- Here is the
newsletter for July. The weather has been very cooperative
except for the few HOT weekends. Summer is definitely here and
the hot weather is starting again. Keep telling myself that it’s
not that bad, but each year the weather disagrees with my logic
and wins out every time. Keep cool and see ya all at the next
- Pete Addeo,
Missoula Iris Society
- DATE &
SATURDAY, JULY 12th, 6:30 pm. Meeting
Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Home of Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Rd. on rear
patio. Call 728-4743 for directions. Bring a lawn chair if you
Demonstration on preparing iris for the sale.
Meeting will discuss the upcoming sale..
- WELCOME 6 NEW MEMBERS:
Gene and Lynette Kirschenheiter, 352 S. Easy St, Missoula, MT
59802, phone 240-0199,
Arnie & Teri Kirschenheiter, 1960 Mullan Trail, Missoula, MT
59808, Ph 549-3080,
- email for Teri:
Scott Burns Drake, 937 Cooley St, Missoula, MT 59802. email
Redler, 2408 S 4th St W, Missoula,MT 59801, ph# 549-2864, email
THAT THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN AUGUST AS USUAL.
- RON DUNN
IS DOING BETTER
- We heard
rumors that Ron was feeling well enough to get out and about
again. He was seen at the Farmers Market.
Swede and Pete have been handling the eventual completion of the
storage shed. The shed is all buttoned up and we finished the
roof this last weekend. Still have the skin to put on and finish
the roof with the venting. We will hopefully be finished with
the project by the time of the sale.
Tags to mark your iris for the sale will be
available at our meeting, or contact Carol at 251-5833.:
SCHEDULE FOR JULY
- Lots of
things going on in July, as this is our last important event of
the summer. Schedule as follows:
ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 26th
from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Sorting and drop off
location is Addeo's back yard in Linda Vista. Address is 5805
Helena Dr. Call 251-5833 for directions. Drop off your cleaned
and labeled rhizomes to their garage between Tuesday July 22nd
thru Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.prior to the sale.
Sale Committee - Sale Chairpersons are Pete and Carol
Addeo. Anyone wanting to be part of the sale planning committee
please contact Carol Addeo. So far we have Alverta and Billie
signed up. We'll just have one meeting, to be sure we've
thought of everything. Tentative date for that meeting is
Wednesday, July 9th at 2 p.m. on the Addeo back deck. Anyone
wanting to participate or learn more about the sale procedures
is welcome to join. Call Carol at 251-5833 to confirm. Please
donate your paper grocery bags to the sale. You can bring them
to our meeting or to Addeo's yard. Also be thinking about what
you can dig for the sale.
FORT GARDENS WORK PARTY - Sunday, July 20 - 1:00
p.m. until ??? This is always a fun work party, watching Pete
soak himself as he cleans the iris, so join in the fun. We will
be digging, cleaning, dividing, and labeling. Unfinished work
carried to Addeo's to be finished on Mon and
Tues, if needed. Bring scissors, clippers, garden marker pens,
paper grocery bags and bug spray. We'll bring cold drinking
HELP NEEDED: Some people have tons of iris to divide and
dig, and may need help digging or cleaning. Volunteer your
services where needed. Calls may be put out for help if
needed on Monday and Tuesday before the sale. Of course, help
is needed Thursday and Friday with sorting, organizing, etc. and
help is needed on Saturday with the sale.
SORTING WORK PARTIES - Thursday and Friday, July 24th &
25th. 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Addeo's back yard. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT, IF
ONLY FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS
STONE SOUP PARTY - Friday, July 25th 6:30 p.m. at Addeo's. Bring
a soup ingredient, we'll supply the meat stock. Or bring a
dessert or bread.
Saturday, July 26th - 7:30 a.m. Set up for the sale
Saturday - 1:00 p.m. - PARTY TIME! After-sale
party after the sale is closed and clean up is completed. We
meet in the back patio of Billie Gray's home at 1558 S.6th St
West. Pizza, chicken, soft drinks and beer provided. This is
usually where we all receive the Presidential Rhizomes we won
during the year. We also have a fun auction on any extras we
Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications carefully.
These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the
sale preparations on Thursday and Friday.
PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!
