This year Region 21 is hosting the AIS 2017 Convention rather than having a spring meeting. There are spring meetings in neighboring Regions to give you an additional iris fix. You can find all the spring meetings we are aware of on the Iris Encyclopedia here.
The Region 9 Spring Fling Meeting is Saturday April 8th in Pekin, Illinois. Their website has the preliminary details. Contact them to learn more.
The Region 18 Spring Meeting is May 19-20 in Columbia, Missouri. Here are the details and a registration form (PDF) for you.
Enjoy these events and hope to see you in Des Moines for the Convention!
As you are heading to the AIS 2017 Convention in Des Moines, another opportunity to see irises is the Median Iris Society Convention in Lafayette, Indiana. From May 18-20 is Median Iris Rules Supreme in 2017. Learn more about what is happening in this PDF. And this is the registration form with the early registration deadline extended.
Something I learned from reading the Autumn 2016 Newsletter of the Can-West Iris Society; BJ Jackson will be giving a presentation “Medians: The Other Bearded Iris” as part of the 119th Manitoba Horticultural Association’s annual meeting. BJ is a Region 21 member and the president of the Can-West Iris Society. Her presentation will be Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba. The registration form (PDF) and program (PDF) are online. Preregistration deadline is January 9th. For further information, the email firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact for the Manitoba Horticultural Association.
A great way to get your January iris fix!
With our cold weather coming, two irises each had two stalks up and no blooms open or opening. A stalk from each was cut on November 19th and put inside in water. Finally on November 30th the one opened. ‘Mariposa Autumn’ is TB by Tasco (1999) which is listed as a rebloomer. Ours was planted 4 years ago and as far as I know has not rebloomed before. Does this count as reblooming?
One of the bonuses to being a host garden is seeing guest irises rebloom. Several different guest irises rebloomed in one or more gardens. You can see a summary including several photos of what was observed in the central Iowa host gardens as they prepare for next year’s AIS Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie” May 23-27, 2017. Check out the other details of the Convention while you are on their website.
‘Daughter Of Stars’
Thank you to Eunice Cernohlavek for this November 10, 2016 report and photos from November 4th and 5th. You can click on the photos to see a larger version.
Sightings at Bentfork Gardens by Eunice Cernohlavek
This last week I was taking pictures of reblooming iris at Gary and Linda’s gardens. Here are pictures of two.
Two tall bearded varieties really put on quite a show. Daughter of Stars by Donald Spoon 2000 is a rebloomer and received the Award of Merit in 2005 and Wister medal in 2007. It had 1 stalk with 2 blooms, 2 buds and another stalk with 1 bud. The other TB is Aunt Mary, a 2000 introduction by Tim Stanek. It is not a rebloomer, but indicates it’s a late bloom, but this is really late!! It had 3 open blooms, 3 buds, and 6 spent blooms.
And Rosalie Figge has a bud stalk showing color as of this week also.
Among the other plants blooming in the garden are various clematis, and roses. Do these plants know that winter is coming?
Kris Jurik has another rebloomer in her garden. This is ‘Clarence’ by Zurbrigg (1991) in a November 2, 2016 photo. This rebloomer was a Wister Medal winner in 2000.