I know that many of you "hort" specialists look down on arrangements but
the Artistic part of our shows attracts many viewers. I do enter both
Hort and Artistic. The Hort is so dependent upon timing - a bloom which
opens a day early or a day late can ruin your chances of a ribbon. In
Artistic you have much more control over what happens. There is also a
challenge to following the theme and rules for the arrangement. In Hort
it is growing, grooming, and timing. In Artistic, you are the one who
makes or breaks the result, not wind, rain, breakage trying to get the stalk
into the car, etc.
And yes men do enter artistic and are very good at making
arrangements. They tend to be more bold in their approach to the use of
materials. In our shows the majority of people who enter Artistic also
enter Hort. The real challenge is to try to win Queen of Show in Hort
and Best of Show in Artistic in the same show.
Be brave and try an arrangement sometime. They are often what makes
iris (and other flowers) be grown by people who buy your rhizomes. At
Schreiner's and Cooley's there are wonderful arrangements during their spring
open houses because they know what sells iris. I am attaching a photo of
an arrangement in the showroom of Cooley's at the 2006 National
Convention. You can see why it triggers orders to show iris this
Jan in Chatsworth
Like Ruth's love, i have two that crawl when
Starship and Zurich.
I had not thought it was an asset for flower
Maybe there is a market there!
I almost got rid of Starship last year, except
one, and was about to do the same with Zurich, but you've open my eyes
Maybe there are more irises like that, since
i'm into breeding with RE, i would like to know the ones that crawl
when thy rebloom!
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