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Hello from Oklahoma

Hello to all,

Let me introduce myself since this is my first posting to the list.

I started growing iris six years ago and found it to be a new and very
interesting hobby.  Quite by chance, I found out there was a hybridizer
here in Oklahoma City and thought it would be interesting to visit his
little garden.  Paul Black's Mid America Garden was not the little
backyard that I expected.  There must have been 20,000 stalks of iris
close to peak bloom greeting my eyes.  I'm sure that was the day the
iris bug bit me.  I joined the Sooner State Iris Society and the AIS.

Now, I'm the president of the SSIS (250 members) and grow about 300
varieties of mostly bearded irises, although the Lousiana beds keep
getting bigger thanks to Perry Dyer.  There are about 300 seedlings from
some test crosses out back that should bloom this year.  Mostly
bushy-beard tests like Barry Blythe intros and Codicil, and some
arilbred tests.

I subscribed to the list in August and have enjoyed it ever since.  I
have found that iris-lovers, locally and now worldwide, to be the nicest
people I could hope to call friends.  

Greer Holland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Zone 6/7, where the wavin' wheat REALLY
DOES smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain.

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