Here is the August Newsletter. Don't forget the Annual Iris Rhizome Sale on
Saturday, July 31st. DON'T FORGET THE WORK PARTY THIS SUNDAY, JULY 25th,
AT THE FORT MISSOULA GARDENS! Help is always needed and volunteers are always
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
No Formal meeting for August. July 25th Work Party instead at the
Pot Luck dinner at the home of Pete And Carolyn Addeo, Friday, July
30th, 6pm. Call 251-5833 if you need directions.
Digging of iris for the sale at the Fort Missoula Gardens, Sunday, July
The upcoming Iris sale
FYI NEW INFORMATION:
NO MEETING IN AUGUST.
Don't forget the work party Sunday July 25th at Fort
Missoula Iris Gardens. Help is needed digging iris for the sale. If
you can't dig, just bring along a chair and a marking pen and you can
help mark labels.
A one hour judges training workshop is also planned at the Fort
Gardens on Saturday July 24th from 3-4 p.m. Billie Gray will talk
about choosing the iris ready for dividing and iris diseases. We
could all learn a little from that, so try to attend.
Help is also needed Thursday and Friday July 29th and 30th sorting
iris at the Pete and Carol Addeo sorting yard. Drop in for a couple
hours or whatever. Any help you can give would be appreciated. There
are a variety of jobs people can help with, including looking up
pictures, marking labels, bagging up Siberians, etc. Snacks and
drinks will be provided both days so it'll be fun sitting in the shade
and listening to the soothing pond waterfall.
Also don't forget the pot luck get together Friday evening July
30th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Addeo sorting grounds. That's the
evening we load up the sale iris in the pickup for transport to the
sale the next morning.
For sale guidelines, see the July newsletter on the website. The
collection point will be at the Addeo home in Linda Vista. Rhizomes
can be delivered to their garage beginning Sunday, July 25th up until
early Thursday morning. Please read the pre-sale guidelines from last
Plan to attend the Rhizome Sale on Saturday morning July 31 from 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Gardens. All members are encouraged to
get there early (about 8:00 a.m) to help set up. After the sale, the
garden party of pizza, chicken and drinks will be at the home of
Billie Gray. We always have a lot of fun at that annual event and you
won't want to miss it if you have a Presidential Rhizome coming.
For those who plan to dig iris for the sale, name tags are available
through Cindi Davis or Carol Addeo.
The September 11th meeting will be at the home of Sandy
Greene. How about a program on "favorite garden tools." Members bring
along your favorite garden tools and give a brief presentation on why
you like it so much. You might also bring along info on cost and how
to purchase it, since it's a sure thing if you like the tool so much,
other members will want one too.
FORT IRIS GARDENS
Billie Gray passed out an information sheet on the Fort
Iris Gardens at the last meeting. She has numbered each of the beds
and many members have been assigned a bed to be responsible for during
the coming year. Weeding would be helpful but is not mandatory. If any
member has not yet been assigned to a bed, please see Billie Gray
SUMMARY OF BILLIE'S SUGGESTIONS ABOUT OUR PUBLIC GARDENS:
1. Everybody to choose bed and section numbers.
2. Monitor and keep track of information pertinent to
these beds/sections that will make us more knowledgeable of the
characteristics of the iris in each section.
LEARN ABOUT THE IRIS IN YOUR SECTION:
1. Iris type - (tall bearded, Siberian, etc)
2. Name of iris and place in the bed
3. Hybridizer and year of introduction
4. Supplier - (MIS member, Sutton, Schreiner's, etc)
and year planted at the Fort Gardens.
5. Some history - Parentage, country, etc.
6. A photo of the iris in bloom, single blossom and the
clump with the info written on the back of the photo
I would further suggest that
the duties of making sure of the label on the bed and deadheading
after bloom would be assumed by the member. I think it would be
interesting to have a short report about the iris from each section
keeper throughout the year at the meetings, showing the photo and some
comments about extra good performance, color, etc.
While we do not expect weeding
from the membership in general, keep in mind that whatever weeding we
do, we don't have to pay to have it done. Also we are only paying for
weeding and all the other housekeeping chores are still the
responsibility of the members.
I think it might be fun to
make a contest of the most complete information collected over the
season. Prize to be an iris of course.
CARE AND TREATMENT OF THE IRIS IN YOUR CARE:
Try and schedule one session a
month to clean off dead foliage and furing the bloom season 1 day a
week that you could keep them in good looking condition.
When we get to the end of the
season and are cutting back, please let's make them look as consistent
as possible. I am arbitralily setting 3" - 4" high for cutting back
Tall Beardeds; 2" - 3" for Siberians and Spurias, and 2" - 3" for the
babies (MDB's, SDB's, IB's and MTB's)
When digging out the iris
clumps for the sale, it is terribly important that soil not be left
bridging over the edging. We have found that it lets grass find it's
way into the beds and creates a bad maintenance problem. Be careful
and aware! (Watch this when you are doing any weeding too.)
