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RE: OT-BIO:Michael Gullo

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>

Hi Michael,

Welcome to the list.  What rebloomers are you working with?

I imagine that you are a founding member of the Rochester Society.  Maybe
I'll see you at one of the WNYIS's events.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> From: Gullo <tgf@frontiernet.net>
> Hello everyone,
>       I have been following this list for about a month and I have found
> the conversations to be very engaging a nice mix of helpful,informative
> discussions with just the right touch of comedic twist.  I have also
> appreciated the scope of the iris related topics.  I might have been
> content to simply enjoy reading the many postings to the list, but all
> to often I found myself wanting to get involved in this topic or that.
> So here is my introductory message.
>       My name is Michael Gullo and I have been gardening for quite a few
> years.  I started quite early thanks to my mother.  I have always had an
> iris presence in my gardens and have been quite fond of them for some
> time.  My interest in irises blossomed as it were for two reasons-first
> as a result of some beautiful pink TBs which were a gift from my sister
> (I believe it to be Pink Horizon) -and second because of a chance
> encounter with Dana Borglum.  As I've mentioned I had an appreciation
> for irises, but I was frustrated by the limited selection at local
> nurseries- little did I know just how limited their selection was.  That
> is where Dana came in for it was at his beautiful gardens that I came to
> see just what variety there exists in irises.  Well that was 11 years
> ago and many irises ago.
>       For about the last 10 years I've been hybridizing irises (again
> thanks to Dana) focusing on rebloom with many other side projects.  I
> should mention that I'm just east of Rochester, New York in the town of
> West Walworth officially zone 6 but I suspect on the border of Zones5
> and 6.  I've heard from many that this is a somewhat difficult area for
> rebloom and this year in particular what with our mild-moderate drought
> this summer.  Still some managed to make a show this fall and I keep
> trying.
> Michael Gullo
> > 

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