Here is the
newsletter for July. Considering the weather, our gardens were
spectacular this year. The colors were amazing. Now all we need is
one of our average summers without all the hot, hot stuff coming our
way. Maybe the last few weeks are an indication of a “normal”
Montana summer again. Keep your shovels crossed.
Missoula Iris Society
11TH, 6:30 pm.
Home of Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Rd. Call 728-4743 for
program as known
– “Colors in Nature”: Gary Clark, chair. I want to say thanks to
all of the exhibitors for all of their participation, the judges and
clerks as well. Thanks to Betty Ann for the ribbon making, and to
Swede, Jim and Linda Sadler, Ron & Donna Dowell, Alverta and Roger
for all their devoted hours of setting up, staying all day at the
show and for tearing down the displays. There were 11 exhibitors
with 70 entries.
Best of Show –
Elizabeth Friesz with IB, “Glazed Gold”
Best SDB – Fred
Best MDB – Roger
Best Design –
Jim Sadler, “Open Winter of Montana” using ale dried & brown iris
Award – most blues – Roger Muir with 15 blues
Award – Elizabeth Friesz with 11 blues
was held June 13, 2009. Report from Donna Dowell.......
WE HAD 17 ENTRANTS, INCLUDING 3 NOVICE NONMEMBERS.
A TOTAL OF 111 BLOOMS.
BEST OF SHOW WAS WON BY DONNA DOWELL WITH THE BLOOM BLACK SUITED.
BEST OF SHOW BY A NOVICE WAS WON BY LEONA WYKOFF.
BEST OF SHOW DESIGN WAS WON BY GARY CLARK FOR THE DESIGN,GEMINI.
ARTISTIC AWARD WAS WON BY DONNA DOWELL.
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD WAS WON BY RON DOWELL WITH GNU AGAIN.
THE GOLD MEDAL WAS WON BY ELIZEBETH FREISE WITH 11 BLUE RIBBONS
THE BRONZE MEDAL WAS WON BY GARY CLARK WITH 10 BLUE RIBBONS.
- Tags to mark your iris for the sale should be available at our
meeting, or contact Ron Dowell.
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 25th 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 21st thru Wednesday at
9:00 p.m. prior to the sale. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!
Sale Committee - Sale Chairpersons is Ron Dowell. Please
donate your paper grocery bags to the sale.
FORT GARDENS WORK PARTY - Sunday, July 19- 10:00 a.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.
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 23rd and
24th 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 24th, 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 25th - 7:30 a.m. Set up for the sale at Fort
Missoula. Bring pitchforks.
Saturday - 1:15 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 receive.
RHIZOME SALE GUIDELINES
Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications carefully.
These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the
sale preparations 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 price.
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
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, etc)
C. Take NO MORE THAN ONE (1) RHIZOME of any one variety.
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
5. Varieties 5 years and newer from date of introduction will be so
marked and 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 Friday.
HOPE TO SEE
EVERYONE AT THE SALE !
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to
Cindy Davis – July 5th, Fred Frey – July 20th and Billie
Gray – July 12th. Happy Birthday to all.
Minutes of June 6, 2009 Meeting:
meeting was held at the home of Elizabeth Friesz. President Ron
Dowell called the meeting to order. The treasurer’s report was
presented by Swede Gustafson as follows:
Balance: April 30, 2009
Judges Training Income
Balance: May 31, 2009
Balance: March 30,
2009 $ 3416.66
Balance: May 31, 2009
$ 3304.83 corrected total per phone conversation with
since March report: Tom Thompson, Ann Violette, Jean Marcaraeg,
Leona Wyckoff, Nancy and Pat Ryan, and Cleo Swanson.
Expenses paid since March Report
Betty Ann Gustafson $
20.99 for Sunshine business
57.11 for Median Show
Paul Ronaldo Sprinklers
70.00 for Fort Garden sprinkler repairs
26.73 for Sib. bed wall reconstruction
It was moved by
Fred Frey and seconded by Billie Gray that the treasurer’s report be
accepted as published in the Falls and Standards. The motion
The May, 2009,
minutes were amended as follows: Under Fort Gardens, the
phrase “a sign for the new versicolor iris” be changed to
read “a sign for the versicolor iris.” The versicolor iris have
been in the garden for quite awhile. The Shed report should
read that Swede Gustafson would see that the shed got painted. He
would not actually be involved in the painting. Ed Verplancke moved
the minutes be approved as amended. Leona Wyckoff seconded the
motion, and it passed.
Iris Show: The Show programs were handed out. The theme is
“Reach To The Stars.” Fred Frey reported that he has placed
advertising in all the media. Donna Dowell reported that the judges
are expected to be Cindy Davis, Gary Clark, Swede Gustafson, Roger
Muir, and Ann Violette. Cindy may not judge if she is still sick.
