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Re: RE: Re: SHOW: Advance Prep

Will -- Actually, you may remove spent blossoms from a seedling as long as it is done in such a way that the judges can tell there was a blossom there. This enhances the looks of the stalk while satisfying the need of the judges to evaluate bud count. -- Griff

----- Original Message ----- From: <willwarner@alltel.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [iris] 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

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
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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