The Region 21 website has several pages to help you find further information about Region 21 and its members. Currently these pages are:
- Judges Corner – Judges training, judges, and potential judges information
- Minutes – Just added!
- Newsletters – Club newsletters and the Region 21 Bulletin. Do you have other newsletters we should add?
- Resources – Officers and other Region 21 resources including official documents, Library holdings, links
- Upcoming Events – Both Region 21 events and AIS events
- Who We Are – Region 21 and its parts
Minutes is the newest page and is just getting started. It has the Fall 2015 minutes for your reading pleasure:) Can you help us fill in the blank spots? We would appreciate earlier minutes, especially 2010 through early 2015, and later minutes. Thank you for your help!
Jenny Cich of the Lincoln Iris Society has a great item with that title in the September 2017 issue of the LIS Rainbow Messenger, their newsletter. She would like to make a submission to the Reblooming Iris Society on behalf of LIS of irises that rebloom in their zone (5). She includes a list of the tall bearded irises reported by RIS to rebloom in zone 5 or lower which is very interesting. Can you help her? See the details in the newsletter(PDF).
The first reported rebloom in Region 21 this year comes from Linda Wilkie who received a report of ‘Immortality’ blooming in a midtown Omaha garden this week. Coincidentally or not, the Greater Omaha Iris Society meeting topic this coming Monday, September 11th, is Reblooming Iris. Location and further details can be found on their website.
Our first bloom stalk came up last week and we are waiting for it to open. It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennenga. What is blooming or preparing to bloom in your garden?
The American Iris Society the World of Irises blog has frequent posts covering iris topics and always including great iris photos. Jean Richter recently wrote “Space Age Iris of the Early 21st Century” which included two Nebraska hybridizers. LeRoy Meininger was represented by ‘Beneath My Wings’ (2005) HM 2007, AM 2011. Leonard and Kathy Jedlicka’s ‘Isadora Belle’ (2009) is the other Nebraska space ager shown. (Both of these cultivar links are to the Iris Encyclopedia entries.) One of the things I learned by checking the cultivars’ entries is that Jedlicka’s iris pedigree included one of Meininger’s seedlings.
Thank you to all our Region’s hybridizers for their contributions.
Bonus Note: You can see the most recent 100 titles (with links and automatically updated) from the World of Irises here.
‘Beneath My Wings’
A reminder that all AIS members are eligible to vote for up to 25 irises in the annual TB Symposium voting. The list of eligible irises was included in the Spring issue of the Irises Bulletin. Your votes, either the ballot or your list, should reach our RVP by September 1st. Kelly’s new email is email@example.com and his updated address is in the Summer issue.
There is at least one iris in the list by a Region 21 hybridizer; LeRoy Meininger has ‘Beneath My Wings’. Please let me know if there are any others so we can add them to our website.
Our annual Fall Meeting is in Kearney, Nebraska this year on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. The form for registration was in the Spring Region 21 Bulletin and you can also download the form: Registration Form Aug 2017 (PDF).
A quick recap: Friday afternoon there is an optional tour of the G. W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, followed by a Welcome Reception, an Affiliate Panel and Roundtable Discussion, and a Board Meeting that everyone is invited to. Followed by continuing the reception. Saturday begins with Jean Morris presenting Judges Training/Education sessions on Tall Bearded Irises and Ethics. Then a potluck lunch and Awards Program, Membership meeting, and Iris Auction. There is also an Iris Swap Meet Table. And we finish at 3. Come and enjoy with your friends!
Part of Lunn Garden 2010
Region 21 member Wanda Lunn and her garden will be part of the July/August 2017 issue of Iowa Gardener. You can see part of this article “New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa” online. The complete article “Harmoniously Blending the New and Old” can be found as a garden profile on pages 58-63.
I should also mention that in April the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers had Wanda speak to us on historic irises and HIPS. She was a great speaker, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Thank you Wanda!
The Lincoln Iris Society held their annual iris show May 13th, 2017. The results are in their June 2017 Rainbow Messenger which we have just added to the Region 21 Newsletters Page. Here is a direct link to the June 2017 issue where you can find the show report beginning on page 4.
Congratulations to the Lincoln Iris Society and the Show Committee on their show and their record number of entries! Thank you and congratulations to all the entrants!
Region 21 was well represented by guest irises from its hybridizers at the recently concluded Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie”. The hybridizers were:
Links are to each hybridizer’s page on the Iris Encyclopedia.
Their introductions competed for the President’s Cup voted by all registrants at the Convention. The results, you may have seen these on Facebook and they will be in the Irises Bulletin, are:
All seedlings, Region 21 or not, compete for the Lloyd Zurbrig – Clarence Mahan Seedling Cup. LeRoy Meininger’s seedling LM-14-03 was the 1st Runner-up for this cup.
Thank you to all our hybridizers for the guest irises and congratulations to all the winners!
Monument Valley Iris Society had their 2017 iris show May 27th and 28th. LeRoy Meininger won Best in Show with the iris ‘Matters Of The Heart’. See the photo of the winning iris and learn about all the winners in this article from the Scottsbluff Star Herald.