Notes from Up North

Although we're not the northernmost supplier of gladiolus in the Western Hemisphere, we're pretty far up there! With that in mind, the annual letter which appears in our catalog is called "Notes from Up North." Generally we convince Paul to write it while Elisabeth and the rest of the Cates Family Glads team work on inventory and creating the price list. It's our way of keeping in touch with our loyal customer base.


January 2007

Another wet summer in 2006 created a situation of "planting between the raindrops." Fortunately, there was a dry period early in April during which we got 90% of the crop in the ground!

As usual I resolved, "No new glads this year. We already have cultivars enough!" Then of course we tried out about 50 new varieties. Many were outstanding, especially some of of the new Hartline varieties.

Again our list is a combination of heirloom and newer varieties, with the older ones our specialty. We have recently acquired a dozen or more "brand new" (for us) glads from the pre-1970 era. As numbers become adequate in future years we'll add them to our list.

Suddenly Bibi has gained additional interest. In an article about antique glads in Holland I discovered its correct classification number, 363, and year of introduction, 1954. I apologize for previous incorrect information.

We are pleased to offer our first new introduction: Bob Martin's unusual double glad Dorothy S., named after his wife. Please see the new introductions page for photos and a lengthy description.

Wishing you all a great growing season!



Previous Letters

2006: "That was a stunning picture of the new All-American glad..." [READ MORE]
2005: "Shortly after the Albany convention I received a call..." [READ MORE]
2001: "We feel a strong sense of loyalty to old-time glads..." [READ MORE]
2000: "This year I resolved to follow Botran directions exactly..." [READ MORE]
1997: "If you're selling glads commercially, color becomes your focus..." [READ MORE]
1996: "It always seemed to me to be a minor scandal..." [READ MORE]