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Re: AIS: April 04 Bulletin

Hi Bobby and all,

You are not alone.  I too wondered the same thing when I got my April issue
and was looking at all the pictures.  For instance, on page 33 are some
photos, and one of them I know does not look like its picture at all.

TRUE SPIRIT has cherry wine falls, and in the picture they look brown.

On page 34, the picture of Zee is so dark, you can barely see whether or not
it has opened, closed, or overlapping standards.  Cat's Hat coloring seems
surreal to me.

The black and white photos in mine also look dull and faded, especially the
Saint Basil's Cathedral on page 88.

The reds iris in the lower left hand corner on the back cover doesn't seem
real to me either.  It looks brown on my bulletin, and all the beards look
super duper red.

The reason for this is probably the color matching done by the printer.
Unfortunately that happens at times, and why it wasn't caught before
publication is unknown.  The same thing used to happen in the Tall Talk
magazine a few years ago.

I just figured this was a fluke and will probably not happen again, and I
figured I cannot trust any of the irises that I order from these ads will have
the same exact coloring when they bloom, but something very similar.  That is
usually the case anyway since irises that bloom in Phoenix do not have the
same intense coloring as the irises grown up north, due probably to the lack
of micronutrients in our soil and our intense sun, which fades them.

The bulletin was great and I really enjoyed it regardless.

Patrick Orr
Phoenix, AZ
US Zone 9

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Bobby Baxter - Wake Forest, NC
  To: Iris Talk
  Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 12:05 PM
  Subject: [iris] AIS: April 04 Bulletin

  This letter is not a criticism -- it is an inquirery.  Today I received the
  April 2004 Iris Bulletin and immediately noticed a general over exposure of
  the majority of the color images in the Bulletin.  The black and white
  also all looked very dull and faded.  I am wondering if this was just the
  I received, or if others also received their Bulletins with the "off-color"

  The Sutton's ad on the inside back cover appears to be the best color in
  Bulletin.  Many of the greens in the foliage and stocks throughout this
  simply do not look like realistic color to me.

  The black and white in the shopping section of the back of the issue does
  appear to be normal.  But this section does not really have any photographs

  Maybe I have "Monk" syndrome and am simply looking too close at things.  I
  have also been reading the American Orchid Society monthly magazine the
  few days and this publication has the absolute most perfect color I have
  seen in a plant society regular publication.

  Anyway....Gretchen and I have been mulching the flower beds so the garden
  looks pristine as it comes into bloom.  The first SDB's are starting to
  and stalks are emerging on the TB's.  I'll be adding a landscape gallery to
  our web site this week to watch the changes throughout the garden this

  We are in the middle of several rainy days right now and it looks like the
  grass turned green overnight with all the rain. We are also not
  any more freezes so we are in full springtime garden work mode right now.
  fact, Gretchen just took the pickup truck to get filled up for the third
  today with mini pine nuggets.  Spreading mulch between rain showers is
  fun as long as it is not too cold because you stay damp.

  Have a great week everyone,


  Bobby Baxter
  Happy Moose Gardens

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