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May 1, 2017 3:04 AM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
I received an email last week from Nola saying that they were at peak bloom.
Since they are only 15 minutes away we took a trip today to see what was blooming.

If you have never been there, the view is pretty spectacular.
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Things are very similar to last year when the region 14 spring regional was held there. But even with all the rain this year, Nola and Gary are on top of the weeds.

There were still some of the newer iris left from the regional.

Barbaro
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La Troienne
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Core Values
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Unbridled Beauty
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Helen's Melody
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Cozy Cotton
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Waves of Amber
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Double Chocolate
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Caramel 'N Chocolate
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Lemon Jade
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Power Lines
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Downtown Brown
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Skirting the Issue
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One Step Beyond
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Looking Smart
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A few garden shots. Nola's is still a working ranch but it has a rural charm that contrasts with Silicon Valley below.

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Without all the hassles of the regional to worry about, they were able to get the lower garden weeded and whipped into good shape.

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More of the named iris tomorrow (I hope).
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May 1, 2017 3:26 AM 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
Thanks for the tour! Smiling
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May 1, 2017 6:00 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
I agree Hurray!

They sure have a spectacular view!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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May 1, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I agree also. Very good tour! Thumbs up
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May 1, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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May 1, 2017 7:20 AM 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
Soooo envious! nodding

My favorite photograph... Smiling

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It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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May 1, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I love that cat pic too. It looks so intent on something just out of our sight. Looks like a lovely place to spend the day.

Power lines has interesting coloration.
"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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May 1, 2017 8:48 AM 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
I like the composition, too. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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May 1, 2017 11:34 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
Wonderful tour and photos, Carl! I loved Nola's hair. She looks like a hybrid iris herself!
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May 1, 2017 11:46 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thanks for sharing the trip with us! Thumbs up What a view from that deck!
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May 1, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hadn't noticed until your comment Jan! Hilarious!
"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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May 1, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Thank you for sharing, loved your pictures.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 1, 2017 5:00 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
I'm just assuming that she is THE Nola, Leslie. I love to see healthy older women with beautiful streaks in their hair..! Gardening is good for us!
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May 1, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Good pictures, Carl. Thank You!
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May 1, 2017 5:24 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
That is a stunning landscape of irises. Thankyou for the tour. Thank You!
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May 1, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thank you, carl, for thebeautiful shots and tour of nola's. beautiful venue, as well as the acres of iris to ogle.

loved the shot of the cat, too. kitty looks as tho' it has the coloration of a russian blue. but its cute little face looks fuller than the one i knew named,' kermouseky'.( ker-mouse-key).
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May 1, 2017 8:47 PM 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
Thanks Carl! Although they're fairly close, I have not been yet.. I heard they really upped their game last year for the regionals..

I didn't know they were also a ranch.. Do they have cattle?
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May 1, 2017 8:52 PM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
They have horses. Nola was getting ready to feed them as we were leaving. Also chickens, turkeys and assorted other creatures. Lots of cats.
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May 1, 2017 11:34 PM CST
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
Bee Lover Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder
Irises Region: Oregon Organic Gardener
Thank you for the tour, Carl. It's enjoyable to visit vicariously.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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May 2, 2017 7:17 AM 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
coboro said:They have horses. Nola was getting ready to feed them as we were leaving. Also chickens, turkeys and assorted other creatures. Lots of cats.


Sounds like me! Irises, Horses, chickens, ducks, turkeys, dog and lots of cats. Rolling on the floor laughing
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