Karl, you might want to know some recent history
involving Gilbert H. Wild, etc.
A whole string of such nursery names and catalog
suppliers, including the grand, old supplier and originator of many fruit
trees--Stark's--got bought up by a holding company which then went
bankrupt. Every one of the nursery companies had gone through a time of
falsified identities in plants, messed up orders, promises to refund which were
never kept and so on.
The recent reemergence of those nursery catalogs
results from a change of ownership somewhere along the line, but I sure would
hesitate before I ordered from a single one of them. When I get catalogs I
pitch them out, pronto.
We have some terrific suppliers of iris at very
reasonable prices that are reliable, good companies that grow their own stock
(which Gilbert H. Wild does not, to the best of my knowledge--they are middleman
suppliers, not growers).
Try Superstition Gardens, or Joe Ghio's Bayview, or
Sutton's. Or almost anyone else listed in the AIS links for that
matter. If mistakes get made, they take care of the matter. There
are a whole lot of very good irises for sale at nominal prices. Try Keith
Keppel--he has some pricey, new things in his catalogs, but also some that are
beginning to show some age--but are still of the highest quality. Keith
ordinarily leaves those older ones for other people to grow--but I saw several
bargains listed at surprising levels. He, along with the others mentioned,
send out clean, good, solid stock.
Several contributors to Iris-talk and Iris-photos
are also beginning to sell commercially. Try Rainbow, or Robin Shadlow in
Nebraska. There are a number of such gardens and iris farms that will give
you far better stock, and a whole lot fresher too--than Wild.