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Re: HYB:Sad Days -Tasmania

  • Subject: Re: HYB:Sad Days -Tasmania
  • From: Autmirislvr@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 08:13:42 -0400

Hi Colleen,

I guess it's impolite to complain about too much water when others are
still suffering from the drought! Sorry! It must sound like I'm very
hard to please! Last year I complained about the drought and now I'm
complaining about too much rain. <vbg>

With the drought following on the heels of the horrific freeze of 2007
this abundance of rain has not been appreciated. Yesterday (Sunday) was
the best day I've had in two years. Of course, I'm still not out of the
woods. These crosses have to take to make me really happy!

Color has been deep this year with the cooler temperatures. In most
cases, that is a good thing.

Many of us in the USA have been enamored of your Tasmanian Devil! Maybe
it's symbolic? It's right to an opinion has never been questioned!

Such a long and difficult trip seems to have it's rewards. Many in the
USA don't see that much quality family time in a full year.

Thanks for the pictures. Your iris display is delightful.

<<And to think we’re excited because we’ve had an inch of rain
overnight. I doubt that it is drought breaking but at least it’s a
help. >>

Betty Wilkerson
Bridge In Time Iris
Zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: Impressive Irises <colleen@impressiveirises.com.au>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Fri, 16 May 2008 9:37 pm
Subject: RE: [iris-photos] HYB:Sad Days -Tasmania

Hi Betty


And to think we’re excited because we’ve had an inch of rain overnight.
I doubt that it is drought breaking but at least it’s a help. Most of
south eastern Australia (South Aust, Victoria and Tasmania) are still
severely drought affected.


We’ve recently arrived back from a week in Tasmania (our island state).
Most Australians think of Tasmania as very wet and cold, however this
is only the western side. The eastern half is in a considerable rain
shadow and currently, frighteningly dry.

We attended a very large field days there, usually 70-80,000 visitors
over the three days. Sales went very well. We also had a couple of days
off for exploring.

We went to a local wildlife park, where they do research into the
Tasmania Devil. These are the size of a large cat/small dog and  are
very aggressive and have the most spine-chillingly ferocious growl ,
especially coming from such a small animal. Our daughter got to hold an
orphaned baby wombat (fully grown they are the size of a small pig) and
the wallabies (small kangaroo-like animal) know how to look cute so
they can get fed.


The killer part of the trip is the 11 hours from here to Melbourne with
a large caravan, infrastructure and stock and then the 12 hour
overnight ferry crossing to Tasmania and the return. Interesting
challenge also is how to prepare and keep the stock beforehand so it
still looks good for sale 1-2 weeks after being dug.



Colleen Modra

Adelaide Hills

South Australia






From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Autmirislvr@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2008 7:53 AM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB:Sad Days


Here are the two seedlings that hadn't opened in the Vanishing Act X
Night Game cross. (Group shot from yesterday.) (For Linda M.)

Please note the clouds in the picture with 2026-01. When it's not
raining, this is what I get. We are over 5 inches of rain for May and
it's just now the 16th. The weather is cold. KY is depressing.

Some bloom is better than no bloom. Damaged blooms are better than no
blooms. You may note that these blooms are damaged, even though it
wasn't obvious in the bud.

Betty Wilkerson
Bridge In Time Irises
Zone 6

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