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Re: AIS:Awards:Symposium

Betty, I've read notes from a few that are strict in way you are about voting for awards, but I'm not sure most voters are as strict about popularity.

Odd to me that write-ins aren't allowed. It would be a useful tool in measuring popularity.

Sanpete County, Utah

Autmirislvr@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 8/31/2005 3:50:39 P.M. Central Standard Time, gschubert@earthlink.net writes:

<<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 fans.
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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