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Re: Re:Seeds and Pictures

You're right!  It is easy getting hooked on Springhill and all those
wonderful other catalogs that display beautiful flowers.  That's what
SELLS!!!!!!!!  especially for the beginner like myself years back.  My
flowers never looked liked theirs'.  I work very hard  and try all different
methods just to grow good root stock for the irises to grow.
I can say, the iris-l has taught me much.  Everyone is full of information
and always willing to share their experiences and knowledge that helps most
climents and zones.

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 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: Re:Seeds and Pictures

>Lora - until I got 'in' to iris enough to discover the iris list, the only
>iris I ever knew about were the ones in catalogs sent by these
>companies.....and because I joined the list - I did receive several
>catalogs from growers I never knew existed.  For the beginner, the answer
>to the questions boil down to accessibility.
>Now - how to I harvest seeds?
>At 09:11 PM 5/4/98 -0600, you wrote:
>>I have order from Springhill way back when I knew better and never again.
>>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
>>and in fact, the irises I ordered were not even right. I still have them
>>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
>>never irises.  The selling point is..................the beautiful
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>>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
>>>and they send you the catalogs free.........
>>>And to all Iris listers:  I always pull off the spent pulpy bloom if
>>>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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