I'd like to share our iris promotion that we did last
A popular rural event in Aust is the field day. Each
state will have 1-3 a year in various areas. Last week we went to one in
Lucindale in the south-eastern area of South Australia. This is a big sheep,
cattle and wine growing area.
Basically a Field Day is not a cattle exhibition or
showground, No rides, no show competitions. It is a big rural expo of
just about anything a rural person might want to buy or know about. Tractors,
Headers and Harvesting Equipment, Solar Pumps, Cattle Crush, Cars and Trucks,
Boots, Clothing, Plants, Regional Foods, Health Aids, Community Services and
much, much more.
We attend to sell irises and daylilies and despite the severe
drought didn't do too badly. The Lucindale one is the only field days we attend
which has a kid's trail, where children are given a map with certain sites
marked. They then go over the whole field days (about 20 acres) visiting these
sites and getting a free gift at each of these sites (usually about 16-20
places) We gave each child a median iris (surplus stock) and in total gave away
about 500 plants. Last year we gave spuria irises, but unfortunately the area
had it's driest spring ever, so not all the spuria made it. We hope the beardeds
do better and certainly the long term weather forecast is much better this
I've attached some photos of the field days.
Hope your season is warming up nicely, looks like the
drought is finally starting to break a bit down here.
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