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From the Home of Champions 


Ge Meo Wiieon, Be D, No, 5, 

sbon, Ohio. 


We haven't much to gripe about. The grasshoppers and 
rabbits were in a very mannerly mood last summer. Maybe 
Santa Claus taught ‘em a lesson last year, at any rate they 
left our glads alone for a,change. Wet late planting season 
again and when planting stock was nicely started we fell 
heir to “SOMETHING NEW”, two of the finest full 
length cloud bursts one could wish for, just three wecks 
apart, then during August and part of September there 
wasn't even a tear drop. So, weather damage to growing 
stock was plenty. Well, we just took a healthy grin and 
told ourself, “If it isn’t one thing its another, so what?” 
Still hope we have enough stock left to keep our fine cus- 
tomers in good humor, which in turn will keep us diggin’ 
and happy. While business was a little on the slow side 
last year, the response of our customers was most erati- 
fying and we DO appreciate that. 

Please do not write us asking for prices on anything not 
in this list as it taxes us to raise enough of our own varie- 
ties to supply the demand and 60% of our planting is 
sdigs, on test. Neither do we grow in quantities for whole- 

We never had any hankering for export, even Canadian 
orders of which we will accept a very few this year and 

these we will ship ONLY by Parcel Post. 

With weather conditions off balance, bulbs made nice 
growth as well as being ciean and healthy. Not a bulb was 
brought in from any source this year or last, thus climina- 
ting any chance of bringing any disease into our stock. 

Our five 1949 introductions are as good as the best of 
any we have ever introduced and we have placed 71 of our 
own introductions on the market during the past twelve 
years, nearly all of which have been blue ribbon winners 
as well as many champions. We suggest keeping your 
eye on future show reports on Glorious, Gorgeous, Wahoo, 
Choctaw and Cheyenne as these five especially are behind 
the 8 ball, and bound for a blue ribbon career. Five good 
bets, all pinch hitters, if you are out to win at your shows, 
and who isn't? 







(About 85 days)...Sdlg, No. 230:K. Your one best bet 
for a blue ribbon or better in its color class and section, 
showing in the 332 or deep salmon class. Floret size runs 
right up to 4!4inch, wide open, not hooded, cream blotch 
with small rose feather in throat barely noticable. <A 
standout under artifical light. Substance not so heavy but 
lasting and stands rough handling without petals cracking. 
Very strong attachment. The past summer we had sev- 
eral spikes with 29 buds, 30 inch flowerheads, 60 inches 
overall. All straight stems and only one spike of which the 
tip six florets turned backwards, all others had excellent 
facing and spacing. We had our most bloom during a long 
dry spell and when the temperature was 92 to 94 in the 
shade for three days running, Glorious stood wide open 
in the sun with no sign of wilt or discoloration. Always 
a top performer with us. Bulblet production very good 
and germination easy and excellent. If you can’t win with 
Glorious then you just can't grow glads. Altogether we 
have made only seven entries of Glorious at various shows 
the past three years, winning seven blue ribbons, three 
sectional champ’s, one division champ’, one runner up for 
show champ, as follows. Ohio State (Cleveland) first. 
Chagrin Falls, first both one and three spike, the 3 spike 
for a sec;, champ. 1946. East Liverpool first both one and 
three spike, the three spike entry was sec, champ; divi- 
sion champ; and champion three spike of the show, 1947. 
Ohio State (Solon) first; East Liverpool first, section 
champ, three spike and runner up for show champion 1948. 

To secure 14-15 open one must have a young No. 1, 


On front cover illustration the first few florets are a 
trifle crowded and show a slight fading of color, but no 
sign of wilt. We had only two young number one bulbs 
in 1947, the Jorets from the other bulb were not so crowded 
and had 14 open. 

