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Re: Re:proposed AIS Awards Ballot

  • Subject: Re: Re:proposed AIS Awards Ballot
  • From: iris4u2@comcast.net
  • Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:01:12 +0000 (UTC)



One solution to the problem of not having TB's that do well in your area would be to start hybridizing for winter (Canadian) hardy TB's.  Selecting those varieties which do grow in your area and making some crosses with them.  Chuck I'm sure already has a list of what does and doesn't grow for him.   Place an order with him and start the process of hybridizing for that Dykes Medal Winner coming from Canada.


Bob in Denver


----- Original Message -----
From: jacksonb@mts.net
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:11:31 AM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re:proposed AIS Awards Ballot

Good morning, Chuck and all.

I have to say that I agree with you 100%. I was one of those cold climate growers that started with TBs and quickly became disillusioned when nothing survived our -40 to -50 C winters. In fact, I almost stopped growing iris altogether in the 90s (except for the old standby's that you can't kill with a stick). The someone (and you know who you are out there) put me on to the medians and the rest is history! I guess that is why there is such a flurry when something other than a TB wins the Dykes. I have to admit that when looking to add new iris to my gardens, I do check the awards they have won. Now I also check where they came from and where that does not guarantee it will survive and grow in SW MB, I'm going in with my eyes open.

And, I for one, am very glad that you steer people away from unsuitable for their area choices. I remember with Starship Enterprise (which I absolutely, positively had to have) that you wouldn't sell it to me as a new introduction until it had proved itself in your garden. I think I ordered it three times before you finally agreed to sell it to me and I only got it once you had told me you couldn't guarantee its performance. Well, that one did survive but took 5 years to bloom and once it had, started to go down hill. I doubt it will be back this year. At $25 Canadian it was an expensive lesson and I promise to listen to you more in future years.....hopefully. :) Your honesty about performance and not just trying to sell everything to everybody is appreciated out here!

BJ in SW MB, Canadian Prairies, Zone 2b CDA/3 USDA
> There are biases towards TB with Dykes as these are more popular, and
> more importantly, biases towards the warmer climates where there are
> more judges. Thus there have been top awarded bearded iris in past
> (including Dykes Medal Winners) that are good growers only in warmer
> climates, and not the rest of the AIS regions.
> As a commercial growe! r in a colder climate (colder part of Southern
> Ontario, Canada) I often see new iris enthusiasts selecting iris based
> on the awards they have received. <snip>

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