In a message dated 8/31/2005 3:50:39 P.M. Central Standard Time,
<<I do have perhaps half of the top 100 and the vast majority of the top 20,
but I always wondered about some even in the top 20 that looked pretty darn
plain, at least in my garden, compared to the rest.>>
We're allowed to vote for 25. I usually mark under 20 when I go through the
list. I've been raising modern irises for 20 years. Had about 600 in
Alvaton and have since grown another 300-500. Quit counting.
I've grown most of the ones on the list. Many or most have bloomed. But I
don't vote for them unless they 'perform' in my garden. There are many
beautiful irises that bloom in my garden every year, but most don't perform.
Many of my irises fit the 'pretty face' category. Wish I could vote for
them but I just can't! As an example, I have XYZ. (hope there's not an iris
with that name?!) XYZ is a beautiful iris and it blooms each and every spring.
It usually has 1 perfect stalk. Show bench quality but good in the garden.
Flawless. But I would NEVER vote for it on the symposium.
I've had XYZ for 5 or 6 years. And each spring I get the 1 bloom stalk.
Each summer it increases just enough to stay alive. After all this time I have
less than 1 fan per year. AND it still only blooms 1 stalk per year. (XYZ
is NOT it's real name . . .) I will not vote for it.
Then there is ZYX (think they're related) . This one has three or four
stalks each year, but they never grow more than a couple of inches out of the
So long as there ARE irises that perform to required standards in my garden,
I can't vote for those that do not. Some that perform reliably? Skating
Party, Song of Norway, Strictly Ballroom, & Kevin's Theme. There are others.
Many of my good irises are no longer on the ballot. Once upon a time we
could write those in, but no more.
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6
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