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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - July 2012



Here is the newsletter for July. Summer is here and the weeds are taking over. Someone has to develop a spray that will kill just the weeds and let everything else grow. Just spray it all over the gardens and "POOF" instant weeded planters!!


Pete Addeo,  Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society



DATE & TIME: SATURDAY, July 7, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M. Usual potluck supper followed by meeting.
PLACE: Home of Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Rd. Call 728-4743 for directions

AGENDA: Finalize plans for the rhizome sale on July 28th. Name labels for rhizomes will be available at the meeting.




ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Everyone is invited to our third annual ice cream social at the Fort Missoula Iris Garden on the 27th of June a Wednesday at 5:00P.M. Our time to reward ourselves and to enjoy the iris bloom in the gardens.

JULY SALE PLANS: Be sure to read further in this newsletter the schedule for the sale week and plan to come out to help when you can. Also, if you are new to the sale, the guidelines are in this newsletter, too.

Welcome to two returning members. Add their names and addresses to your membership list.

Ann Violette 357175 Mud Lake Trail, Polson, MT 59860 - 883-5535

Joyce O. Zamelis P.O. Box 88, Alberton, MT 59820 722-4918

YELLOW AND RED OLD IRIS?...A local iris lover named Cathy Stewart wrote a question on our website. If you know the name of the iris she refers to, send her an e mail at mtstew54@yahoo.com or call Carol Addeo and she'll e mail the answer to her. "Hello - do you know if you will be selling an old variety of yellow and red iris in July? It's a deep crimson red. I accidently thinned all those out last time and it was my favorite. Also, I've been looking online - will you be selling any re-blooming iris and do you know if they do OK in Montana? There's a place in Nebraska that sells them. Thanks a lot! cathy" e:mail at mtstew54@yahoo.com


It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!

Happy birthday to Cindy Davis - July 5th; Billie Gray - July 12th; and Fred Frey - July 20th. Have a happy birthday all.





Best Specimen of Show
First Runner-Up
Best Tall Bearded
Best Other than Tall Bearded
Best of Show Novice
Best Median
Best Purple
Best IB
Best BB
Best Aril, Aril-Bred
Best Space Age
Best Siberian
Best Other
Best White
Best Pink
Best Orange
Best Yellow
Best Black
Best Blue
Best Red
Best Lavender
Best Blend
Best Amoena / Reverse
Best Plicata
Best Neglecta
Best Variegata
Best Bi-Color, Best Bi-Tone
Best Historic Novice
Best Banded, Rimmed or Edged
Best Broken Color
Best Brown Tone
People's Choice
Best Artistic Design
Best Artistic Design (Beginner)
Most Blue Ribbons
Most Blue Ribbons Runner-up
Most Blue Ribbons Artistic Design
16 Exhibitors


Center Line
Blue Berry Fair
Twilight Delight
Captains Choice
Twilight Delight
Crows Feet
When You Wish
Blue Berry Fair
Blue Berry Fair
Center Line
Crackling Caldera
Smiling Gold
Blue Suede Shoes
Splash Raspberry
Chinook Winds
Celestial Explosion
Ride The Wind
Country Charm
Fairy Treasure
Competitive Edge
Tides In
Best Bet
Sapphire Blue Sky
Onyx and Silver
139 Entries


Swede Gustafson
Scott Drake
Swede Gustafson
Swede Gustafson
Benita Jacobsen
Fred Frey
Joyce Zamelis
Fred Grey
Ron Dowell
Fred Frey
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Swede Gustafson
Swede Gustafson
Gary Clark
Scott Drake
Joyce Zamelis
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Gary Clark
Swede Gustafson
Fred Frey
Swede Gustafson
Swede Gustafson
Joyce Zamelis
Gary Clark
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Judy Blunt
Benita Jacobsen
Gary Clark
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Judy Blunt
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Donna Dowell
Judy Blunt
Joyce Zamelis
M. Elizabeth Friesz
Jim Sadler



Hello Again,
     The show actually turned out to have a lot more blooms in it than I thought we would have with all the nasty weather beforehand. Thanks to all who helped make it a great success. I was amazed to see so many people looking at the iris. A special "Well Done" to Betty Ann and Donna for their hard work. It was an honor to have won the Best of Show last year.
     For those of you who have been to the fort garden I would appreciate comments on the block border that I have added to the Median Iris bed. I hope that it will be useful and from my view it will make it a lot easier to maintain; for that alone it was worth all the aches and pains of doing it.
     I hope that everyone got out to watch the medians bloom as they were well worth the trip. I took lots of pictures so anyone who wishes may get them from me. The tall bearded are blooming now and I also am taking lots of pictures so anyone who would like can get them from me also.

