New Affiliate Forming – Heart of Iowa Iris Growers

The Heart of Iowa Iris Growers is a new American Iris Society affiliate forming in Iowa.  Our first meeting was September 8 and the enthusiastic members agreed to have our meetings the last Thursday of the month beginning in October, 2016.  Come to our meetings and help us grow!

Heart of Iowa Iris Growers members would like to invite interested people to their second regular meeting Oct 27, 2016 at 7 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Please inquire at the desk to be directed to the meeting room.  Our speakers that evening are Kelly and Libby Jensen who will be sharing preparation for entering iris for judging at an iris show.  We will discuss the yearly calendar and future meeting site.  All are welcome who love Irises!

Watch for Re-bloomers

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David Lionberger had this note and photo in the latest Lincoln Iris Society Rainbow Messenger.  Thank you David for sharing this.

Much to my surprise, as I was working in our iris beds, I
noticed there were bloom stalks on Peach Jam. Gary White
gave us this 1989 Ensminger tall bearded iris about four years
ago. It has performed well in previous years but had never
re-bloomed before. There are two large stalks with several
buds each. May blossoms have competition for September
blossoms on this one!

Region 21 Bulletin News

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The Region 21 Bulletin will be published again in 2017 with two issues, the first in March and the second in October.  Acting editors Pam and Wayne Messer  will be following the format used by Gary White as editor.  We will be contacting the Affiliates’ Presidents for officers, calendars, and events, members for articles, and will include a message from the RVP.

Please let us know what you would like to see in the Bulletin.  Email wrmesser@gmail.com or comment below.

Bulletin Cover Photo: ‘Up To Snuff’ (Ensminger 1998) Photo by Linda L. Rader

More Reblooming in Region 21

Oxmoor_Hills_2016A second iris rebloomed here in August; ‘Oxmoor Hills’ opened August 29th in central Iowa.  This is the second year this James Ennenga (2004) iris has bloomed super early.  It so far has 4 stalks in a second year clump.

The other iris continuing to rebloom is ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ by Larry Lauer (2013) which is a guest iris for the 2017 AIS Convention.  There have been blooms open everyday except one or two since August 14th.  Still one open today, September 3rd.

How are the reblooms in your garden this year?  Let us know so we can add them to our website.

Symposium Voting Deadline September 1st

The deadline for submitting your votes for the 2016 AIS Tall Bearded Iris Symposium is approaching.  They need to reach our current RVP, Linda Wilkie, by September 1st.  You can email or mail them to her.  And you do not need to attach the ballot, just let her know the names or numbers of the irises, up to 25 from the list mailed with the Winter 2016 Irises Bulletin, that you are voting for.  Her contact information:

Region 21 AIS RVP:  Linda Wilkie, 15115 Grant Circle, Omaha, NE 68116
phone: 402-493-3808 e-mail: lrwilkie@gmail.com

Did you know, there is at least one iris from Region 21 on the ballot, ‘Beneath My Wings’ by LeRoy Meininger (2005), which came in at number 78 in the voting last year.

Possible Pop-up Judges Training and Programs

In an effort to improve services to our independent members, along with our clubs, we are exploring the possibility of adding half-day pop-up Judges Training and/or programs throughout the year, throughout the Region . This is in addition to our regular Spring and Fall Region 21 Meetings. We would appreciate receiving your views, comments, thoughts, and suggestions.

Contact person:  Wayne Messer email wrmesser@gmail.com .

Reblooming In Region 21

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The reblooming season in our garden started even earlier this year.  One of the guest irises for the 2017 AIS Convention was already in bloom on August 14th in our garden and on August 9th in the Iowa Arboretum.  This is ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ by Larry Lauer (2013) shown in the above photo.  It was planted last year and did bloom in the Spring as well.

There is one other iris that has already put up a stalk in our garden.  It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennegna (2004) which did bloom September 2nd last year.

Do you have irises that are blooming now?  Let us know and we would be glad to add them to the Region 21 website.