Irises forum→Pictures of your vendor boxes

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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Oct 24, 2019 1:03 PM CST
I am supposed to present a power point for our Bluegrass Iris Society on where to purchase irises, vendors and photos of their typical rhizome size and packaging this January. I am soliciting any and all of your best shipments pics with comments of extras, packaging and your recommendations yea or nay on your order. I know many have been posted and lots of comments made on other sites and this one as well but hard to find them throughout the threads.
Any help and photos would be appreciated. Personally, I have never taken pictures of my boxes upon arrival. Wish I had Blinking
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 24, 2019 1:40 PM CST
Jane ~ Sorry I don't have any pictures. I can tell you though the best boxes that arrived to my place were:
Superstition
Sutton's
Stout
Winterberry
Shady Spot
Iris Sisters
Mid-America
Burgard
(Beaumont Ridge)
(Napa)

All of those were shipped in USPS Priority boxes with excelsior.

Only one vendor shipped irises in a Priority envelope, which was Ross Road.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Oct 25, 2019 11:31 PM CST
I thought I had more of the boxes, but I guess I was so excited, I just whipped them out. I don't have any from this year.. but this was Keppel order... the cat is there for scale Hilarious!
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This was from Napa Country
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Superstition
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Iris I've divided for sale and trade
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HIPS order
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Mid America
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Oct 26, 2019 12:15 PM CST
Over the years I've ordered from several vendors including Superstition, Mid-America, Schreiner and others. Mid-America & Superstition have always been good with their packaging, quality rhizomes and customer service. I would even say "above average". I was disappointed with my last order from Schreiner (2018) because of rhizome quality.

Sutton's quality and service is IMHO "excellent". The last order from them came with large healthy rhizomes, roomy packing and a couple of bonus irises. In all there were 12 large rhizomes nicely packed in an over-sized box; all correctly labeled. Below are some photos of this order. I do not usually photograph orders, but this one impressed me.

Box arrival; no damage
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Well packed and clean
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Contents
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Close look
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Queen's Circle was just under a half pound.
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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Oct 26, 2019 12:34 PM CST
From October 2017, Mid America sale:
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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Oct 26, 2019 1:03 PM CST
Great bonus iris from Superstition Iris Gardens July of 2018
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 26, 2019 1:55 PM CST
Henhouse said: ...the cat is there for scale Hilarious!
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Sherry ~ The cat appears to be saying, " These are MY irises!" nodding
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Oct 26, 2019 3:44 PM CST
Love the picture of the cat in the box of irises.

Sherry, Barbara, and Leon: The rhizomes you received from Mid-America, Superstition, and Sutton are amazing. Would like to see the growth from that Queen's Circle rhizome next spring!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Oct 31, 2019 1:33 PM CST
Thanks for the responses to this query. I will use some of the pictures but will not use your name. I hope to find some not so desired pictures of shipment from Iris Lovers or Iris Trader sites if I can. Anyone have any from smaller vendors like Crafton Hills, Stout, Blue J, Comanche or Eagle Ridge Iris they could share?
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Nov 8, 2019 3:26 PM CST
Craften hills is about an hour from my house. I haved talked with them anx seem pretty good but never ordered from them. Im sure they would send pictures of their boxes.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Nov 10, 2019 9:15 AM CST
I see their photos online in FB of lots of irises but do not see those same ones for sale. I will check for some photos of boxes.
Thanks.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Nov 10, 2019 7:00 PM CST
Wish you had started a month earlier with this thread. I could have helped you out for sure. But by the time the thread started most of my boxes had been recycled and iris planted or potted. Stout boxes have very little padding, but they do throw in coffee mugs and such. Oddly, this year also included an old copy of Tall Talk, but it had a great interview with Keith Keppel.
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