Wow! What a weekend. There was over 200
people who attended the Joint regional spring trek this weekend. It just
happened to coincide with the first ever Porterville Iris Festival put on by the
City of Porterville. We set a one day garden visitor record on Sat., the
sad thing is I don't know the exact number because we couldn't count everybody
but it was welllllllll over 1500 people all excited about iris.
Unfortunately I was so busy I didn't get a chance to meet or spend a lot of time
with any of the iris talkers. My apologies to all of you I didn't meet and
to those I did but didn't get to spend a lot of time with. The regional
was great, baring all the hotel glitches and the low bloom amount. Of
course this morning after two days of 90+ weather the entire guest iris bed is
in bloom. As soon as I have the entire list of the winners I will post
it. I do know that Keith Keppel's LOVELY DAWN won two awards and that a
Virginia Messick seedling won the best seedling award. OMAR'S GOLD by Carl
Boswell won something too, I just can't remember. It looked great here and
I heard it looked very nice at the other gardens also. That's it for now,
got to go hybridize before it gets too hot. A quick note, I spent a little
time with Ray Schreiner (what a wealth of knowledge!) and he mentioned that they
have some...... space age seedlings! They have been reselected! I am
getting chills! Ray was the guest speaker and showed some seedling slides
and wow they have got some TDF seedlings coming down the pike.
Mike - tired but excited in Porterville, CA peak TB
bloom next weekend.