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  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos]NOID:ID's
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 14:43:41 -0400

Very good work, Eleanor, particularly returning the mislabeled ones.  Having to reimburse the customer is the sort of thing that should leave an impression.  --  Griff
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Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos]NOID:ID's
I also try to check out the local nurseries in spring and advise them when they have an iris in bloom that is mislabelled.  Sometimes the manager comes out and I bring out the bigger guns, mentioning that I'm an iris display garden and just want to help you ensure you're selling a correctly labelled product.  It's not always hard, since the blooming iris has a label with an actual picture of the iris right on the label; how hard is it to look at the iris & the picture and see that one is yellow and the blooming iris is no where close to being yellow.  I'm sure they cringe now when they see me walk in.  I have returned to the same store, where they had removed all the mislabelled irises, but when I went back a few days later, there they were back up on the tables, for sale again.  Another nursery removed the labels and sold them as unknowns.
I have friends who do this with hostas, daylilies & lilies.
One year, I returned a huge bag of blooming daylilies to Costco (hard to resist the price of some boxed offerings), because they weren't the daylilies pictured on the box.  They were bright orange and could be seen from miles away.  The box was labelled as Catherine Woodbury, which is a very light pink or lavender.  I was quite upset, especially since orange is a colour that isn't often allowed into my garden, aside from exceptional irises!  It must have been quite a sight, since the 6 daylilies were huge and blooming right out of the plastic shopping bag I had dumped them into and all the blossoms were bobbing around around and up and down, to the extreme agitation of my angry stride into the store.  Since then, I try to return mislabelled plants back to the store they came from.  I keep all the bills until I'm convinced I got what I wanted to buy.


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