Until next month, Your President,
Mr. Verplancke


A message from Swede:

Betty Ann and I went to see the Iris Garden at Thompson Falls over the weekend. Charlotte has a nice garden located in clearing in a wooded area about a quarter mile or so off the main highway. It is located on a slope so standing water is not a problem for her. She raised irises near Yakima, WA for many years before moving to MT in 2007. Her garden is in great condition, has nice soil for irises, and is irrigated with soaker hoses, which puts the water in the rows and not in the walkways. Her irises are tidy, tall and well branched which for Montana is an excellent trait. She is in just over the peak season of bloom but sill has plenty in bloom. It was worth the trip to see her garden. She is not interested in joining iris organizations as of yet but maybe in the future bring some irises to our show in Missoula.



We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 52nd Missoula Iris Society Show for 2012. Despite our crazy weather we had 16 exhibitors and 139 entries. An interesting note is that on the winners table we had different irises than last year except for 2. That also means amongst the 139 we had a lot of different irises entered which means our society growers have a lot of iris to choose from. Keep up the 'Love of Iris". We also want to thank Judy Blunt for the wonderful 'iris' cake and ice cream we enjoyed during our awards ceremony. Thanks to our members who made this a great show!
Betty Ann and Donna, co chairs

TREASURERS REPORT: as of June 24, 2012

April 25, 2012 Balance $11,251.45
Deposits 100.00
Balance 11,351.45
Transfers to checking 1,700.00
June 24, 2012 Balance $ 9,651.45

Judges Special Fund Activity included Deposit of $50.00 in receipts from a training session after the show on June 9 and a transfer of funds to the checking account on June 5 to pay for the printing of judges training materials and a gratuity to Dianne Kline, instructor. Judges Special Fund balance as of June 24, 2012 is $485.40. These actions are included in the values above.

April 25, 2012 Balance $ 297.23
Deposits from Savings 1,700.00
Memberships (2) 20.00
Excess Lunch Money received 35.00
Return of Funds from AIS Storefront 12.00
Purchase of Check Lists by Alverta Symes 37.00
Balance 2,101.23
Expenses Paid Total from list below 2,007.36
June 24, 2012 Balance $ 93.87
Allegra Print and Imaging - for collating the show schedule $ 21.29
Mid-America Garden - for purchase of rhizomes for the Ft
Garden and the PREZ rhizomes 670.00
PawPaw Plant Markers - 1000 heavy duty plant markers sets
500 regular duty tags only 392.75
Paul Ronaldo Sprinlkers - repairs to sprinkler system sprayers 91.00
Show workers lunch money check 125.00
Joann gibbons - Design Judges gratuity at show 30.00
Ron Dowell - reimbursed for table covering purchased 80.30
Judy Blunt - reimbursed for show party desserts products 23.54
Dianne Kline - Show Judge gratuity at show 75.00
Dianne Kline - Judges Training Expenses and Gratuity 81.00
Elizabeth Gustafson - reimbursed for show expenses incurred 43.16
Carolyn Addeo - Newsletter printing and postage for 6 months 150.00
Native Solution Restoration, LLC - spray weeds at Ft Garden 86.72
Mid-America Garden - rhizome awards for show winners 137.60
Total Expenses $2007.36

Note - judges training expenses and gratuity paid from the Judges Special Fund
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer


Schedule for July - Help needed for all events

ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 28th 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. Sale Chairpersons are Carol and Pete Addeo. Please donate your paper grocery bags to the sale

Drop off your cleaned and labeled rhizomes to their garage between Tuesday, July 24 thru Wednesday, July 25 at 9:00 p.m. prior to the sale. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!

Sunday, July 22, 2011 - Digging rhizomes and cleaning, trimming at Fort Missoula gardens. Bring chair, scissors, hats, etc.
Thurs, July 26 & Fri, July 27, 2012- Sorting at the Addeo's back yard all day
Fri, July 27 - Stone soup & potluck supper- 6 p.m. at Addeo's. Bring a soup ingredient, or dessert, bread or salad. The soup stock will be poultry.
Saturday, July 28 - Annual Rhizome Sale at Fort Missoula, 9am - 1pm. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. Bring pitchforks and chairs.
Saturday - 1:15 p.m. - PARTY TIME! After-sale party after 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.
The rhizome labels will be available at the meeting July 9 or call Carol at 251-5833 to pick some up.

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 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, 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 above restrictions)
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.




Additional Note from Ann Violette: She will be running for the AIS Regional Vice-President position and would like to have your vote.