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 the Cates Family Glads 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 2014

Hello from the warm Cates kitchen!

2013 was a good year for glads. There was enough rain to keep them growing. A series of 90 degree days in July was short enough to do no damage.

Despite Elisabeth and Margaret being in a bank when it was robbed... despite Paul getting a leg injury in a freak accident, an injury which required 3½ months of elevation-type recuperation... we had a good season and have harvested an excellent crop of glad bulbs.

Were preparing our catalog, which will include most varieties from the 2013 book, plus a new introduction and several interesting re-introductions. This is a stock-rebuilding year for several Cates favorites, but if theres a variety that has been listed in the past that youd been hoping to get your hands on in 2014, give us a call -- we may have a few bulbs in that we could spare.

Im cutting this short to focus on catalog preparation. (Your reading this is evidence that we succeeded.)

Greetings to all our glad friends, and happy growing!

Previous Letters

2013: "We finished planting our glad bulbs on May 31st..." [READ MORE]
2012: "This is rare! Finally we had a growing season..." [READ MORE]
2011: "Well, you see, its like this..." [READ MORE]
2010: "We've never had a summer like the summer of 2009..." [READ MORE]
2009: "This growing season was too little of this, too much of that..." [READ MORE]
2008: "We moved our glads to new ground in 2007..." [READ MORE]
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]