RE: SHOW: Advance Prep
Similar to Griff, I use fruit juice bottles and pack them 4 to a square
plastic container. I can fit a tall drinking glass in the middle and buffer
the glass containers with paper towel. The glass generally contains PCI's.
The fruit juice bottles hold 3 or 4 stalks of usually IB's Spurias,
I seperate them with tissue paper or paper towel.
I label as i cut, using a marking pen and writing the name right at the
bottom of the spike in tiny letters. I couldn't use Griff's method of
filling out the labels in advance, because I never know what I am putting in
the show until I get there. I do find it a real hassle remembering to fill
out the labels correctly in the rush of setting up. Our club has the labels
taped to the table in the position of your exhibit, so you need to carry a
pen round, and if a stalk has to be changed after stting up, then you have
to change the label of course, so it gets messy.:-(
My TB's go in buckets, with an upturned hanging basket frame. Hard to
describe, but this is a 1/2 circle shaped green powder coated thingy, with
rectangular, diamond shaped, rhomboidal or whatever spaces which are handy
for seperating the stalks. I attach it to a standard bucket with clips
sturdy enough to allow me to carry the whole thing by the wire frame at the
top. I put newspaper in the bottom of the bucket, and when wet that prevents
I did manage to have one bucket tip last year, and wet the floor in my
Holden (very australian) station wagon. I bought the wagon with shows in
mind because the little Peuget hatch was too small and awkward. I still had
to do 2 X 2 hour trips with a full load for the main show, as I live a good
way out of Melbourne, in the country.
I discovered that stalks like TITANS GLORY cannot be carried that way, they
are simply too tall! Mine just fitted, but on the way out I heard a little
"phlp" sound as the top bud suddenly opened, and when I went to get it out,
it was sort of wedged against the ceiling :-) Should I trade the wagon for a
van so soon?
We have a species display and a "display of iris" which is more or less for
the public (educational) and gives plenty of leaway for the creative. I
found that the smaller irises could be fairly well prepped at home and
placed in drinking glasses set in cardboard trays (amazon boxes from book
orders are good for this) seperated by paper towel or newspaper - enough to
prevent the blooms knocking together.
All shows are a "crap-shoot" basically.
This must be so because I sure do see al lot of "crap-stalks" at the shows -
LOL (some of them mine)
Cheers, Jan in Aus, starting to envy the lot of you for having irises in
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