Here is the September Newsletter. Members,
be thinking about which committees/positions you might be interested in
for 2005. Contributing in this way to our organization keeps you
involved, active and knowledgeable about what is going on.
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
- DATE & TIME:
September 11th, 6:30 pm
- PLACE: Pot
Luck dinner at the home of Sandy Greene, 4916 Rattlesnake Drive, call
542-9853 for directions
Program after meeting: 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 information on cost and
where to purchase it, since it's a sure thing if you like the tool so
much, other members will want one too. If you don't have a favorite,
bring along your worst tool.
Selection of a nominating committee for the 2005 officers, report on
the sale, selection of a 25th Anniversary Committee for 2005, Fort
FYI NEW INFORMATION:
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS.
Positions include officers of President (Jim Sadler in second
term), Vice President (Ann Violette in second term), Secretary
(Carol Addeo in 5th term) and Treasurer (Swede Gustafson). Talk
to the current chairperson to see what is involved.
Committees are Show (Ann Violette and Roger Muir), Tour, Sale
(Cindy Davis) and
(Billie Gray and Honk Meyer) , and a special 25th Anniversary committee
for 2005. Other positions include Historian, Publicity
(includes kiosk at Fort Gardens), Sunshine person (Elinor Utech),
Membership (Zona Lindemann), Newsletter Editor (Pete Addeo)
, Programs, Judges Training Chair (Alverta Symes),
- FORT GARDEN RENOVATION REPORT from Billie
- Call Billie at 543-3480 to see how
you can help. The Committee of Past and Present Fort Chairmen in 2003
determined that a four year rotation of the beds would keep the beds
vitalized and in good repair. This process was begun in 2002 with the
Siberian Bed, continued in 2003 with the reconstruction of the Big Bed
and the Median Bed. It was decided at the same meeting to expand the
Siberian Bed so the iris in the back could be moved more into the sun.
This year beds 1-4 were designated for augmenting the soils and
renovating the beds and grassy areas between the beds. Therefore, the
following needed to be done:
1. Remove all plants from the beds (done)
2. Lift out edging and save (done)
3. Remove spent soil (done)
4. Remove sod (done)
5. Realign beds and grass areas (done)
6. Add new soil and rototill (done)
7. Level grass areas between the beds to eliminate the "valleys
8. Replace edging
9. Raise the sprinkler heads
10. Replant the iris and perennials
12. Expand Siberian Bed
13. Mulch (with gravel)
Items number 7 thru 13 still need to be done. Please come and help.
Call Billie at 543-3480 for work times.
- LIST OF NEW IRIS
Alverta wants to remind everyone to get a list to her of any new iris
you purchased this year. This helps her keep the sale files updated
- The following news is continued from
the August newsletter. I want to leave this in as it is important that
each of us help out as much as possible. Please volunteer to help when
you can to keep out Fort Gardens looking beautiful.
- SUMMARY OF BILLIE'S SUGGESTIONS ABOUT OUR
- 1. Everybody to choose bed and section
- 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.
- A. LEARN ABOUT THE IRIS IN YOUR SECTION:
- 1. Iris type - (tall bearded,
- 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,
- 6. A photo of the iris in bloom,
single blossom and the clump with the info written on the back of the
- 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.
- B. CARE AND TREATMENT OF THE IRIS IN YOUR
- Try and schedule one session a
month to clean off dead foliage and during 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 arbitrarily 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 without
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
- Happy day to Leona Wyckoff - September
21st, Roger Muir - September 17th, Hazel Richlie - September 30th,
Eloie Jeter - September 15th, Sonia Dellapiazza - September 20th, and
Wayne Richlie - September 17th. Have a happy birthday and all the
good wishes and cheers that go along with it.
Minutes of the Missoula
Iris Society Meeting
- Minutes -
- There were no minutes from August as a
meeting was not held. The July minutes were in the August Newsletter.
Treasurers Report - Treasurers report by Swede Gustafson.
Checking Account (July 31, 2004)
Beginning balance: $ 553.53
Less Expenses 516.24
Ending Balance $ 171.29
Checking Account Deposits:
Presidential Rhizome Auction
Sale of plant markers
Checking Account Expenses:
Claudia Brown - Sale setup crew beverages
Alverta Symes - Sharpie Marking pens
Sale and Fort Garden
Ace Hardware - Siberian bed concrete blocks
Betty Ann Gustafson - After sale party food & bev
Swede Gustafson - Fort Garden Renovation
Zona Lindemann - Weeding
The final tally for the rhizome sale will be reported when the funds
received from the grab bag sales have been turned in to the Treasurer.
The sale day receipts were tallied on August 4 by Lynn Weger and
myself and $2,847.00 was deposited to the savings account that day.
This amount included $350.00 in cash box set-up funds withdrawn from
the savings account on July 30th.
Respectfully, Swede Gustafson, Treasurer