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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
I want them all!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Oklahoma
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enidcandles
Dec 20, 2015 12:38 PM CST
I am not knocking the other products. I have had Fiskars that were great. I buy a lot of garden tools with a 6 year old here and a 5 year old next door. I don't know what they do with them either. No one ever runs over them with the lawn mower...they just vanish!
Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Composter Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plays in the sandbox
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yadah_tyger
Dec 20, 2015 1:43 PM CST
I have a Husqvarna lawn mower, 8.75 horse. Nothing stops it. Can't wait till Spring to see if it can't nail one of those moles!! SSSCCHHHHHKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! Splash one!!
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Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Canning and food preservation Plays in the sandbox Lilies Hummingbirder
Irises Daylilies Cut Flowers Butterflies Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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HoosierHarvester
Dec 20, 2015 8:52 PM CST
Don't mean to get off topic; but the moles were extremely bad here this year!!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Dec 21, 2015 1:40 AM CST
They're bad every year here it seems.. I've been mulching heavily because of the drought, and they just love tunneling just under it.. I had at least a few iris that weren't doing as well as I thought they should have and found tunnels all around the roots. I wish the bobcat that comes around here preferred the taste of moles, gophers and the rats that like to make a nest in my engine compartment than my chickens. Just sayin' Glare
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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
Dec 21, 2015 8:21 AM CST
The moles were terrible here too -- still are because our ground has not yet frozen. I guess there was a bumper crop............ Sad Sad Sad
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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
Dec 21, 2015 8:40 AM CST
The voles are really bad here too but the cats are bringing them up for me and laying them at the front door.

enidcandles said:.......I buy a lot of garden tools with a 6 year old here and a 5 year old next door. I don't know what they do with them either. No one ever runs over them with the lawn mower...they just vanish!


Lori, perhaps your tools go to where all my socks go. ??? I put them in the wash as a pair and come out of the dryer as a single. As long as I have been losing socks there must be a HUGE pile of them somewhere.
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: 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
Dec 21, 2015 8:44 AM CST
Socks are tricky business. I have stacks of singles in my yard-clothes closet -- waiting for the partners to show up. I'm an optimist!!! Green Grin!
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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
Dec 21, 2015 1:20 PM CST
With my shoulder problems, I'm always on the lookout for stretchy soft socks. Easier to put on!

It's been pouring here for the past couple of days, and more to come. We wanted it! Can't complain.
Life is a Gift !
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Dec 21, 2015 1:56 PM CST
Not pouring here, we got about 1/3 of an inch in the last 24 hours. I'm not complaining, I'll gladly accept what ever we can get. I'll save the complaining for when El Niño hits.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Dec 21, 2015 2:18 PM CST
I think we got about an inch since yesterday morning. Hurray!
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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
Dec 21, 2015 4:01 PM CST
And we're coming up on 2 inches from this latest storm - and still raining hard!
Life is a Gift !
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
Dec 21, 2015 4:52 PM CST
I bought a set of socks listed as good for diabetics (not too tight). first time they were washed, the tops were impossible to put on. I now like 'Buster Brown' socks. I wear short white ones so match pretty well. I even wear them when I cut back Siberian foliage in the fall.
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
Dec 21, 2015 5:46 PM CST
There's so much rain coming down today that my husband was afraid he wasn't
going to make it home from a grocery run - downtown. Predictions are now at 4-6 inches
within the next day or two. Hoping the rest of the CA iris-lovers get a good dose of rain too!
Life is a Gift !
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Dec 21, 2015 9:35 PM CST
We got about another 2.5 inches of rain so far, and it's still raining Hurray!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
Dec 21, 2015 10:22 PM CST
It is about time for all of you.
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
Dec 22, 2015 9:28 AM CST
For sure -- glad to hear it!! Now we hope for *not TOO much*!! Whistling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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
Dec 23, 2015 5:28 PM CST
Muddymitts said:For sure -- glad to hear it!! Now we hope for *not TOO much*!! Whistling


I know! I find myself wishing for a couple of days of sunshine! Rolling my eyes.
(just kidding). Bring it on! More rain!
Life is a Gift !
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
Dec 23, 2015 8:38 PM CST
Human nature to be looking for that sunshine, Jan..................... Smiling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Dec 23, 2015 11:00 PM CST
We've had nice sunny bits down our way between the rain. I walked out by the ocean today, and it was a beautiful winter's day. There was a King tide, and the waves were outstanding. Probably 75 or so surfers out at Steamer Lane. All the hot shots were out.. fun to watch. I was able to get out in the garden for a bit this afternoon and fry a few weeds (so satisfying!) and pull a few dead leaves off some iris. It's nice to get them cleaned up down to those fresh little nubbins coming up.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Polymerous
Dec 24, 2015 12:59 AM CST
No garden time for me today. Among other things, I had to go out and wrestle with the Christmas lighting, which keeps going out (something, probably the rain, triggering the GFI). Hopefully I've got all the susceptible connections secured against the wet now, and the lights will stay up through the next rain (forecast for tomorrow).
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom

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