sure hope it rains soon in CA! Better safe than a memory so be cautious everyone. Fire can take on a life of its own and do strange things.
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?
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Sep 14, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Praying for the safety of everyone.
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
Region: Idaho Lilies Irises
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cbelt1
Sep 14, 2015 6:34 PM CST
grannysgarden said:I add my wishes that everyone escaped the heat, fire, ash and smoke. I sure hope it rains soon in CA! Better safe than a memory so be cautious everyone. Fire can take on a life of its own and do strange things.

I add my wishes for safety to Bonnie's. We got smoke and ash from a Washington fire a couple of years ago but have never been close to a fire like that . . . unless you count the one the neighbor kid in Tehachapi, Ca started that burned most of his parents' acre and cost a bunch when the fire department presented them with the bill.
Cleta
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Sep 14, 2015 7:24 PM CST
It is very moist today in the Santa Cruz area.. Lots of drippy fog. Hallelujah! Hopefully this weather is slowing the fires. The pictures of the Valley Fire near North of Napa are horrific. Our resources are stretched so thin with so many fires in the state. I salute all the brave firefighters who are risking their lives to save others..
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 14, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Well said Sherry, and all of you. I saw Rob on the PNW thread so we know all must be okay in his area too. How about Sue? How are you doing?
On a side note, will all the smoke from this summer have an effect on all the California products, from wine to cheese to vegetables? And I mean more in flavor thn ruined crops. Can't believe how this summer's fires couldn't have a taste impact.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Sep 14, 2015 9:21 PM CST
Wine grapes absorb a smoky taste sometimes. Fortunately, most of the grapes have been harvested, I think.
We're getting little "teasers" of rain. Five minutes at most of showers, 3 times ! I'm ready for the real thing!
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Sep 15, 2015 12:07 AM CST
Yep the rain was all North of us... Glad you got some Jan, and Suzanne too, I presume. We just got enough drippiness for the lawn to get wet so that the dog could run across it before he ran in the dirt after a squirrel. Glare

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Sep 15, 2015 1:14 AM CST
We got enough sprinkles just to get the cement wet . I don't think it did much good for the plants other than the humidity. The Oroville Fire is about an hour south of us. My brother lives in Paradise which is close to Oroville. Yesterday there was another smaller fire about a half hour south of where I live. I think that fire is out.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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
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grannysgarden
Sep 15, 2015 5:24 AM CST
High humidity does help. The heat around a fire burns it off almost instantly but it does seem to take some of the fiend out of the flames. I hope the drips continue until it rains.
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?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Sep 15, 2015 7:17 AM CST
And now flash flooding in Utah ! Group hug
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 15, 2015 7:43 AM CST
Can't catch a break out west! Be safe!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Sep 16, 2015 12:04 AM CST
This morning the radio guy said we got a trace of rain yesterday. Cloudy today but no rain, tomorrow the chance of rain is better. I sure you we get the rain!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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
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grannysgarden
Sep 16, 2015 4:47 AM CST
I hope you do too!
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?
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Sep 16, 2015 5:22 AM CST
We got some rain finally. nothing major, but it was still rain. The temps dropped to the high 60's for the temps most of the day.
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
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grannysgarden
Sep 16, 2015 7:58 AM CST
That is great, Richard! Any rain is welcome. And those temps make me green with envy. we will be in high 80's warming up to mid 90's by the weekend. I hope CA get a nice general rainfall and I hope it puts out all the wildfires.
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?
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 16, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Anything to help stop the fires would be a blessing!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black

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