Thanks to all who contributed to getting me started grafting this first spring. Well, the report card is in. Bottom line is that Mother Nature did her part. As long as I played by her rules, the grades were about a B+. When I screwed up - - well suffice to say she didn't grade on a curve. I flunked. All my apple and pear grafts were highly satisfactory. I had MoonGlow, Bartlett, Keiffer and Ayers scion wood and grafted all to deer pear trees about 5 years old. I did bark, cleft w+t and whips. Success rate was right at 90%. My apples were Gala, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp. Again, used all the grafts and had a good 90%. So much for the good news. The last day I grafted apples, I also had my persimmon scion wood with me in the cooler. I'd hoped that the persimmons had broken dormancy and were ready to graft. Well, by the time I'd finished the apple grafting, I'd run out of daylight and had to really rush to make it back home. I didn't check gear leaving the field - - and left the cooler behind. It was six days before I discovered my error - six warm, long days. I had cooked my persimmon scions!!! I got back up there and did the grafting and left with my fingers crossed. Nope, Mother Nature is kind of unforgiving on klutzy mistakes. So thank you Todd for the kind contribution of Okie scions - and I hope you'll be amenable to helping my re-start next spring.