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Re: AIS:Awards:Symposium

It seems to me there was a thread on this a while back, maybe a year or two ago.
It seems that the write-ins (they did try it again to see) were statistically not
significant, and none garnered enough votes to make the list. I also seem to
recall that the list that is voted from is made up of the previous years' 100,
plus everything that is on the current years awards ballot, or some such formula.

John Bruce
sw OH zone 5b

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Schubert" <gschubert@earthlink.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [iris]AIS:Awards:Symposium

> Maybe this is a politically incorrect statement, but why can't we write any
> in?  Seems like I remember that capability some time ago.  I have gobs of
> irises that are not top 100, some of which you mention, that I would love
> to vote for, as they are pretty AND perform.  How does a relatively new
> iris, one which indeed does seem to walk on water, make the voting
> list?  There are obviously new varieties on the 100 list every year.  Maybe
> I shouldn't ask, but who gets them on the ballot to be voted upon?
> George
> At 06:05 PM 8/31/2005, you 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
> >Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:
> >_www.thegardensite.com/irises/bridgeintime/_ (http://www.thegardensite.com/i
> >rises/bridgeintime/)
> >_Reblooming Iris - Home Page_ (http://www.rebloomingiris.com/)
> >_iris-photos archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/)
> >_iris-talk archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/)
> >_AIS: American Iris Society website_ (http://www.irises.org/)
> >
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