Make no mistake, secure a start with Glorious this year’ 
Many reservations and orders already in for both Glori- 
ous and Gorgeous, mostly from parties who have seen them 
in the shows or in our gardens and indications are that 
our present stock of these two fine glads will be way short, 
unless possibly in blts. Per each, No. 3, $6.50; No. 4, 
$5.00: No 5, $3.50: No. 6, $2.00; Blts, each .40 or 10 for 




(About 85 days)...Sdlg, No. M-196. The most beautiful 
glad we have ever introduced and the most beautiful of 
all glads today of its size wearing very heavy ruffles. This 
is the opinion of many. Very strong attachment, very 
heavy substance, high percentage of straight stems, like 
most glads an occasional off placed floret, good reproducer 
and good germination of blts. If vou like ruffles and a big 
one with beauty to spare, you should gourge yourself with 
Gorgeous and you will not be disappointed. Stood the 
extreme hot sun the past summer without wilt or burn of 
florets. Light salmon with clean yellow blotch, no mark- 
ings, no flecking and not hooded. Healthy upright dark 
green foliage. We have had close to 7 inch florets, 34 inch 
flowerhead, 9 open, 6 in color, 65 inches overall. 

At the East Liverpool show in September, 1948, where 
sdigs, and named varieties were classed together, we made 
a three spike entry of Gorgeous under number, the only 
spikes we had in bloom at the time and tail end bloom at 
that, winning sectional champion, 3 spike champion, 
champion sdlg, and champion of the show. Not bad. 

The name defines the glad, GORGEOUS, the name 
that is in everyones mind when they sce the glad. 

We fully expect to see Gorgeous collect a neat show 
record in the next few years. Per each, No. 2, $8.00; No. 
3 $65 ONO ws e000 INO eto Us INO. O21 5200s Dlte, 
each .40 or 10 for $3.50. 

While our photographer muffed the ball, the illustration 
of Gorgeous in this list will give some idea as to general 
makeup of the spike. 



(About 85 days)...Sdig, No. M-132. Fine big clean 
colored golden orange with clean yellow blotch. Heavy 
substance, well ruffled, very strong attachment, just over 
51% inch, 9 open, 21 buds, 28 inch flowerhead, 60 inches 
overall. Straight strong ramrod stem with no support 
even in good crooking weather. Floret wide open, not 
hooded, excellent formal type and good reproducer. Has 
never been shown but will surely win plenty. Weather 
conditions cut down our stock of this one very heavy, so 
for this year we will offer only the following. Per each 
No=.6,.$25 0. Bits: eachs 0, 



(About 70 days)...Sdlg, No. K-102. A very delicate self 
colored pastel lavender with excellent formal type. Just 
enough lavender to allow showing in the lavender class. 
Out of over 70 to bloom for us the past summer, three 
came almost white. We feel safe in saying that Gracious 
will be a fine commercial even tho an occasional one turns 
up nearly white. Strong attachment, strong straight stem, 
ideal placement, 5% inch, 8-9 open, 6 in color, 20 buds, 
28 inch head, 60 inches overall. Upright dark green foliage. 
While blooming in 70 days in 1948, we are sure that with 
more favorable weather it will bloom in 65 days or less. 
Ohio State (Solon) first in 1947. Tri-State first in 1948. 

While a very good propagator our stock is still small 
but we decided to introduce it this year hoping our sales 
will be small. Per each No. 6, $2.50; Blts, each .50. 



(About 70 days)...Sdlg, No. OK-I 16. Big smoky orange, 
some feathering on tips. Large clean vivid R.O. blotch. 
Plain petals wide open, not hooded. Broad heavy straight 
dark green foliage. Fine formal type. Very robust grower. 
E-xcellent reproducer, blts, of very good and casy germina- 
tion. 6 inch floret, 26-28 buds, 34 inch flowerhead, 62 
inches overall. 12 open, we have had 14 open and think 
possibly it may do even better. Healthy straight dark 
green foliage, very good reproducer, blts of easy germina- 
tion. Fine performance from all spikes so far. Oper 
florets will discolor in extreme hot sun but not wilt. This 
big smoky is bound to do a lot of winning ia its class. 
Illustrated herein. Shown only three times. Ohio State 
(Solon) first 1947. Penna, State, (Pittsburgh) first, and 
East Liverpool, first and second day champion 1948. This 
is your new smoky to show for top chance to win in its 


A good stock of Wahoo allows us to introduce at, per 
each No. 6, $1.50; Bits, each .40 or 10 for $3.50. 

