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Re: TB:Black Iris:

From: "Mike Sutton" <suttons@lightspeed.net>

Hey BG,
J. Beetles hate soapy water on flowers.  Get a little garden sprayer out and
spray the buds.  Takes care of them here.  They go visit someone else.
About BTS, I try not to knock any Dykes winner for winning the Dykes.  If
something wins the Dykes it has to look real good somewhere to a lot of
judges.  BTS just doesn't do well here.  I am sure that some of our stuff
does great here and looks bad elsewhere.  Time changes our perspective a lot
too.  I look at stuff that our garden introduced several years past and
think, PU.  But at the time I am sure they looked good.  Mesmerizer and
Thornbird if seen in our seed beds would be immediately ousted and
don't even know if that was worth $.02
-----Original Message-----

>From: StorYlade@aol.com
>In a message dated 7/8/1999 8:37:21 AM Central Daylight Time,
>suttons@lightspeed.net writes:
><< BEFORE THE STORM is a poor performer here also.  The stalks are always
>stunted and have a low bud count.  If the buds ever open the flowers are
>usually half melted and very narrow.  I guess it looks good in PA. >>
>I was really disappointed with this iris when I finally saw it in bloom.
>Definitely not a winner on the show bench.  The second year, I had a clump
>about 10-15 stalks, and, THEN, there was no question.  From a distance, it
>was distinctive--a real knock out.
>Still, I complained when it made the dykes list (hang my head in shame!),
>UNTIL I remembered how we are supposed to vote the dykes.  Garden
>distinction?  That it has (when happy).  I'm guessing that it was blooming
>clumps when seen at that convention.
>BW in BG KY where J. Beetles devour the iris rebloom, rose bloom, etc..
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