1. Iris rhizomes shall be grown by MIS members only.
2. ALL RHIZOMES are to be WASHED, TRIMMED & LABELED as to
variety and type PRIOR to delivery to the collection site. Trim
fans to about 4 inches - 6 inches depending on type and roots to
about 4 inches. MIS will provide labels. These labels should be
stapled to the leaves. MDB's and SDB's should be in bundles of
three rhizomes. IB's and MTB's should be in bundles of two
rhizomes. Beardless iris are to be in clumps.
3. Iris varieties introduced 30 years or more before the year
of the sale are to be labeled with year of introduction and
separated from newer varieties.
4. Pricing of rhizomes is at the discretion of the sale
committee. Age is considered but NOT color for setting the
5. All rhizomes are to be delivered to the designated
collection site by 9pm WEDNESDAY preceding the sale.
6. Sorting, etc. will be done on THURSDAY and competed on
FRIDAY. Chairperson to select committee of MIS members to assist
in this process.
7. There are to be NO PRE-SALE orders.
1. There is to be NO TRADING of rhizomes among members at the
COLLECTION SITE. Members ARE encouraged to share or trade
before bringing rhizomes to the collection site.
2. The sale chairperson shall determine which varieties may be
traded/purchased by the MIS members. The trading/sale hours are
Thursday, 6pm - 9pm and Friday, 9am - 12pm.
3. Members donating rhizomes may:
A. Take ONE rhizome for each variety donated (no matter
how many of any one variety are donated)
B. Take LIKE variety donated (SDB for SDB, TB for TB,
C. Take NO MORE THAN ONE (1) RHIZOME of any one
D. May NOT choose from a variety that has fewer than
SIX rhizomes in the box.
4. Members NOT donating rhizomes may purchase rhizomes (with
the above restrictions)
5. Varieties 5 YEARS and NEWER from date of introduction will
be so marked & priced accordingly. Fort Display Garden
Chairperson has first choice of any varieties.
6. GRAB BAGS of iris rhizomes may be made up of unnamed or
overstocked varieties at discretion of the chairperson by
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE SALE !
Iris Show Report for June 14, 2008.
We had 17 entries as follows:
1. Alverta Symes
2. Ron Dowell
3. Donna Dowell
4. Gary Clark
5. Ed Verplancke
6. Anita Cervenak
7. Scott Drake
8. Elizabeth Friesz
9. Cindy Davis
10. Tom Thompson
11. Fred Frey
12. Roger Muir
13. Swede Gustafson
14. Lynn Weger
15. Tim Hawe
16. Leona Wyckoff
17. Jeanette Graham
We had 169 Blooms
Gary Clark won the Silver medal with 10 Blues and Elizabeth
Friesz won the Bronze with 9 Blues.
Best Design Donna Dowell
Best of Show Swede Gustafson - Secret Admirer
Best Purple " "
Best TB " "
1st Runner Up Roger Muir - Bach Tocatta
Best MTB " " " "
2nd Runner Up Alverta Symes - ZZ Zanzibar
Best Species " " " "
3rd Runner Up Swede Gustafsom - Sugi Uri
Best Lavendar " " " "
Best Siberian " " "
Best Youth Kallie Wurth - Best Bet
Best Aril Fred Frey - Suspect
Best Bi-Color Donna Dowell - Brazilian Holiday
Best Neglecta Ron Dowell - World Premier
Best Blend Swede Gustafson - Chinook Winds
Best Amoena Gary Clark - Stairway to Heaven
Best Banded Cindy Davis - Rodeo Star
Best Variegata Swede Gustafson - Prague
Best Blue Elizabeth Friesz - Silverado
Best BB Gary Clark - Crows Feet
Best SDB Cindy Davis - Pokemon
Best White Gary Clark - Fleece as White
Best Plicata Tim Hawe - Freedom Song
Best Novice " "
Hybridizer's Award Elizabeth Friesz
Best English Box Jeanette Graham
People's Choice Tim Hawe
I'd like to give Special Thanks to Scotty Drake, for all his
help prior to the show, for putting together ribbons, polishing
silver along with show set-up and always coming to help when
asked. Also a Special Thank You to Leona Wyckoff for helping
with the Paper work during and after the show. Also Thanks to
everyone who helped in any and always from set up to tear down
of the show.