1948 Releases 


(About 85 days)...Beautiful shade of light chocolate 
with clean R.O. blotch. On the textile color card it is 
burnt orange and henna, with pimento blotch. The color 
is very rich and different from any other chocolate and 
never fails to draw plenty of attention and enthusiastic 
comments at shows and we have received many fine re- 
ports on it from our customers who grew it last year. Is 
bound to be a red hot contender in the AOC class at future 
shows when it gets to working from large bulbs. To date 
we have made only seven entries of Choctaw at shows 
the past three years, winning seven blue ribbons and two 
sectional championships, as follows. Ohio State (Solon) 
first. Chargrin Falls first. East Liverpool first and Sec- 
tional champ, 1946. East Liverpool first, 1947. Ohio 
State (Solon) first. East Liverpool first both one and three 
spike and sec. champ, 1948. 

Imagination does not clarify the real beauty of the 
unique color and vigorous growth of both spike and foliage 
of Choctaw. Excellent propagator. Blts, of easiest germ- 
ination. Formal type, 10 open, 22-24 buds; straight ram- 
rod stem, very strong attachment, 28 inch flowerhead, 60 
inches overall. Heavy straight upright dark green crinkly 
foliage with 12-13 leaves two inches across. Ninety per- 
cent of our spikes the past summer equaled the illustra- 
tion shown in this list. Exhibitors will make no mistake 
in growing CHOCTAW for their blue ribbon stretcher. 
Our stock of this variety escaped with very little damage 
the past summer so we have a fairly good supply and with 
a very substantial cut in price this year, it is your chance 
to grab off a good start NOW. Large $2.50; Medium $2.00; 
INNO* 6. hlezoce bits’ each 22520r 10 fors$2.00 


(About 80 days)...Wide open ruffled scarlet, a much im- 
proved Southern Drama. Not hooded. Excellent formal 
type, 9-10 open, 20 buds, 60 inches overall. Healthy up- 
right dark green foliage. Excellent propagator. 51% inch 
floret. Has given us wonderful performance every year 
and we do not hesitate to say it will be a fine commercial 
as well as a top show scarlet. Planted so late in season 
during 1946-47, we had no large bulbs from which to 
grow show spikes but now have a nice quantity for 1949 
planting and we fully expect to do some neat winning with 
Cheyenne. Was very outstanding the past summer from 
number 3-4 bulbs, 6-7 open on tall straight stems with 
probably a half dozen spikes with any off placed florets 
out of over 200. 

Believe we have ample stock this year to fill all retail 
orders. Large each $3.00; Medium $2.25; No. 6, $1.50: 
Bitsseach 3 0com LU torp2e5.0 




(About 85 days)...Like Purple Supreme in type, mark- 
ings and reproduction ability. Color is a beautiful shade 
of old rose. Not as tall and does not open as many as 
Purple Supreme. This variety did not give us as good per- 
formance as usual the past summer and the planting stock 
received the worst damage of anything in our planting. 
On top of this it developed a rogue of which there were 
three in over 70 to bloom. So for this reason we are offer- 
ing only blts, this year and only from stock that bloomed 

and of which we are sure are true. Blts., each .30. 
1947 Releases 



(About 85 days)...Nearest black rose of today. Very 
brilliant and rich under artificial light. Has given us fine 
performance every year and the past summer was ex- 
ceptionally fine. This glad is well liked by all who like 
dark colors. 54% inch, 9 open, 22 buds, 26 inch head, 55 
inches overall. Excellent substance, very strong attach- 
ment, nicely ruffled, wide open blue ribbon winner and 
good commercial in its color, fairly good propagator. Per 
each, Medium $2.00; No. 6, $1.50; Blts, cach .30 or 10 
fore 0.0% 



(About 85 days)...Big husky growing blue slate gray 
with deep orange and yellow blotch. Very out of the or- 
dinary color smoky. A hit with all who have seen or 
grown it. Probably many have seen the fine color slide 
among the Herbert O. Evans collection that has been 
shown well throughout North America. 6 inch floret, 8 
open, 20 buds, 28 inch head, 65 inches overall. Really a 
top smoky for the smoky fancier. Ohio State (Cleveland) 
first in 1946. East Liverpool second to our own first 3 
spike Flying Fortress in 1947. First one spike, first 3 
spike, first R.I. all at Penna. State show (Pittsburgh). 
West Virginia first. Ohio State (Solon) first, 1948. Very 
good propagator. Large $3.50; Medium $2.50; No. 6, 
SOB lisveach 30 on 10iforep3 00; 



