MASS medley report.......
I am just going to forward this to the list and hope others that
were not as bummed-out after Sunday's luncheon can fill in the gaps.
A lovely versicolor (rosy? or lt. red-violet) took best of the bench
I was completely awed by some of the gardens and the Siberians were
out of this world....Anna Mae Miller's DANCING SHADOWS was superb in
the Schafer/Sacks garden...my scribbled notes just say `dark blue',
I'm sorry to say.....but it impressed me enough that I ranked it
second in all the hundreds I saw this week-end! Large flowers and
a medium height (which I like) and very graceful.
My two favorite garden plants were not Siberians - I. versicolor
`Mint Fresh' which I saw in the Smiths'garden was fabulous! Flowering
was perfect and it resembled the Best of Show winner - a rosy, won-
derful color - blooms galore.
Also, I. sanguinea `Kamayama' from Japan was in all the gardens (I
think) and was very tall and stood like a beacon with its dark purple
wonderful flowers - gorgeous.
SILBERKANTE (Tamberg) was my #1 choice of garden plants....a stunning
Tet. with wide, dark blue, ruffled flowers with a strong white edge
around the falls with bluish-green leaves...it shows its ancestry of
CAMBRIDGE, DEAR DIANNE (blues) and LIMEHEART (white).....
I took my first judge's training (as a student) in show-bench species
and garden Siberians (with Hal Stahly - terrific guy with a wonderful
Siberian seedling #92-37 that Kathy Guest described perfectly...I al-
most fell into the brook (a little river?) at the Smiths trying to
get a good photo....
I must say I am thrilled that the Siberian Section and the SIGNA
people had a joint convention - not only because I have tons of seeds
from SIGNA in my freezer, now - and not only because I was successful
in bidding on `Suslik', a wonderful SPEC I. pumila which was grown
from seeds collected in Russia by Dr. Rodienko and is now in my garden
looking very spry! - but because I was exposed to information and
conversation about species that I didn't have before and that is
what I went to the MASS Medley.
Dave Silverberg's Siberian IN HER GLORY looked glorious in the
Schafer/Sacks garden and so did Clarence Mahan's Siberian, RUFFLES!
Also, Carol Warner was very much in evidence this week-end in MASS
and Clarence was registered but I don't think he was in St. Louis...
I can attest to Kathryn Mohr being a patient person - she lived with
me all week-end!
Sunburnt but happy,
Ellen Gallagher email@example.com
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 1996 23:13:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ellen Gallagher <e_galla@moose>
To: Clarence Mahan <CEMahan@aol.com>
Subject: missed you and your Suky....
Everyone missed you at a wonderful convention.....you probably know
the results by now.
If you don't:
Best Guest Siberian:
1. LORENA CRONIN
2. MESA PEARL
3. CARELESS SALLY
There was a tie for first runner-up....maybe there was a second
Best Siberian seedling:
1. Schafer/Sacks ? didn't get the #'s
Best guest species:
1. Holden's Child
2. Roy Davidson
3. Aquatic Alliance (Reid) - SPECX I.versicolor x I. laevigata
Best species seedling:
1. Tamberg (didn't get the name or number)
(didn't get the rest)
Hope all is well,
Ellen (didn't do too well in my personal voting!)
Saw RUFFLES at Marty /Jan's garden - was almost past bloom there -
liked the color - didn't see it any place else...
Time for bed