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From: RYFigge@aol.com

Hi, guess you have found out that the CHECKLIST  for RIS has both zones and 
states - and country(!) listed for rebloom of any iris that has ever 
rebloomed, whether "supposed" to rebloom or not!  Supposedly that is to help 
anyone doing hybridizing can choose that iris for a parent even though it has 
not the supposed genes to actually produce future rebloomers - they might 
"discover" something (!?) -- but just to have it in your garden and hope for 
a rebloom  is a poor reason for buying it unless you like to experiment and 
"buyiing a pig in a poke".

Before I'm accused of opening a "can of worms" --- there is a better, more 
clearly written article in THE REBLOOMER  RECORDER (Vol 53: 17, Spring 
\1999) by Mike Lowe.  IF you don't possess this copy of the RECORDER 
[I shudder to think that you are  deprived of possessing such a beautiful, 
different, outstanding, etc., etc. publication with actually a reblooming 
Louisiana on the cover in COLOR (courtesy  of Bill Smoot, the acknowledgement 
of his expertise was unfortunately omitted).   If you do not have a copy, I'm 
sure one can be obtained from Charlie Brown for a small sum!]    (Hope you 
have a sense of humor for the above!)

Mike's article states one side of the problem very clearly.  I have tried to 
bungle through with an explanation of the other side of the question when I 
presented his view to some hybridizers, who in turn loudly protested against 
omitting these once-rebloomers.  

I suggested that perhaps they could be printed in a separate section.  Again 
the howls of protest overwhelmed me.  They did not want to have to look 
through two lists (Guess they were worn out with checking through the annual 
R&Is for whatever information they needed).

SO-o-o- the burden rests with the buyer beware - a caveat emptor sort of 
thing.  That means we have come to a full circle - and, therefore, you really 
need the REBLOOMING CHECKLST (again to be ordered from Charlie Brown), so you 
can use your eagle eye  to find the irises you need for whatever purpose!  
AND let me add again, we are fast approaching our own deadline where the dues 
will go up with the new year (again join thru Charlie Brown).

Have I clarified the issue or  confused everyone?  Or have I just made you 
more aware , which is what this is all about!   Anyhow, the main idea is to 
enjoy this beautiful flower, which is even more beautiful when it reblooms -- 
and to learn from each other as to where and how it does rebloom!    Rosalie 
nr Baltimore     zone 7 which is as confusing as the above!  After freezing 
our toenails yesterday we are going to pant in the heat tomorrow!  Maybe 
there is hope for my last iris of the year!   ryfigge@aol.com

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