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 2008

We moved our glads to new ground in 2007. Perhaps thatís the reason why our corms are especially healthy.

This is a fun year for cataloguing. Stars of the show are our ďbrand newĒ introductions of several old-timers, including some rare ones. A number of others are waiting in the wings for numbers to build up for future listing. You will also find quite a few new names in our standard listing. Several names from last yearís listing are missing, which simply means that we are re-stocking. (If you miss one from years past, ask for it. We will likely have some stock.)

Last year I said that to get a wider sampling of opinion on our Bakerís Dozen seedling "Glad," I will deduct a dollar from the invoice of anyone willing to try it. (I didnít really care for it. Several of the family think itís great!) We would appreciate hearing your opinion. A couple of other Bakerís Dozen seedlings show great promise and we hope to introduce them when stock is adequate.

I write these lines at our kitchen table. With oil prices as they are, our wood-heated kitchen is the most comfortable room in the house.

We wish you all a joyous new year, including great satisfaction gained from the beauty of blossoms harvested from your glad patch!



Previous Letters

2007: "Another wet summer meant planting between the raindrops..." [READ MORE]
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]