My stuff still isn't getting through on iris-talk, so I'm transferring a
couple of them here, starting with this one. -- Griff
----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Griffin Crump" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2007 10:13 AM
Subject: Re: [iris]CULT:Wipe Out!
> Weather losses are hard to bear, but there are even worse things. At the
> garden plots which David Stoll, president of our Chesapeake and Potomac
> Iris Society, and I lease, vandals wrecked about half of the gardens last
> month. Fences were smashed, metal gates bent double, bales of peat moss
> and other garden material slit open and strewn about, and various pieces
> of equipment destroyed. David's carefully grid-planted first-year
> seedling beds were stomped and the markers scattered. All of his 3-gallon
> pots of seeds planted last fall were dumped and smashed, wiping out a
> year's hybridizing. I was lucky. My plots were in the half of the gardens
> that they didn't reach, for whatever reason. One wonders what possesses
> anyone to engage in such mindless destruction. I marveled at David's
> equanimity as we looked at the scene several days after it was first
> discovered. "Well," he said, "I've had a week to cool down." When a
> similar thing happened to me many years ago, I gave up hybridizing for 10
> years. David was rebuilding that afternoon. More power to him. --
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <DWiris@aol.com>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 11:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [iris]CULT:Wipe Out!
>>I hope the irises in Nebraska have not been damaged. We have a lot of
>> plants there that we hope will be seen. We also have guest plants at
>> Oklahoma City.
>> Here, in northern Ohio, no irises are yet in bloom, just buds in the
>> dwarfs. Hopefully they will be OK in spite of four nights in the
>> About a foot of snow has accumulated over the four days. What a scene for
>> I really feel sorry for all of you who had their bloom ruined. It is
>> especially hard for hybridizers to lose a whole year in their programs.
>> Dorothy Willott
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