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May 2, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
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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May 2, 2017 12:54 PM 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
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
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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May 2, 2017 1:09 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Love the old gate! It add a lot of charm to your garden.
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May 2, 2017 1:28 PM 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
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.
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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May 2, 2017 1:32 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
I too love your gardens. Really nice.
"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 2, 2017 1:33 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox
Greenhouse Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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!
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
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May 2, 2017 2:02 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Beautiful irises and garden! What's not to love.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 2, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Jan,

Beautiful gardens. A lot to care of, though! I love Cool Charlotte and Australian Rose.
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May 2, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
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!
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May 2, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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!
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May 2, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I agree Your garden is beautiful Jan and I love the gate.
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May 3, 2017 11:45 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
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


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May 3, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Jan, Hurray! Beautiful flowers. Love Prague.
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May 3, 2017 2:06 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
I agree about Prague, Andrea. I do love those velvety colors.
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May 3, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
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!
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May 3, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
Using a digital camera isn't so hard, Andrea Rolling my eyes.
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May 3, 2017 5:47 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
Celtic Dancer
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Are you sure this isn't Peking Dancer? Smiling

I know you got it from me.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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May 3, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
Oh it's possible,
Tom -The elves have been working overtime in my garden. Grumbling I'll check!
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May 3, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
Actually, it looks like Celtic Dancer. Those Dancers must belong to the same union!

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May 3, 2017 6:38 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
I think you're right, the style arms on Peking Dancer have some color to them. Smiling Sure do look alike though.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"

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