Donna also said more clerks were needed. Alayne Hilditch and Anita
set up for the show will be Friday, June 12, 2009, beginning at 8:00
p.m. at Southgate Mall in Penney’s courtyard. Everyone was
encouraged to help. Twenty tables are needed for the show. Southgate
Mall management provides the tables. There was some discussion as
to whether twenty tables were available. The consensus of the group
was to rent more tables if more were needed. No formal vote was
taken on this point. All the blocks and tubes and table dressings
used for staging are to be brought to the Mall. Most are currently
stored in the shed; a few are at Gary Clark’s.
Entry registrations will begin at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, June 13,
2009, and close about 9:45 a.m. A judges’ and clerks’ meeting will
be held in the Community Room starting at 9:30 a.m. Judging will
begin at 10:00 a.m. No entries will be allowed once the judging has
begun. The Community Room will be open at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and
donuts will be set up in the Community Room. The donuts and coffee
will be provided by Ron and Donna Dowell.
banquet following the judging will be at the Montana Club on North
Reserve. Start time: 5:30 p.m. Food will be chosen from the menu.
Sale: Fred Frey has made up posters that specifically advertise
the sale. He asked that members take some and spread them around
town. He, again, asked those putting up posters check back weekly
to see that the posters are still up. Some stores take them down on
a weekly basis. Betty Ann Gustafson said she would make more copies
of posters. These would be placed on the corners of the display
tables during the Iris Show for people to pick up and to take home.
Shed: There is still one back door to finish and hang. Bob
Brown has requested that MIS get this done as soon as possible
because homeless people are sleeping in the open end of the shed.
This is a liability issue for the Museum.
Lindemann, after consulting with Bob Brown, said that he would like
the shed to match the building next door. He would rather have
colored stain than paint on the shed. Bob felt that stain would
last longer. Zona checked with ACE Hardware, and they can match the
color on the adjacent building. Bob said the Museum has an account
at ACE, and it was possible for MIS to obtain the stain there.
Swede Gustafson talked with Steve Bayha of Paint by Numbers about
painting the shed. Steve estimated that he could spray paint the
entire building for $765.00 not including the trim and soffits if
MIS members caulked in all the seams and cracks prior to his
painting. Steve would use Flood SWF-SOLID, a premium acrylic finish
designed specifically for outdoor wood surfaces including T1-11.
Steve estimated that it would take 13 gallons of paint. We need to
give Steve a two-day notice when we’re ready to paint. Bob Brown
wants the shed finished and painted in time for the Fort’s Fourth of
July celebration. Donna Dowell moved that we hire Steve Bayha to
paint the shed and that we finish the painting by the Fourth of
July. Ed Verplancke seconded. The motion passed.
Swede said he would talk with Pete Addeo about getting the remaining
door finished and hung.
Fort Gardens: Billie Gray announced that she has been weeding
at the Fort Gardens on Friday afternoons. Everyone is invited to
come and weed with her. Actually she encouraged us to weed any day
of the week that fit our individual schedules. We desperately need
to have the weeds gone by July Fourth.
Billie made a plea for keeping the soil inside the beds when
weeding. Or, if that isn’t possible, to make sure the soil that
spills over into the grass is put back into the beds so the edging
is not bridged by the soil. The grass has an uncanny knack
of finding the “bridges” and gleefully invading all that
of the beds were passed out by Billie. Each bed was divided into
numbered “weeding” sections. Every person was encouraged to take on
one or two sections as their personal responsibility. Billie is
keeping a master map for those of us who may forget our section
Digging for the sale will be Sunday, July 19, 2009. Start time is
10:00 a.m. People are also needed all day to help wash and label
rhizome was won by Billie Gray.
It was moved by
Ed Verplancke and seconded by Betty Ann Gustafson that the meeting
be adjourned, and so it was!
presented a short program about the rot problems he has in his
gardens this spring. One of his beds has iris with fans and stalks
smashed down as though someone had stepped on them. When he pulled
off the fans, a foul odor occurred. The rhizomes were soft and
pudding-like. The tips of the fans turn brown. The problem was
mainly confined to a bed that he had planted two years ago. Fred
passed around some pictures he had taken of his diseased iris. He
went on line to see if he could find out what kind of rot he had and
what to do about it. He found that there are four basic rots found
in iris. They are crown rot, dry rot, gray bulb rot and soft rot.
These rots are caused by different fungi from the same family. Gray
bulb rot displays small brown pellets on the iris at the soil line.
The on-line sources suggested he treat his affected beds every week
to 10 days with a PCN trichlore drench. Both Ortho and Bayer have
products with this ingredient. Our weather this spring has been
ideal for fungal growth. Fred didn’t know how the fungus got on his
iris, but he noted that the Oregon growers have had to treat their
iris and soils every year to keep a handle on these diseases.
Thank you, Fred,
for this timely information and the caution to pay closer attention
to our iris. And thank you to Elizabeth for sharing her home and
gardens with us.