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Re: OT:Weather

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] OT:Weather
  • From: Foley Martin <emjfoley@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 16:24:28 -0700 (PDT)

<P> Carryl, have a similar but different situation in
southeast Michigan this tall bearded bloom season. The
problem is rain, more rain, and yet more rain. 12 of
the last 13 days have rained. Sometimes all day,
sometimes all night, sometimes off and on, sometimes a
half hour cloudburst. Only 1 of 12 tall bearded
crosses has been successful as a pod has formed. Must
assume the rain has been the culprit for the other 11
unsuccessful crosses.
<P>So with predicted overnight showers and with black
clouds overhead made 3 more crosses tonight. Tonight
have placed wooden stakes on either side of the
hybridized flower's bloomstalk. Over the stakes have
placed 40lb. plastic topsoil bags, minus the topsoil
and affixed them to the stakes with clothespins. The
hope is to keep the moisture away from the hybridized
<P>Perhaps a lesson for all of us, including me, is to
manage an iris garden proactively rather than
belatedly. Perhaps wooden stakes and plastic topsoil
bags would have saved your show stalks, perhaps wooden
stakes and plastic topsoil bags will save tonights
tall bearded crosses.&nbsp;Maybe an ounce of
prevention will be the cure for all of us,
professional, amateur, hybridizer, show person.
<P>&nbsp; <B><I>"Carryl M. Meyer"
&lt;carrylm@bigsky.net&gt;</I></B> wrote: 
5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px solid"><TT>So here it
is--one week to the show--and I am out checking stalks
to see<BR>which ones might hold off a bit to open and
be ready for the show--thinking<BR>about picking the
stalks early next Friday morning--and when we woke
up<BR>Monday morning--we had over 4" of new, wet,
heavy snow all over<BR>everything!!!<BR>Severe tree
damage all over town--and along with that, no
electricity for<BR>many hours--but the greatest loss
was my iris blooms--the ones with the top<BR>flower
out--the flower just crashed to the ground from the
weight of the<BR>snow--the ones with just buds and no
open flowers did a little bit<BR>better--but it sure
is heartbreaking to see what had been an Iris
patch,<BR>full of lovely&nbsp; blooms Sunday
afternoon--now a mess of broken off,
frozen<BR>blooms.<BR>So to all of you who had some
great stalks for your shows--stop and<BR>appreciate
that you did have the blooms--take a minute to not
think of your<BR>Iris patch as a work area--but enjoy
the blooms--and be glad that you
had<BR>them!!!<BR>Carryl zone 3/4&nbsp; in western
Montana--<BR><BR></TT><BR><!-- |**|begin egp html
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