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From the Home of Champions
Ge Meo Wiieon, Be D, No, 5,
OUR CHATTY NOOK
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?
NO ORDERS ACCEPTED FOR LESS THAN $3.00
ALL. VARIETIES IN: THIS*E1S 2 ORIGINATED IE
G. W. WILSON - GLADIOLUS HyYBRIDIST
Re DANG LISBON, OHIO
Mrs. RicHARD McGovERN X FRANCES M.
(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
VICTORY QUEEN X FRANCES M. IRWIN
(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.
VICTORY QUEEN X BEAUTY CLINIC
(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,
LAVENDER RUBRELES™ LAKE + LACID
(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.
GRAY PHANTOM X VAGABOND PRINCE
(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.
TREASURY GOLD X Mrs. RICHARD McGOvERN
(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
Reb Lory X COMMANDER KOEHL
(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
PuRPLE SUPREME X MALAY CHIEF
(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.
CHARLES DICKENS X JANET
(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
(GRAY PHANTOM X VAGABOND PRINCE
(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;
GRAY PHANTOM X VAGABOND PRINCE
(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.
PEGGY LOU MOTHER were Ee
(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.
PEGGYR OUI CURISISEEL
(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.
PECCyYe SOUR a CRIRISLACET
(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
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.