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Re: Iris blooming, photos, kiwi visitors.

> From my own bag of bad memories, I well remember some hoots that occurred the
> first ( and last time, I sincerely hope!)  I entered a misnamed iris,
> innocently believing for years that it was what it was labeled as when I got
> it!  That experience has, I hope, made me a little more sensitive to the fact
> that honest mistakes will occur, and how the "transgressor" is approached and
> treated will make the difference between whether they ever show up again or
> not!
	This is only too true.  But, it happens on both sides of the bench.  I
judged a show several years ago where there were a high number of
misnamed iris (8 or 10).  One or another of us on the panel had grown
these iris and knew without a doubt that they were incorrect.  We wrote
"misnamed" on the tags and went on with our judging.  After the judging
was over I stepped outside for a cigarette (nasty habit, I know) and was
met by a man wanting to know if I was one of "those" judges.  When I
proudly admitted that yes, I was he begun to chew me out.  His wife (the
one who had entered all of the misnamed iris) could not possibly be
wrong and we must be crazy.  I offered to take the R & I books and go
over any or all of the iris with them and he just got madder.  I finally
just escaped back inside.  No-one wanted to keep them from winning and
sometimes judges go overboard on this but we were very sure of our
decisions.  What else could we do?

Dana Brown, Lubbock, Texas  Zone 7
Where we are currently 1.5 inches 
behind in rain for the month of 
October and @ 5 inches behind for
the year.

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