Thank you to Linda Rader, newsletter editor for LIS and author of this, for her comments and for her permission to share it on our website.
The American Iris Society
News & Notes
If you are a member of the American Iris Society,
you already receive Irises, the quarterly publication of AIS. But did you know that AIS has launched News & Notes, a monthly email newsletter to keep members up to date on the latest happenings in the iris world?
News & Notes is not meant to replace Irises, but to expand the capabilities for sharing iris information in ways that did not exist until recently. In the digital world, information moves fast and we need to keep up with that. The email newsletter is the perfect place to present the latest
happenings, as well as short reminders about upcoming
events, deadlines and other items that don’t require full
That said, in my opinion, the absolute BEST feature
of AIS News & Notes is it’s ability to be a
portal to All Things Iris. There are several topics
in every newsletter and each one contains links to
send you off somewhere for further information. If
you check out the example entry in the next column
there are four links, one to Nebraska’s own
Sass Memorial Iris Garden.
Wayne Messer, also the webmaster of our Region
21 site (www.aisregion21.com) and Robert Pries,
mastermind behind the AIS Encyclopedia are the
editors of News and Notes. In Notes they do an
excellent job of keeping readers abreast of what is
current in the iris world, as well as leading us to
specific resources available in the ever-expanding
iris encyclopedia, as well as other sites of interest.
If you are an AIS member and wish to receive the
News & Notes email newsletter, contact either
Wayne Messer at email@example.com or
Robert Pries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to have an electronic membership
subscription in AIS, only be a regular member of
A great reason to join AIS, don’t you think?
The latest Greater Omaha Iris Society newsletter also has some reblooming notes. Thanks to Linda Wilke for these items.
Reports are streaming in from all around the region. ‘Best Bet’ was reblooming in Scottsbluff back in August. ‘Barn Dance’ was blooming in Southwest Omaha. There have been numerous reblooming plicata sightings. While there are no signs of stalks, yet, in my gardens it is only a manner of time before my faithful rebloomers start in. What fun the fall show is, I’m always grateful for those perky blooms seemingly popping up overnight.
Last year I was intrigued by an article in the AIS bulletin written by a California hybridizer of reblooming iris. What caught my eye was less the content and more the photograph that showed a line of iris all sporting long tube socks!
Hmm, I thought, would it work in Nebraska where our cold snaps are much more severe? I’m pleased to report that yes, it did. I was able to save blooms well into November with ‘Lady Emma’ making a beautiful fall arrangement mixed with gold chrysanthemums for the Thanksgiving table.
The complete items in the newsletter can be seen from our Newsletter page. Just follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.
You probably know there is a Section of AIS focusing on reblooming irises. The Reblooming Iris Society website can be found here.
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for November is now available. Included is their final meeting of the year, November 11th, their end of the year potluck.
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 8 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.
The Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room. Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting. All are welcome. Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available). Questions – email email@example.com .
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for October is now available. Included is their next meeting, October 14th, with a Program on TB and Reblooming iris from the American Iris Society.
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.
Thanks to Linda Rader (LIS) for this note.
Reblooming irises are a pleasant addition to the autumn garden, if you can get them to rebloom. We’ve had only minimal success in the past. Stalks shoot up in late September; but, cool nights stall the blooming process and the buds just sit there. A frequent exception to this is Connell Marsh’s ‘Constant Companion‘, an intermediate bearded iris, about 18″ tall, introduced in 1995 by the Marsh’s garden, Iristocrat Acres. This year in our garden it has a stalk with two branches, a spur and seven buds! A very welcome surprise!
Milton “Milt” West of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, died August 8, 2013, at the age of 72. He was a longtime member of the Monument Valley Iris Society. His obituary can be found online here, here, and here.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
If you weren’t able to attend the national iris conventions this year, not to worry. You still have a chance to see the irises. Gary White was there for all three conventions (American Iris Society, Society for Louisiana Irises in Dallas, TX and Society for Siberian Irises in central Michigan) and will be presenting a talk, complete with photos, to the Lincoln Iris Society on Monday evening, September 30, 2013. Growing Siberians and Louisianas is a challenge here on the prairies, so it’s great to see them in gardens in other parts of the country. For more information on the talk and directions send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upper photo is a Siberian iris, ‘Painted Woman’ (Marty Schafer, Jan Sacks, 2007). The lower photo is the Louisiana iris, ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ (Kevin Vaughn, 1997).
While I’ve reported some on the Region 21 Fall Meeting, the banquet that was part of this meeting deserves its own thank you. The food, catered by Mangia, was great. I should have taken some pictures of the desserts; however, I was too busy enjoying them.
Our Greater Omaha Iris Society hosts provided everyone with a Sass rhizome! I believe they were all either ‘Midwest Gem’ or ‘Pretty Pansy’. And from the Sass Memorial Iris Garden. On a coincidental note, ‘Pretty Pansy’ was subsequently featured on the World of Irises blog in a posting: Iris Classics: “Pretty Pansy” which includes more of its history.
Ron Crampton prepared the amazing centerpieces. I’m not even sure my picture does them justice.
And, as I mentioned earlier, our speaker Bob Hollingworth expanded our horizons speaking on A World of Irids.
Thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable and remarkable evening!
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for September is now available. Included is their next meeting, September 9th, with Jim Hedgecock of Comanche Acres on Iris Spuria (which counts as 1 hour of Judges training).
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 6 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.