I did get one response but I am looking for a variety of opinions.
All 3 of your points were of interest. My current method is your 3rd point. I have been ordering bargains from Cooley's and selecting form the catalog what appeals to me. I had Snow Peak and Suttons recommended by the group recently.
I just joined the AIS and the local chapter. Which should give me access you your other suggestions. But it's still hard to choose when you want them ALL.
Thanks so much for making a new comer to the group feel so welcome
Rochester, New York
If someone answered, it was off line. Every reasonable question deserves an answer so I will go where angels fear to tread. Maybe it will launch a worthwhile threat. The real answer has to be based on your definition of "smart". If "smart" is determined by you, then the answer is to acquire most of your irises based on seeing the iris grown in your area and/or climate zone. Base your acquire decision based 50% on an evaluation of the plant and 50% on the bloom. Acquire many via trades. Buy many of your plant purchases from local specialty iris nurseries after you have visited that nursery at least twice. This definition of "smart" is based on minimizing regretting having acquired certain cultivars.
If "smart" is based on what others think about your collection, then concentrate on acquiring regional favorites, AIS 100 favorites, and newer introductions of nationally recognized hybridizers and the up-and-coming local hybridizers. A variation of this method would be to concentrate on acquiring recent Award of Merit winners. Within this strategy, you can still have portions of your iris collection devoted to specialized criteria like historics, rebloomers, space agers, etc.
There is another method and that is to buy great bargains accepting that there will be a heavy turnover. Buying from the sale of AIS regional and national convention guest irises can be a great way to get bargains. This usually means attending the sale in person or having an agent for you at the sale.
Hope this helps.
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
I love iris. So far I have what people have given me. I would like to start collecting seriously. Any advice on how to make smart choices?
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