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Re: RE: Re: SHOW: Advance Prep

Hello Char, I've used a couple different methods.  The basic one that I used 
was very simple, basic show vases in a milk crate seperated  by rolled up 
newspaper.  It's pretty crude, but if put together firmly, it's not too bad.  A 
better type is a small bucket, filled halfway with sand and water just above 
the sand.  It works really good to keep them from tipping over, and you can 
direct the stalks.  Put the bucket in the vehicle first, then stick the stalks, that 
way you don't have to get the whole thing through the door of the vehicle (if 
you have a car it's worse).  I drive a taurus and the back seat doesn't have 
much room, I put the bucket in the floor and have the stalks pointing towards 
the back window.
I can get much taller stalks in this way.  When the container is in the back 
seat they can't be very tall, and the seat isn't level.   
This year our local club is having an early show.  I'm excited to be able to 
show SDB's and IB's.  I'm always nervious of the weather around showtime, 
I've cut them early and kept them in the fridge to avoid a hailstorm.  I think 
the best thing at the show is seing the variation of blooms, all being iris with 
the differences of size, substance, form and color.  This year I plan to show 
some seedlings for the first time.  Something important with that is not to 
remove spent flowers on seedlings, the judge counts the buds.  Looking 
forward to this year and wondering how stuff is going to do with the drought 
and weird winter we've had here.
Will Warner

> From: "Char Holte" <cholte@wi.rr.com>
> Date: 2006/02/08 Wed PM 04:09:05 CST
> To: <iris@hort.net>
> Subject: RE: [iris] Re: SHOW: Advance Prep
> Hi,
> How do you transport your Iris to the show.  What
> kind of containers?
> Char New Berlin WI 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-iris@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On Behalf Of
> Ranchiris@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:13 AM
> To: iris@hort.net
> Subject: [iris] Re: SHOW: Advance Prep
> Griff's suggestion is a very good one, regarding
> filling out the tags in advance.  It is very
> helpful if the sponsoring club will pass out tags
> & schedules in advance of the show.  Our Tucson
> club does so & I  take full advantage. 
>  I start cutting stalks several days in advance &
> put a  paper label on each stalk with the name of
> the cultivar, then I fill out  the entry tag
> completely.  It also helps to do some of the
> grooming  ahead, like any leaf trimming needed.
> The morning of show - after the major stress,
> which is just getting  the irises there undamaged
> - I just have to get them into the containers,
> give them a last once-over & attach the
> corresponding tag.  I always  have a few I've cut
> that just don't end up making it to the table, so
> I have a  few wasted tags - but not many,
> It's very important to remember to remove the
> paper label - something  I have occasionally
> missed doing in the rush to get them all in!  VERY
> tacky to exhibit an iris with a paper label
> hanging off of a branch!!  <grin>
> I love irises & I love shows - all aspects of
> shows.  I love  exhibiting, judging and just
> seeing shows.  Watching people ooh and aah  &
> answering questions is very satisfying.  Signing
> up a new  member and possibly addicting someone
> else with the "iris virus" is  exciting. 
>  My favorite part of our shows??? At tear down, I
> save a few my best  winners to take home & then
> start giving away iris stalks to  passersby.  Most
> of them can't believe they're free & the kids
> carry them off like some kind of treasure.
> Kathy Chilton
> Tucson, AZ
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