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Re: Re:inexpensive iris

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re:inexpensive iris
  • From: "connie eggen" <cseggen@usawide.net>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 12:21:47 -0600

I was under the understanding that Gilbert Wild grew all their own, at least I know they do on their daylilies.  I have ordered from them & been extremely pleased with shipments.  Large healthy clumps of daylily starts.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 12:03 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re:inexpensive iris

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.
Neil Mogensen   z  7   western NC

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