Wednesday, November 2, 2011

IRISES Fall Issue

I understand fairly well that this is not the Kim and Kris after 72-days separation news, but it's an exclusive nonetheless to iris fans who are hungry for iris news. As you can see it's the cover of the latest Bulletin of the American Iris Society, IRISES. It's hot off the presses and heading to your home, and to the e-membership files for viewing. I feel like I'm holding the secret Oscar ballots, or something similar. What a treat.

This issue contains several interesting articles and newsworthy pieces, including lots of and lots of iris pictures taken at the National Convention this year held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with fairly detailed descriptions of each guest garden; pictures of all Top 15 Irises of the Victoria Convention; Sections News; Youth News; an article written by Hybridizer Marky Smith from Washington, who is asked to name her top eight Intermediate Irises (IBs); and so much more. Two featured pieces also caught my attention and I will write about them in later posts here: "Bloom Season" by Bob Pries, from North Carolina and "The Other Irids: The Peacock Flowers," by Michael Mace from California. I'm told that this issue of IRISES is running a little late, but it's been printed and should reach the first of you next week.

Lastly, IRISES Editor Kelly Norris is a very curious person, and he is looking for a few good men and women to report whatever news they may have encountered in their gardens for Irises section "In Your Backyard." Trying something new in your garden this year? You're faced with a challenge? Too many or too few irises? Discovered something important about irises in your area? Kelly wants to know. Please write him at The Winter issue of IRISES is being produced right now and I'm sure Kelly will be happy to hear from you.

To receive a hard copy of IRISES you must be an AIS member or an e-member to read a PDF copy anywhere in the world. For more information on membership with the American Iris Society, please click here.

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