I was intrigued by the Spuria pictures and decided to try raising some. I
have another story to tell about people who became interested in our local
Iris Society because they saw some pictures.
I ordered the videos from Bobby Baxter which he took at the 2003 Iris convention.
I shared the videos with our club president who is a very busy woman. She
is an iris judge, volunteer at FHC and an officer at the Senior Center in
her town as well as being very active in our club. We live about 45 miles
apart so she wanted to return the video when she came to a meeting in our
town. She used a bit of time while she was at the Senior Center to view
one of the videos in a vacant room. Another group was meeting at the building
and was viewing a video that was not very interesting to most of them. A
member from that group heard my video being played and stopped to watch it.
They then asked if our president would share it with them as they liked
it better than the one they were watching. She showed part of it and answered
many questions and promoted our rhizome sale as much as possible. I believe
that some of those people will purchase some iris and you all know what happens
in such a situation, Iris Virus and potential new members.
I loaned the other video to our president and she may have another opportunity
to show it to gatherings where there are potential new iris growers. What
an easy way to recruit new members. I hope to offer it to our local garden
club as well. Our FFA youngsters have a plant sale in spring so perhaps
they would like to view the video as well.
I do not want to be the only one in my town with Iris
Virus so I think I will try to spread it with a video.
Meanwhile I am wishing for a Spuria video as well.