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  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 05:56:59 -0700 (MST)

Welcome Lorraine!You'll recognize me as one of your customers. Nice to =
have you aboard. I"m aslo new at this but I'm learning !! And to =
Mark--glad you'r okay, was wandering. Ditto reblooms for me also here in =
KS, will be watching for some of the other MDBs that will rebloom.
Judy Eckhoff in KS
very foggy morning, storms in the forecast
From: 	Lorraine Miller[SMTP:lcmiller@televar.com]
Sent: 	Monday, February 23, 1998 6:31 PM
To: 	Multiple recipients of list

Hello All!
I hope I am doing this right.  I am quite computer illiterate, but when
my computer person put me on the Internet and set up my E-mail he also
put me on the Iris line.  I had no idea what Iris-L was, but he knew of
my obsession with Iris, and just did it.  Almost immediately after that,
and before I used the E-mail, I flew off to Denver to be with my
daughter for Christmas and during their move to Bend, OR.  When I
returned home 5 weeks later I was astounded to find over 1600 messages.
Since the beginning of February I've been very busy trying to absorb
some of that information while deleting messages.  Now that I've caught
up it remains a daily necessity to keep up with it.  But I'm fascinated.
I also think it's time to let my presence be known.  As someone else
that is new said, if we don't let you know we are here too, we feel as
though we are eavesdropping.

Although my mother had some common "flags" in her garden when I was a
youngster and I believe instilled the love of gardening in me, I did not
really know Iris until we were landscaping this place in Quincy,
Washington.  We came to the newly developing irrigated farm area in the
Columbia Basin in 1954 to farm land which had been homesteaded and
dryland farmed many years before by my father.  I came by some hybrid
Iris for my new garden and became hooked by these new Iris in various
colors which I'd not seen before.

I'm sure my story is no different than most.  My first small purchase
led to many more and I now grow probably 2500 different Irises including
a few MDB, and many more SDB, IB, Border Bearded, MTB, and Tall Bearded.
More TBs than anything else, many of which are Historicals.  When I
retired 10 years ago I launched my Iris business.  Not big time, mainly
for a means of finding homes for the increase which I can't bear to
discard.  LORRAINE'S IRIS PATCH is a one-person enterprise, except that
I usually have a weeding crew come in the Spring, and if the weeds get
too far ahead of me, perhaps again before Fall.  I do put out a catalog
(no pictures).  But it is not ready until probably sometime in April
because I inventory the garden first to determine what has increased
sufficiently to list.  I've never attempted hybridizing and it is a
little late to start because of the years involved in coming up with
something new or different, and then getting it on the market.  However,
I found the story of Debby Rairdon fascinating.  I knew that Louella
Noyd was involved in that, but not the details.  Quincy is just across
the Columbia River from Wenatchee, the home of Mrs. Noyd, whom I met
quite a long time ago, first when she still had her garden and again
later when she and her husband were in the nursing home.  I have many of
Gordon Plough's Iris and visited his garden frequently when he was alive
and still gardening in Wenatchee.  Also, when Jack Boushay was still
introducing Iris, his garden was a place we visited each Spring.  We are
so lucky in Region 13, in this Northwest Paradise to have so many of the
great hybridizers.

I look forward to learning so much more from this group.

Lorraine Miller, sole proprietor of LORRAINE'S IRIS PATCH, a long time
member and vice president of the Columbia Basin Iris Society, and
currently the Secretary of Region 13.

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