Okay... I'm going to try this again. I posted this on MONDAY and I didn't see it and
couldn't access anything having to do with the iris-l until this afternoon. So I'm
sure I missed the boat on this one, but I think what I said was worth saying.
Evidently my e-mail has done the same thing as my train of thought.....DERAILED!!!
So here it is:
> Tom Tadfor Little wrote:
> I've frequently found myself having the heretical thought that AIS garden judges
> should be looking at _only_the plant qualities of the iris: vigor, disease
> resistance, floriferousness and duration of bloom, etc. Color and form, after
> all, are apparent to any gardener at a glance, and will either appeal or not,
> person by person. Do I need a judge to tell me that a clean snow white iris with
> a pure red beard has acceptable color? And if the judge says it looks ugly and I
> say it looks pretty, whose opinion is going to determine whether I buy it or not?
> > Any thoughts?
> Well, Tom, I'm too young for my opinion to count (legally and occasionally
> otherwise...unless I make enough noise...) but I think you're on to something.
> instance, John Jones teases me about the fact that I really like Space Age
> irises, and I tease him about the fact that he actually grows a few, even though
> he *claims* to hate all space-agers. I personally choose plants for my garden
> based on their color or description. I would *never* buy a plant because it
> seems to be the one that wins Queen of Show more times than other irises. I
> don't have enough money to BUY ribbons at shows...I'll have to try my best to
> grow what I like and grow it well.
> Just my thoughts...