(About 85 days)...A difficult smoky to describe. Orange 
gray with violet and orange blotch as near as we can get 
it. Good formal type. 51% inch, 12 or more open, 23 buds, 
27 inch head, 56 inches overall. First both one and three 
spike at Tri-State in 1946. Unable to catch shows with 
it since. Very good performer and should do a lot of win- 
ning. Some may not like the color, we do. 

Just a fair propagator so our stock is not large at this 
time and we shall offer only blts, this year at .40 each. 

1946 Releases 


(About 85 days)...Very clean ruffled orange buff with 
creamy yellow throat and picotee border of violet. A 
very charming glad that rates tops with us and is going 
strong as a commercial with quite a few growers. Blue 
ribbon winner that should do a lot more winning. 5 inch, 
9 open, 19 buds, 27 inch head, 60 inches overall. Your 
answer to beauty, quality and performance. Medium 

$1.25; No. 6, $1.00; Blts, each .15 or 10 for $1.00. 



(About 75 days)...Large orange and cream with yellow 
lip and crimson feather. Have had only one unfavorable 
report on this one, all others very good. Always an extra 
fine performer with us. We used it a lot in our hybridiz- 
ing the past summer. 7 inch floret, 8 open, 7 in color, 21 
buds, 30 inch head, 65 inches overall. Customers report 
6 inch floret from number 5-6 bulbs. Good formal type, 
strong attachment, strong straight stem, very good pro- 
pagator. Some growers report good demand from their 
florists. Medium each $1.25; Blts, each .15 or 10 for $1.00. 



(About 85 days)...Big clear chamois with yellow over 
buff throat. Formal type blue ribbon winner. Over 95% of 
florets make only one lip. A very pleasing color and a good 
type glad showing in the mammoth class. Medium $1.00: 
Smalle7o 4 bltsstwo: fon 2). 


We were compelled to cut down, owing to lateness, 
planting of the following so have very little to offer 

this season. 

NATALIE ANNE-1946. Large rose self except for small 
orange blotch. Good commercial with good show possi- 
bilities. Medium .75; Small .50; Blts, 3 for .30. 

VICTORY QUEEN-1945. Most everyone has seen this 
glad by now as it is quite extensively grown both for cut 
flowers and show. Has won many blues as well as color 
champion at several shows. Three years ago out of a good 
number in bloom we selected five top show spikes, these 
were really wonders in every way and from the bits, of 
these we have built up a fair stock from which we are 
now able to offer a small amount at a price a little above 
what others are asking for field run stock. Per each, 
Medium .60; Small .40; Blts, .15. 

OKLAHOMA-1945. Queen of the smokies. Not necessary 
to describe this one I hope, as many are listing it now. Our 
present stock is from careful selection. Medium .75; Small 
HO Biter om): 

FLYING FORTRESS-1943. King of the big smokies. 
Too well known to bother describing here. Many bluc 
ribbons, most open in show etc. Medium each .35; Small 
pe LolUSaes (Ole Da 

TONY-1945. Big clean chocolate, up to 7 inch floret. 
Blue ribbon winner. A very rich clean colored glad. Med- 
iums./ eomialleo OF Dits ei stor 30: 

LARIME-1943. Large formal deep orange with blotch. 
Orange tops with many growers. Winner of plenty of blue 
ribbons. Blts, only this year at 5 for .25. 

TUNISIA-1943. Large formal red opening 12-14 florets. 
Very fine and good winner. We believe it still can beat 
most of the present day reds. Blts, only, 6 for .25. 

Our stock of Snow Mountain, Lake Placid, Gracie Allen, 
jack Pot, Drum Major, and Daniel Boone is too small to 
quote on this year and our other 50 introductions we no 
longer grow, but are listed by others.