Here is the
September newsletter. The summer is almost over and there have been lots
of things happening. Hope you all are surviving the smoke and junk in
the air. It hasn’t been the best summer for most of us, but we’re all
here. Time to get it all back together and get ready for another change
in seasons and hopefully better weather and breathable air.
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
supper begins at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins around 8:00 pm
Home of Gary Clark,
2275 Sunlite Lane in the Target Range area. Call 728-7633 for
guest speaker will be Helen Atthowe, Horticulturist from the Missoula
County Extension Office. She will present a 30-45 minute PowerPoint
program on Xeroscaping with Native Plants including some discussion on
native iris. The program will follow dinner. I would like to
encourage everyone to attend and support our guest speaker. Thanks to
Fred Frye for the program.
From Alverta Symes:
It is that time of year that you need to send list of irises in the yard
so at the last minute we do not have to make cards.
If you have sent me a list once all you have to do is send me a list of
your new irises.
from Lynn Weger:
Lynn Weger, her
brother Bob and the entire Weger family would like to thank the Missoula
Iris Society for the wonderful book that was donated to the Missoula
Public Library in the name of our late mother, Hertha Weger. Our mom
was a frequent visitor to Missoula and came to many iris meetings in the
past. She always enjoyed those potlucks and warm friendships and often
asked about members when she was in Ohio. She was a strong believer in
education so a book to help plant enthusiasts learn about irises is a
fitting memorial for her. This book, Magic of Irises, by Barbara Perry
Lawton, has great information about each type of iris including history,
characteristics and culture. Good photos accompany the text. It would
be a refreshing read during the winter months. Library of Congress
#635.9343. A special thanks to Swede and Betty Anne Gustafson for their
time researching and purchasing this book.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
Society members were
saddened to hear that Donna Irene Bowers, 80, of Lolo, passed away
Sunday Aug 5, 2007. Donna had been ill for several years and had been
unable to actively participate in iris society events. Donna and her
husband Jerrry were active members of the Missoula Iris Society for
many, many years. In fact, they were among the small group of members
who worked so hard to create that first public display garden at Fort
Missoula in the early 1980's.
Donna was born July 22, 1927 in Oelwein, Iowa. Donna taught school in
Kalispell, Florence and Missoula. She loved flowers and was very active
in the Missoula Iris society. The family suggests friends donate to the
Montana cancer Center or a favorite charity in remembrance of her..
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Eloie
Jeter, September 15th; Roger Muir, September 17th; Wayne Richlie,
September 17th; Sonia Dallapiazza, September 20th;
and Hazel Richlie, September 30th.
Our October meeting
will be hosted by Alayne Hildritch in Grant Creek
Our November meeting
will be hosted by Honk Meyer.
from Pete Addeo: Months of July and August 2007
Club Savings Account CD
Balance June 30
Interest earned – renewed 8/9/07 105.73
Balance – Aug 31
Balance June 30
Xfer to Checking Acct
Interest Earned thru 8/30
Balance August 30 5382.58
June 30 Balance
July/Aug 2007 deposits:
Transfer from Savings
Annual Rhizome Sale
Paid – July/August 2007
Jim Sadler – Show Fees
Anne Violette – Fees
Sale Seed Money
OBC Northwest – Tags
OBC Northwest – Shipping
Star Rentals – Tables
Paul Renaldo – Garden Repairs
Pizza Hut – Digging Crew
Balance – August 31
Minutes of the
Missoula Iris Society Meeting:
July 14, 2007
The meeting was
called to order by President Elinor Utech. The minutes and treasurer’s
report were accepted as printed in the June, 2007, Falls and
A brief summary of
the doings and results of the Iris Show was given. The ‘No Name”
category proved popular. A big thank you was extended to Jim Sadler and
all of the volunteers for the hard work they did from the early
organizing of the show all the way through to taking it down and storing
the staging paraphernalia.
Many thanks were
extended to Ron and Donna Dowell for the engraving done on the plates
for the Median Show.
A suggestion was
made that the society should hold at least one meeting each year in the
We are still waiting for the report from the architect. It is expected
to be done and in our hands by late August. After we have the report,
we will be able to obtain the necessary permits from the city and begin
building our new shed.
Digging will be done Sunday, July 22nd and Monday, July 23rd
if necessary. Digging will begin at 6:00 a.m. Clumps to be dug have
been tied off with flagging. All rhizomes (those from both the Fort
Gardens and members’ gardens) are to be dropped off at Pete and Carol
Addeo’s. Sorting and labeling will be done during the week beginning
Monday, July 23rd. Friday’s session will end with a Stone
Soup supper. Pete Addeo and Swede Gustavson will be in charge of the
cash. The following have signed up to be cashiers: Donna Dowell, Cindy
Davis, Alayne Hilditch and Ernie Lucero. Claudia Brown said she would
bring donuts. People are needed to distribute posters. These can be
gotten from Pete Addeo at Dr. PC or at his house.
Gardens: Billie Gray, the Fort Chair, reported that quite a few
iris died over the winter. The loss was especially heavy in those beds
that did not have much pea gravel on them or had been planted
late. The iris that survived put on a spectacular show starting in
March with the little ones all the way through to the tall bearded. The
only downside to the great bloom was it was almost all gone by the time
of the iris show.
noted that there were quite a few mislabeled clumps throughout the
garden including three in the Dyke’s bed. Those known to be mislabeled
have their labels turned around backwards. Billie cautioned that we had
to be very vigilant about getting the names correct when digging. She
suggested that if two clumps had grown together that the overlapped area
be dug and labeled as unknown while the opposite sides be labeled with
the appropriate name. Mislabeled iris cost us money at the sale and,
more importantly, hurt our credibility with the public.
backs for the fort will be chosen from among all the iris brought to
Carol and Pete’s. Iris older than five years will be planted where
there is space in the finger beds. The newest TB iris will go in the
Siberian Bed is scheduled for renovation this year. We have completed
the four year rotation. The garden is now totally revamped.
Therefore, this year’s renovating will not to be as extensive. Carson
Vehrs again has people available to help with the heavy work. He just
needs to be contacted.
Irrigation has been extended to the birch west of the Big Bed. Roses
need to be tied up to the arbors. We started to keep bloom records this
year to help us really know how the different iris actually grow in our
announced that Wayne and Hazel Richlie were both ill. It was also
reported that Donna Bowers has been moved to The Village. She is not
Presidential rhizomes have been ordered and are expected in next week.
Claudia Brown will hand them out.
2007 presidential rhizome went to Elinor Utech.
The meeting was
meeting Gordon Skaggs from Habiscapes presented a program on garden
water features. He showed us the parts needed to install a water
feature, how it all works, and some idea of what a few different
installations would cost.