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Re: OT: Breathing New Life Into An Old Club


I haven't registered anything yet, but have some very interesting stuff in
the pipeline. Working a lot on Rebloom and SpaceAgers

We do however carry Australian bred irises, from other Aust breeders, that
Tempo Two and Rainbow Ridge don't carry.


Colleen Modra
Adelaide Hills AUST
zone 8/9

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
To: "Iris-talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2005 1:49 AM
Subject: [iris] OT: Breathing New Life Into An Old Club

> Patrick, one thing that some area groups or clubs have done is to place a
> group order to Tempo Two, Barry, Leslie Blyth and family. I may be
> something you all are already doing, but the potential in a group order is
> exciting.  Keith Keppel does not appear to import all of what Blyth
> introduces--there are many fascinating varieties available in Tempo Two's
> recent catalog in addition to what Keith lists.
> Last year I joined with Robin Shadlow's group and got MACHISMO, as it is
one I
> plan to use in my "purple to rose" project. I'm sure Keppel will be
> this one, but I hoped to get bloom on it earlier.  It is still in the pot
> which I planted it a year ago in February with several increases.  I
> bloom this year from it.  Barry ships in two seasons--February and April.
> February dates would fit your area quite well, I would think.  The plants
> a summer on top of a summer, so may bloom quite out of season the first
> Getting turned "upside down" and backwards in terms of season makes for a
> of confusion and adaptation for the plants.  Keith Keppel has said in his
> catalog that some varieties adjust quickly, but others take a while to get
> cycles of growth and bloom in order for our climates.  Even so, the whole
> endeavor is fun, then the members have lots of interesting things to trade
> around as the plants increase.
> I believe a group order like this has some real possibilities if it is not
> something your club has already done
> There are also the Pryors in Australia with very advanced quality
> LA's--probably not the most easily grown types in your area. Taylor and
> Grosvenor are breeders of high quality new beardeds, and Colleen Modra is
> a commercial grower (Impressive Irises) althought I have not yet
> to find out what she sells and if she introduces any new things of her own
> breeding, an omission I intend to correct soon.
> By placing a group order, the phtosanitary certificate has only to be paid
> once.  The exchange rate with the Australian dollar is much to our
> unless it has changed significantly.  The prices end up being much lower
> rhizome than what is stated in Barry's catalog, even considering the air
> for the shipment.
> There are also Danish, French, German, Russian, Ukaranian,
> Hungarian and Italian producers of note--and even more.  Any of these
might be
> of interest, although I'm not sure how one would obtain catalogs.  I'm
> their addresses are listed in the backs of the R&I's, and some of them
post to
> Iris-photos.
> Snowpeak now carries and introduces to the American buyers the irises of
> Bianco.  Keith Keppel carries Cayeaux's.  The others filter in slowly, but
> these unusual sources undoubtedly include many irises of note
> Just a thought and a suggestion if it is not already part of your
> activities....
> Neil Mogensen  z 7 western NC mountains
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