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Re: RE: Re: AIS Symposium

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Sorry to hear about your son.  We will go ahead and cancel the order, and
maybe next year!

Thanks anyway

----- Original Message -----
From: Donald Eaves <donald@eastland.net>
To: <iris-talk@egroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 5:38 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] RE: Re: AIS Symposium

> Hello Folks,
> Gerry writes, but I'm not sure if this is his thought or an AIS thought.
> >
> >One of the purposes of AIS is to try to improve the quality of iris that
> >get out into circulation. Symposium rankings are used by some to choose
> >iris to buy.
> I have trouble with this.  Maybe just because of where I grow irises, but
> just what is meant by quality?  I do grow and have bought using the
> Symposium results as a guideline.  Frankly it hasn't worked.  Some of
> my better performing irises didn't come from the list.  Some appearing
> on the list have been poor performers.  Unfortunately they have been
> consistant poor performers.  I like some well enough to keep fooling
> with them, others I have and will find new homes for.  If it is only bloom
> quality or showbench quality, then the Symposium would be useless
> as a guideline for garden growing.  As I scan down the list available for
> making my mark, there really aren't too many I think deserve a vote,
> even some I liked pretty well for the bloom appearance.  As a list of
> favorites I have no problem with the list since any given iris could be a
> favorite for many reasons.  As a guideline for purchasing irises, I'm
> afraid I'm a skeptic here.  As a guideline for denoting quality, I'm even
> more skeptical.
> I'm too suspicious perhaps, but I think even irises
> might be subject to the whims of fashion.  Hot for the moment and
> then something new.  For the garden, I'd like something that could
> stand the test of time.  I want new things, of course, but I wouldn't
> be too likely to leave out a couple of the historics I grow which seemed
> to me to be superior to some newer ones.  They just simply had a
> good mix of balance and growth and bloom.  They looked right.
> Qualities that work as garden plants.
> I do like the idea of an open symposium among the different iris types.
> Variety really does spice up plantings.  I'm not much for cookie cutter
> patterns repeated endlessly in different colors.  I would be very
> surprised if only TBs appeared on an open symposium if the data
> is collected from AIS members.  Too many folks interested in irises
> over too broad a spectrum.  I have no thoughts whatsoever on making
> such a symposium manageable.
> Donald Eaves
> donald@eastland.net
> Texas Zone 7, USA....HOT, HOTTER AND HOTTER here and no rain.

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