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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
May 2, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Hello. We live in a clearing in a redwood forest in northern California. This early May morning morning is cool and sunny - promising a beautiful day. I wish you could hear the birdsong. It's mating and nesting season and the calls are both beautiful and raucous!
Nature is constantly encroaching on the part of our land that is tamed. We use no herbicides or pesticides - growing organically - loving this land too much to poison it. So it always looks a bit shaggy! But we do what we can.

Here's a little tour of part of the seven gardens. This is the path from the back fenced gardens;

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and up around to the main bed:

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A few of the many iris blooming this morning include:

Volcanic Glow (probably blooming too soon for the iris show in 4 days!)



Louisa's Song


Ambertime


Cool Charlotte
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Daring Deception and Australian Rose
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Thanks for visiting! More later...


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Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 2, 2017 12:54 PM CST
Garden pictures and irises too!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Cool Charlotte just keeps popping up and demanding to be put on my want list! Blinking Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 2, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Love the old gate! It add a lot of charm to your garden.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 2, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Hurray! Jan! gorgeous gardens and a wonderful philosophy. If we live in nature, we must share with nature. I am with Rob about the rustic gate. It is individual and lends a feeling of 'home' to your garden. Lovely gardens.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 2, 2017 1:32 PM CST
I too love your gardens. Really nice.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 2, 2017 1:33 PM CST
I love your gardens, and especially that gate, Jan! I sort of know your area since we visit Ft Bragg and Mendocino every few years. It's really a nice area!
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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 2, 2017 2:02 PM CST
Beautiful irises and garden! What's not to love.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 2, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Jan,

Beautiful gardens. A lot to care of, though! I love Cool Charlotte and Australian Rose.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 2, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Thanks everyone! And thanks for the comments about the old gate. Chris made it from downed tree lumber,
using his chainsaw to carve out the notches. It's about 25 years old now. - so it's old!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 2, 2017 2:49 PM CST
That's beautiful Jan! Thanks for the tour. More please! I do hope that Volcanic Glow holds back a couple of blooms for your show!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 2, 2017 5:29 PM CST
I agree Your garden is beautiful Jan and I love the gate.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 3, 2017 11:45 AM CST
Thanks!
This heat (89 predicted today) is making everything pop. Here's a few of the many:
Prague

Australian Rose

Prince of Hearts

Celtic Dancer
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Rustler
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Western Sage




Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
May 3, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Jan, Hurray! Beautiful flowers. Love Prague.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 3, 2017 2:06 PM CST
I agree about Prague, Andrea. I do love those velvety colors.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
May 3, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Me too. I go to them like a moth to a flame. My whole garden would be
full of them if DH didn't restrain me. Taking pictures gives him a certain
amount of veto power!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 3, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Using a digital camera isn't so hard, Andrea Rolling my eyes.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 3, 2017 5:47 PM CST
Celtic Dancer
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Are you sure this isn't Peking Dancer? Smiling

I know you got it from me.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
May 3, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Oh it's possible,
Tom -The elves have been working overtime in my garden. Grumbling I'll check!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
May 3, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Actually, it looks like Celtic Dancer. Those Dancers must belong to the same union!

Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 3, 2017 6:38 PM CST
I think you're right, the style arms on Peking Dancer have some color to them. Smiling Sure do look alike though.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

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