Show Chair Person
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a
- Happy day to
Cindy Davis, July 5th; Billie Gray, July 12th; and Fred Frey –
July 20th. Have a happy birthday all
- Treasurer's Report from Pete Addeo:
- The numbers
are for the month of June 2008,
Club Savings Account CD
Club Savings Account
May 31 Balance
June 11 – Tour Income
Expenses Paid – June
Copy Shop – Tour Tickets
Alayne Hilditch – Balloons for Tour
Show Judges & runners from Club
Jeannette Graham – Visiting Show Judge
Cindy Davis – Show ribbons & awards
Balance – May 31,
from the Tour was $595.50. Expenses for the Tour was $28.38.
Budget was $400.00. Grand total net profit from the MIS Iris
Tour came out to be $566.62.
June 7, 2008
- The meeting
was called to order by President Cindy Davis. A motion was made
by Linda Saddler and seconded by Ed Verplancke that the
secretary’s report be approved as published in the Falls and
Standards. A like motion to accept the treasurer’s report
as printed was made by Ed Verplancke and seconded by Ron Dowell.
The tour was deemed a success especially since the weather more
closely resembled a mid-winter artic front than a spring day in
June. The highest number of people to show up in any one yard
was 53. Ticket sales brought in over $500.00. The exact amount
is still to be determined because all the bills had not been
turned in. The expenses were not expected to be too much
because some members donated some of the materials. Alayne
Hilditch donated the signs and balloons that marked the tour
garden locations. Pete Addeo donated all the printed materials.
Nursery sold 11 tickets. Billie Gray sold 8 tickets at Farmers’
- It was
brought to the Society’s attention that one of the tour
participants had suggested that the tickets of those who went to
all the gardens should be entered into a raffle. The completed
tickets could be turned in at the last garden visited. This was
thought to have some merit. A discussion followed ending with a
consensus that it would be better and easier to have coupons at
each garden to give to those who had gone to all the gardens.
These coupons would be for free iris to be selected at the
rhizome sale. It was felt that the logistics of handing out
coupons would be simpler than those of a raffle and would have
the added benefit of luring more people to the sale.
The skin is all on. Now help is needed to do the roof. Work is
still scheduled for each Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Work
is also being done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. on.
At least two people are needed at these work sessions; more
would be better!
There is lots of bloom. Members should look at the garden this
week because it is peak bloom. Elizabeth Friesz reported that
mulching with pine needles really helps the wimpy iris and those
that are prone to rot.
The show is ready to go. Help is needed Friday night to set up
tables. Table cloths and runners will need to be placed on the
tables. There are only 22 tables this year so it may be
necessary to stage the iris back to back. The name tags are
done and ready to go; the ribbons almost ready. Iris tags can
be picked up at the end of the meeting or contact Cindy. She
- Judges for
the show are: Alverta Symes (head judge), Gary Clark, Cindy
Davis, Jeannette Graham, Swede Gustafson, Roger Muir, Ann
Violette, and Lynn Weger. Carol Neil and Gary Clark will judge
the flower arrangements. Clerks assisting the judges are:
Donna Dowell, Scott Drake, Betty Ann Gustafson, Alayne Hilditch,
Jean Macaraeg, and Tommy Thompson. Elinor Utech will cover the
registration table. Show take-down will follow the banquet.
The after-show banquet will begin about 5:30 p.m. at Applebee’s.
- Presidential Rhizome:
Alverta Symes and Fred Frey. Due to a snafu in the drawing
process and in an attempt to be fair, two rhizomes were awarded
Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Road. 728-4743 if you need
directions. Jim says to bring your own lawn chair (BYOC) as
they have some chairs but not enough for everyone.
- The “August”
meeting is traditionally held at Billie Gray’s house immediately
after the Iris Sale, Saturday, July 26th. Please note that
there is no meeting held in August. The September meeting
will be at Leona Wyckoff’s place on Gooden Lane. Host homes are
needed for the October and November meetings.
Verplancke moved the meeting be adjourned; seconded by Gary
Clark. The meeting was adjourned.
- Before-meeting program: Roaming around Elizabeth’s iris beds
oohing and aahing over her iris and iris seedlings. (And
watching the humming birds!)
- After-meeting program: Elizabeth introduced us to iris
hybridizing. This was a hands-on program. Each person had an
iris to pollinate. We were shown where to place the pollen so
pollination would occur. More than a few of us found we were
all thumbs! For those who couldn’t make the meeting, you
missed a good experience and a lot of fun. Perhaps we can
persuade Elizabeth to repeat this program again sometime in the
- Thank you,
Elizabeth, for a fun and informative program and for allowing us
to browse through your gardens.