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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
A 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.
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.
The AIS World of Irises blog has an entry by Renee Fraser Personal Favorites: Tall Bearded Iris ‘Peach Royale’. ‘Peach Royale’ is a TB by Region 21’s LeRoy Meininger registered in 1999. Renee has a number of photos showing it by itself and in her garden. You can also learn more about it and see additional photos in the Iris Encyclopedia here. Congratulations to LeRoy!
The Greater Omaha Iris Society Iris Sale is Friday, July 25th at St. Andrew Church. We will meet at 11:00 AM to set up for the Rhizome Sale. Meet at St. Andrews Church to help set up for the sale. Lunch will be provided.
Then from 2:00—8:00 PM is the Annual Rhizome Sale. Members are needed to answer questions, check out customers, and help take down the sale.
Please consider donating iris from your garden. GOIS offers sales credit for all donations. Rhizomes must be cleaned, trimmed, and named varieties. Contact Linda Wilkie if you have iris you can donate so that sale tags can be prepared.
Remember this is our primary fundraiser for the year and proceeds from the sale fund all
of our activities including maintenance of our display garden! Your help is important to
our success and very much appreciated.