Monday, January 20, 2020

IRISES: The Bulletin of the AIS - Winter 2020 Edition

By Andi Rivarola

A warm welcome to those who are seeing IRISES, the Bulletin of The American Iris Society for the first time. If you are a member of The American Iris Society I hope you enjoy this new issue.

The Fall issue of the AIS Bulletin will be available online soon, accessible via the Emembers section of the AIS website. The print copy has been mailed via the U.S. Post Office. On the cover, the 2020 AIS Centennial logo created by Lori Galletti, also this issue comes with Part 1 of the Centennial Supplement. Parts 2, 3 and 4 will be published during 2020.

Note: to access this area of the website you must have a current AIS Emembership. (AIS Emembership is separate from the normal AIS membership.) Please see the Electronic Membership Information area of the AIS website for more details.

This edition of IRISES will be one of a kind, and all of us hope that you will enjoy it and also share with family and friends. Happy AIS Centennial Anniversary!

Enjoy the 2019 AIS Tall Bearded Iris Symposium starting on page 3.

The AIS Centennial Convention Program is described starting on pages 16 — 18.

Did you know anything about the 1920 Period Dress? Well, if you are attending the National Convention you will have a chance to dress as in the 1920s. For more, read the article on page 19. 

Attention iris hybridizers: The 2022 AIS National Convention organizers is requesting guest irises for their Dallas, Texas location. Take a look in page 20.

The 2019 Photo Contest results are on pages 24 — 29. Lovely shots. Congratulations everyone!

Ever heard of target burning for weeds, insects and pests? Please read the article Going for the Burn, on pages 30 — 33. 

A reprint from this very blog, What's Wrong with the AIS Awards System, gives you lots to think about. Don't miss it on pages 35 — 37. 

There's a lot more to see and read in this edition of IRISES, either in digital or print formats.

Not a member of The American Iris Society? Please see our website for information about becoming one:

Happy Gardening!

Monday, January 13, 2020

On the Road Again: Lauer’s Flowers

By Bryce Williamson

The saga of visiting iris gardens in Oregon and Washington continues. When I arrived at Kevin Vaughn’s, we made the executive decision to both go to see Larry and Marcy Lauer in Independence, basically just a hop and a skip away from Kevin’s. I needed directions, of course, since I had always approached their garden along the river.

'King of the Road'
Larry and Marcy lived in Wilton, California for many years and there they met Jim McWhirter and Larry starting hybridizing. On his retirement from the United States Post Office, they headed north and ended up with an acre in Independence 10 miles south-east of Salem. 

The town is charming with many of the turn of the 20th Century buildings being renovated. It has become a bedroom community for Salem as gentrification in Salem has forced many people to live miles from the Oregon capital. From my first visit to this garden to my last, the changes in the town are striking—where there was open space around the garden, new housing is almost to the property line. You will see the change in the next picture taken last year and the image below it taken the year before.

Larry has had many awarding winning irises, but his most widely grown iris is the Dykes winning ‘Stairway to Heaven’. More recently, Larry has become increasing interested in reblooming irises and is focusing his current projects on that area. Larry has also been working a line for red amoenas, an interest of Kevin too, so they had much to talk about.

Larry Lauer with Kevin Vaughn in the seedling patch
In the last several years, I have greatly admired Larry’s ‘King of the Road’, but it seems to have slipped through the cracks of the American Iris Society awards. A warm, satisfying color combination, it also attracted the attention of Schreiner’s and they have it listed in their catalog. I had to look for it for two years to find plants to buy, but it is now happily growing in my garden.
The image is from two years ago before the two story homes went up next door.
Another Lauer introduction that is happily growing here is ‘Blinded by the Light’, a very bright and very early orange. Oddly orange colored tall bearded irises don’t seem to be in fashion these days.

'Blinded by the Light'
While I visiting mainly to see Larry's seedling and introductions, he grows many new irises and some of them that impressed me included the following three. 

'Dark Storm'--Rick Tasco
'Ocean Liner'--Keith Keppel
'Jungle Mist'--Paul Black
The last iris looks quite green in the garden and when I had a commercial nursery, I always found "green" irises sold well and were in high demand.

Among Larry's introductions and seedlings, I took pictures of the following; the first two remind me of Gaulter colors and patterns.

Lauer B-10-31
Lauer B-44-1
Lauer B-76-31
Lauer E-53-2
Lauer F-17-4
'Higher Ground'---Lauer 2019
After a too short visit to the garden, it was back on the road again. I needed a good nights sleep since I had caught an early flight from San Jose to Portland and I knew tomorrow with visits to Schreiner's and Mid America would be a long day.

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Top 10 Posts of 2019

As we start the new year, it is time to look back at the ten most viewed posts on The World of Irises in 2019. Did you see and read them all when they went live? Did you miss any? If you missed one or more, follow the link to the post.

In tenth place, we find Anna Cadd’s guest post about the important spuria iris Wadi Zem Zem.

In ninth place, the post of the 2019 Wister Medal winners was a popular.

'Autumn Explosion'--Image by K. Brewitt
Bryce Williamson’s post about Napa Country Iris Gardens occupies the number eight position. This is part of his series “On the Road Again” and he has continued the series this year with posts about his trips to Oregon and Washington.

Leslie and John Painter with Phil Williams, Spring 2018
Image by Bryce Williamson
The World of Irises always likes to bring our readers breaking news. For that reason, the results of the 2019 Florence iris competition can be found in position seven.

‘Chachar’ by Seidl Zdenek from the Czech Republic.
Bryce Williamson’s report on the 2019 American Iris Society Convention is in the sixth position. If you were unable to attend, this post gives you some idea of what you missed.

Horton Garden--image by Bryce Williamson
Moving into the top 5 posts for views during the year, position five is occupied by the report on The French Iris Society’s Franciris 2019. This post introduced not only the wining irises, but also brought to the attention of iris growers around the world the names of some new hybridizers.
'My Red Drums'--Image by Andi Rivarola
Number 4 for the year was Robert Hollingsworth’s post about what may be the single most important Siberian introduction/parent of all time—'White Swirl’.

'White Swirl'
Next in line for views was Dennis Berry’s guest post about building iris beds. The post not only included instructions, but wonderful images to walk the viewers through the process.

Image by Dennis Berry
As the suspense builds toward the most popular post of the year, second place was the results of the Dykes Medal voting by The American Iris Society Judges. This year produced a win for Mike Sutton, the first time a hybridizer from Idaho has won this award.

'Bottle Rocket' Image by Colleen Modra
And with trumpets and drum rolls, the post most viewed in 2019 was Tom ‘s Three Myths About Bearded Irises.

No, this iris will never "revert to purple"
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