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Re: Re:Seeds and Pictures

I have order from Springhill way back when I knew better and never again.  I
know there are people who think they are getting quality plant stock and
maybe now they are.  I just know at the time I ordered from them I DID NOT,
and in fact, the irises I ordered were not even right. I still have them in
the garden with the other unknowns.

QUESTION:  There are so many wonderful and respected irises growers why
would anyone buy irises from Springhill, Brecks, Parks', Jackson and
Perkins, etc, etc?   I have bought many many plants from these companies but
never irises.  The selling point is..................the beautiful pictures
and you think you know what you are getting.

Question:  know you have the irises with the picture from these companies
but you have no date or hybridizer.  You fumble through all the catalogs to
see if you can find someone who has that irises.  If that doesn't work one
has to go through all the R&I's.
But wait.  Where do I start?  Guess I'll have to go back into the 40's or
50's and work my way up through the dates if I want to make up note cards on
each of them.

Question:  Do these companies give you lots of extras with your order and
even newer varieties?   Some times one can get half their value spent on
free and newer irises.
I enjoy ordering from all the irises catalogs just to see what special
package will be inside my order.

Lora L. Masche
Forquin Mountain Iris Garden
21643 Shake Ridge Road
Volcano, CA 95689
-----Original Message-----
From: The Hiltibidals <dutchman@fgi.net>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Monday, May 04, 1998 6:18 PM
Subject: Re:Seeds and Pictures

>To Willaim Scarbrough:
>I just received Maryott's 1998 catalog - and they have an on-line catalog
>with PICTURES!  www.irisgarden.com
>Also - call Springhill at 1-800-582-8527 to be put on their mailing list -
>they offer 20 or more iris every year in color pictures
>Brecks is closely associated with Springhill, believe they sometimes offer
>iris.   Ask to be put on both mailing lists
>Gurneys address is 110 Capital Street, Yankton, South Dakota  57079
>Gurneys and Henry Fields are closely associated - ask to be put on both
>their catalog mailing list - they each offer several dwarf and tb iris in
>each catalog - plus a grab bag special.
>Dutch Gardens sends out a special color 4-5 page catalog, their
>address is P.O. Box 200 Adelphia, NJ 07710-0200.
>Schreiners offer a mini-catalog free in the back of many garden magazines
>and their address is:  3662 Quinaby Rd, N. E., Salem Oregon  97303-9720.
>Jungs always has a few iris - their address is J. W. Jung Seed Co,
>335 S. High Street, Randolph, WI  53957-0001
>Fellow listers will cringe that you might purchase from some of these -
>but when you're just getting started and want to see what you're purchasing
>and they send you the catalogs free.........
>And to all Iris listers:  I always pull off the spent pulpy bloom if there
>are still buds to bloom on the stem - if someone will tell me
>how to collect seeds, I can send them to Wm, and would I be correct in
>concluding that I need to include the name of the iris from which
>I take the seeds?
>Thanks all, Sharon
>>Does anyone have any extra Iris seeds laying around.  If you do please
>>send me some.  All so if you have any Iris pictures I would also like to
>>see them.  You can E-mail me privately at az124@hotmail.com.  Thanks.

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