Dear Iris Friends,
2017 was a very good year for the garden. Our spuria irise sales are literally exploding. They have been Jim's baby from the start and all shipped spurias are selected and bagged by Jim. We are down sizing in the acreage planted. You probably will not even notice unless you visit . There will be a few less acres to view. Jim is growing and reselecting a couple of thousand seedlings for possible introduction. If you are a judge, come by and help Jim reselect new seedlings.
We are super proud of Jim's iris, Line Dancing. It won the top spuria award, the Eric Nies Medal last year and it also received the top vote in the annual Spuria Society poll. Now, it will be eligible for the Dykes Medal for the next 3 years. If it wins, it will be the first spuria iris to ever win the Dykes Medal.
If there is any such thing as a normal year, our tall bearded bloom starts around Mother's Day and will last until late May. Spuria bloom starts around the first week of June and lasts until about the 3rd week of June. The Louisianas normally bloom the last week of May and will finish by the 2nd week of June. We are open 7 days a week, 9 to 7 daily as long as there is iris bloom. There is plenty of parking and even when it rains, we have grass pads around the guest beds and you won't get muddy unless you go to the production fields. Our showroom has iris related products, a huge selection of bird feeders, and a few antiques and pond products. If you are bringing a group, please call ahead and give the day and time you are coming. We want to have plenty of employees on hand during peak times.
Tentatively, Jim is planning to have a iris culture seminar on May 19th. He will try to help you with all of your iris culture questions. All people that attend will receive a free iris and our culture sheets. We will also award several prizes in a drawing that day during the seminar. Rain will not stop the seminar, but heavy rain, might hamper field viewing that afternoon. We have plenty of room on our porches to keep you dry.
I want to remind those of you that read this message, that I now write and e-mail a iris culture newsletter that comes out a number of times each year. It is free and we won't flood your inbox with junk e-mails. No one gets our e-mail list. You can sign up for it on our home page of the website. We have nearly 2500 people signed up for the newsletter so far.
Please note that we have inventory controls on the website. If you see a set amount that remains of an iris that you want to order, please keep that in mind. As the year progresses, we will sell out of many of the varieties that have low amounts for sale. When they sell out, the variety will be pulled from the website. Varieties that do not have amounts listed are not likely to sell out.
Finally we want to thank each and every one of you for your iris orders. We can't stay in business without you. We always have time to help you in any way we can with your irises. Please remember our motto: We care about you and your irises.
Thank you and God Bless all of you and our troops all over the world.
Jim & Lamoyne Hedgecock
Comanche Acres Iris Gardens