Re: AIS: Mike's Challenge
In a message dated 2/4/2006 8:55:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< I am one of those who only enter to boost the numbers for the club, but
controversies of any kind (and competition is a sort of one!) are not "my
I'm not mad about that sort of thing, myself, Rosalie. I loathe discord and
bickering and politics. Which does not mean I don't have principles I'll
stand up for, you understand.
I think it is good that you send irises to the show. Public outreach is
where it is at. A lot of people get an enormous amount of pleasure out of shows,
both the visiting public, and, apparently, from what Betty says, also some
exhibitors. At least I guess that is what they are getting out of the process
of showing. I find it inconceivable that they would not grow irises if they
did not show irises, but she says that is what they said on her survey. Wonder
if they grow anything else? How little we all know about each other, really,
when clearly different things energize different irisarians.
<< I enjoy my garden...Unfortunately I can no longer do much of the work
anymore, and I used to acturally enjoy weeding because it also included close
observation of how things were growing! But, c'est le vie.>>
Containers, Rosalie. Get some real big pots going with stuff this spring.
You can grow little salad greens while it is cool and then some bright annuals
and a couple of tomatoes and whatnot and dig around in there sitting in a
chair alongside. I did some big containers when I was recovering from an
appendix that went putrid.
<<Also, I am sure you could grow show irises if you put you your talents to
work as you do everything else you do so well! >>
Maybe, but its my big magnolia, you see, and it is a rather small garden.
Oh, I occasionally get a superb stalk on something or other that I dug up out
of a ditch in the middle of nowhere, something Edinger hasn't put a name to,
or I'll have a great stalk on one of the species that won't transport worth
snuff, but it is not something one can count on. I've gotten pretty mellow
about the limitations of my garden. My own limitations exasperate me
continuously, of course.
Thanks for your nice words.
Richmond VA USA
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