I received this
in my email and Paul Black gave me permission
to email to iris-photos.
It was a day brightener for me and for my
Zone 6a, rain and wind
Twin Falls, Idaho
Seasons Greetings to each
of you. We hope that 2005 has been a spectacular year and that 2006 will
be even better.
The mountain in the
background is Mt Hood which many of you that attend the American Iris Society
convention will have the great pleasure of seeing either as you fly into Portland or while you are
in one of the tour gardens.
The canine staff at Mid-America Garden has grown. Two mini
long-haired dachshunds have hired on. Cher
is black and Diva is brown. Cher is mine
and Diva is Kirk and Thomas's. That is of no matter to them since they
are happy to be near whichever person happens to be close by. One of my
good friends, Bill Kuykendall, jokingly dubbed the picture with Diva in it,
"Huskies and Snack". It isn't quite so funny when Nickel has
Diva's head surrounded by her strong jaws. That is one brave dog.
What a great world it would be if we all had that kind of trust.
The irises are just two
that I will introduce in 2006. I consider Gardening Angel to be one of
the very best SDBs I've created.
I'm currently working on
the catalog and Thomas is keeping the garden all sparkling clean for the
tours this spring.
We look forward to seeing
and hearing from many of you this spring.
Paul, Thomas, and
the canine quartet
Black / Thomas Johnson