|THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY
MEETING TIME: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1 at 6:30 p.m. Pot luck supper. No hosts so bring your own beverages.
Agenda: Discussion and plans for upcoming sale, pricing of rhizomes, cashiers.
Next event: Our annual IRIS SALE at the Fort Garden on Saturday, July 30, 2016
sale guidelines, please see SALE PAGE
A note to members from Carol Addeo, Sale Chairperson: Please contact me by Phone 406-251-5833 or at the next meeting on approximate number of named iris clumps you are likely to dig for our sale. Also check approximate number of unnamed (UNKS) you will have for our sale. Label tags will be available at the next meeting.
There are no MINUTES to report because there was no regular meeting in June.
TREASURER'S REPORT FOR JUNE 2016
SAVINGS ACCOUNT: There was no activity in this fund since the last report so the
Balance remains at $13,037.79
May 25 Reported Balance: $ 763.99
Income – 2 memberships 20.00
Expenses paid 271.45
June 23 Balance $ 512.54
Income was for the memberships of Elizabeth Friesz and Joyce Zamelis who paid
during their visit to the Iris show on June 4.
Expenses paid were to: Cash – for show workers lunch during the show -$125.00;
Joanne Gibbons – Design Judge Gratuity - $25.00; Ellen Darling – Design Judge
Gratuity - $25.00; Judy Blunt – Ice Cream Social Expenses reimbursement - $96.45.
Total - $271.45. I paid each show worker $7.00 as lunch money for their assistance
during the show – a total of 12 workers @ $7.00 each = $84.00. The remaining $41
will be used to pay other small expenses via cash as they occur during the summer.
GARDEN NOTES: Ed Verplancke and I renovated the astilbe garden by building a two block high garden wall about the west and north side of this garden. The sprinkler head on the garden was also moved toward the south almost 12 inches to eliminate the sprinkler spraying on the main sign for the Iris Garden. It still sprays on the sign so need some more work by the sprinkler man to correct the problem.
Ed has build a one high concrete block wall about the Spuria Bed located to the north of the Big Bed rock wall. This new edging wall really defines the garden area now. We figure on purchasing some more spurias to place in the space created.
I spent almost 24 hours over 4 days harvesting approximately 5 gallons of Siberian Elm Tree seedlings from the Siberian Garden. These little buggers were really hiding inside the plants as well as between the plants. Will have to come back through again in a few days and pick up the stragglers. Sure would be nice if the Mommy supply tree would disappear.
Ed and Anita have been been working on the weeding the Big Bed as well as some of the finger beds. If you have a free couple of hours it would be great if you could weed some also to make the gardens look wonderful for the Fourth of July. Flower stalks can also be harvested also. There are lots of these this year. They just break off at the ground level if you push carefully. Also clean up any dead leaves or debris in the plants. There was an article on the internet last week regarding rot which will result from not have a clean plant and garden area.
MISSOULA IRIS SHOW 2016
Overall Results: Despite the early bloom season, we had 77 entries in the show.
Best of Show: Ron/Donna Dowell with Sharp Dressed Man
First Princess: Gary Clark’s Iris “Ensata”
Second Princess: Fred Frey’s Poodle Parade
Best Design, Jim Sadler’s “Winter in the Blood”
Design Sweepstakes, Jim Sadler with 4 blue ribbons
Best Novice, Jennifer Engstrom with Swing Town
Silver Medal to Gary Clark with 17 blue ribbon entries
Bronze Medal to Fred Frey with 10 blue ribbon entries
Best purple, best bi-tone, best tall bearded: Ron/Donna Dowell, Sharp Dressed Man
Best pink: Fred Frey, Poodle Parade
Best space age and best white: Gary Clark, Classy Chassie
Best median and best IB: Judy Blunt, Ask Alma
Best species, best ‘other’: Gary Clark, Iris “Setosa”
Best Siberian: Swede Gustafson, Pleasures of May
Best Amoena and best yellow: Gary Clark, Soft Return
Best blue: Gary Clark, Breakers
Best plicata and best red: Gary Clark, Tennison Ridge
Best lavender: Gary Clark, Song of Norway
Best blend, best banded and best brown: Gary Clark, Ginger Swirl
Best neglecta: Swede Gustafson, Twilight Cloud
Best historic: Gary Clark, Toll Gate
2016 Presidential Rhizome winners: September Edd Verplancke, October Judy Blunt, November Ron Dowell, December Swede Gustafson, January Linda Sadler, February Allen Ledford, March Roger Muir, April Fred Frey, May Betty Ann Gustafson