We also need to keep the other
perennials and annuals deadheaded in order for these gardens to keep
their beauty. That is our job! I hope we can make this be a banner
year and have a great time doing it!!
The Fort Chairman will be
responsible for feeding, pesticide application, and choosing which
iris will be dug for the sale. Please give us input if you notice a
problem in your section.
Please have a good time with
this and let's aim for a fabulous year. Our most grateful thanks for
being involved with this really remarkable project. We can't do it
PRESIDENTIAL RHIZOME WINNERS - 2003 - 2004
- September 2003 - Gary Clark
- October 2003 - Faye Pederson
- November 2003 - Roger Muir
- December 2003 - Pete Addeo
- January 2004 - Carol Addeo
- February 2004 - Donna Dowell
- March 2004 - Hazel Richlie
- April 2004 - Bob Brown
- May 2004 - Cleo Swanson
- June 2004 - No Drawing - No Meeting
- July 2004 - Lynn Weger
- August 2004 - Eleanor Utech
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Jerry Bowers - August 14th and Ken Swanson - August 16th. Have a happy
birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along with it.
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE SALE AND DON'T FORGET TO COME AND
HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY BEFORE THE SALE!
- Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, July
- The meeting was called to order by Vice President
Ann Violette at 8:05 p.m. at the home of Pete and Carol Addeo.
Minutes - There were no minutes from June as a meeting was not held.
Treasurers Report - Treasurers report was read by Swede Gustafson.
Beginning balance: $373.55
Less Expenses 329.34
Ending Balance $341.71
$100.00 in cash withdrawn from savings for show judges and clerks
lunch money at the iris show.
Checking Account Deposits:
Transfer from Savings Account 250.00
Sale of plant markers 5.50
Cash donation, calendars
Checking Account Expenses:
Big Sky Publishing - newsletter
Billie Gray - Fort Garden Expenses 130.00
Gary Clark - 2003/04 show expenses 22.12
Visiting show judges expenses 75.00
Ann Violette - 2004 show expenses
Rhizome Sale Report - Cindi Davis, chairperson for the
sale, asked for cashier volunteers. Errnie Lucera, Claudia Brown,
Sonia Delapiazza and and Nancy Ryan volunteered. Someone is also
needed for the garden marker table. Bob Symes will pick up rental
tables and be at the fort by 8:10 or 8:15 a.m. Help is needed
unloading and setting them up the day of the sale. Claudia reminded
everyone that because of the sprinkler system, driving on the lawn
must be restricted to a particular area. Wayne and Hazel Richlie need
help digging iris for the sale. The collection point is the Addeo
home and can start as early as Sunday July 25th. If no one is home,
put the rhizomes in the garage. Zona has lots of paper bags to
share. Honk will bring flats.
Sorting will begin Wednesday evening and all day
Thursday and Friday. Help is needed Thursday and Friday. A potluck
supper will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday July 30th at the Addeo sorting
Fort Gardens Report
- Billie Gray said iris
bloom was good. Digging for both sale and renovation will begin
Sunday July 25th at 10:00 a.m. Help is needed because there is a lot
to dig. Many of the clumps are enormous, she said. Digging will be
beds 1-4 only. Twenty year old rhizomes are going out; some historics
being re-planted. She is ordering new varieties to be planted later.
She reminded membership that next year is the 25th
Anniversary of the Fort Iris Gardens, started in 1981.
She showed a chart of the gardens, with all beds
numbered and passed out an informational sheet on the gardens and
membership participation. Some beds have already been assigned to
members, other members signed up for beds at the meeting.
Spokane Rhizomes - Ann Violette mentioned that the Spokane club is
offering new varieties for sale to our club for $1.00 if they have any
left over from their sale. A motion was made by Eleanor Utech that we
accept the offer from the Spokane Iris Society to purchase some iris
for the Fort Gardens and for members, for $1.00 each, if they have
any left. Seconded by Claudia Brown. The motion was amended by Zona
Lindemann to include the phrase "year 2000 or newer". The final
motion reads , "We accept the offer from the Spokane Iris Society to
purchase some iris for the Fort Gardens and for members for $1.00
each, if they have any left, and provided they are year 2000 or
newer." The motion was read by the secretary and passed by a show of
More discussion followed on the Fort Budget of $500 and who would be
in charge of the selection. Zona made a motion to authorize the
Fort Chair Billie Gray to make the selections for the Fort provided
she does not exceed the fort budget. She should notify the membership
of what is available from Spokane. Seconded by Betty Ann Gustafson.
The motion passed by a show of hands. Ann will print and mail a copy
of the Spokane list to Billie when it is known what is available.
Judges Training Fees - Swede read a list of those members who owe
$5.00 for the judges training seminar.
New Membership Inquiries - Pete has had two inquiries about MIS
membership from the web site. Zona is Membership Chair and will
Best of Show Awards - Gary Clark was given a plaque for Best of Show
and People's Choice Awards. It was a very Gary show.
Presidential Rhizome - Lynn Weger won for July; Eleanor Utech won for
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Carol Addeo, Secretary