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Well folks I said this was forthcoming and now is as good atime as any.

Gary Sides here.  Now Region 1 from Region 7 where I had spent my life.  
Joined AIS back in 82 and got my first Bulletin with the Apr issue full 
of rebloomers.  Saw Bernice Miller's ad with her garden bout 45 min away 
and went down and saw (Oh this was in late Aug when I joined) a veritable 
spring display the first week in October and I was hooked on rebloomers.  
Joined a cpl of robins eventually and have been breeding for rebloom ever 
since by using oncers and a reblooming parent to a certain point and then 
intercrossing the resulting seedlings.  Have two introductions along the 
way and two more ready for next year.  MISTY LADY apparently reblooms on 
the west coast and Oregon.  OCTOBER SPLENDOR rebloomed the first two 
weeks in October in the south (southern middle TN) but only now has 
stalks here in southern central Mass.  and another seedling from part fo 
the same parentage as OCTOBER SPLENDOR which is ((AP22-C1Re: Returning 
Peace x Vanity) X Christa) and C4-E19B: (Lady Friend X AP22-C1Re).  Hey 
thot I might as well get i on this LADY FRIEND thing.

	I am an Elem School Counselor nearby and have been in education 
in elem School teaching 3rd or 4th grade mostly for 18 yrs now.

	Ohter exciting things in my garden include the cross I got using 
MISTY LADY X OCTOBER SPLENDOR: the F46 series.  Some realy good things 
have come from that line, including:  BREAKERS X F46-H1A (a lovely white 
with blue tipped beard, that I almost completely lost when transplanting 
this year, but maybe the remaining one piece will survive and thrive!) 
And probably the best thing I have bloomed for form and ruffles is J2-L1: 
F46-H1A X F38-I3B: (LADY FRIEND X C37-E14: Summer Olympics x Christa)). 
Whether it reblooms remains to be seen.  I think I need a trusty friend 
now in a warmer climate who would treat my things like I would, ;) , and 
see if they rebloom.  It is an absolutely gorgeous flower but has 
that dormant foliage like VANITY so that it looks really skimpy in the 
fall but it always blooms in spring.  First seedlings from it bloom next 
year!  And I intend to repeat the cross as it came from only 16 seeds and 
had some ohter flowers that were good... So maybe I can get a really good 
sample from it.  F46-H1A put up an August stalk while guesting in 
Huntsville AL about 4 yrs ago, but I move things around so much that I 
have never seen it.  So I think it has the potential.  I have been using 
it so heavily and wnted all its pollen and podding possiblilites that I 
have not sent it out at all, but want to next year.  Other things that I 
really liked in 95 were:  
	K56-M15: JOYOUS CADENCE X OCTOBER SPLENDOR, a nice pink with 7 
buds and 33" 
	K69-M28C: HARVEST KING X F46-H2B,  a ruffled and laced pinkish 
tan with 7 buds and 36"
ESSEX) Wow!  what a plicata, it doesn't grow well. but what a flower and 
stalk.  Can't wait ot see it again.
	K29-M16A: MISTY LADY double half sib X TOMOKO, wow! again, this 
one and two sibs were relaly something.  Need to see them again.  but 
very ruffled and out of seedlings that both rebloomed late on the pod side.
B99-D30: IMMORTALITY x GLORY BOUND) OK. So I'm cheating here in calling 
this one a rebloomer, but it has potential for a repeater, I think.  It 
didn't bloom with the Spring bloom, but one month later put up an absolutely 
terrifc stalk with 7 fantasticly well placed yellow blooms!  But wouldn't 
set seed! :(  Cannot wait to see it again with a spring stalk.  

In short, rebloom breeding is hard, but things are beginning to gel.  
Lloyd and Raymond Smith have gone a long way toward paving the road and 
now lots of folks are finally jumping of the band wagon.  Monty Byers as 
a single evergy force finally got the public's and even AIS to pay 
attention and see the potential so now we are in the midst of an 
explosion!  Super!  LEt's have some more folks jump on the band wagon!

Gary Sides Region 1, south central Mass, USDA 5   and still waiting on 
HARVEST OF MEMORIES!  But it's finally showing color!

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