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MED: REF: Medianite Newsletter

  • Subject: MED: REF: Medianite Newsletter
  • From: "Nyla Null Hughes" <nylah@brick.net>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 14:00:21 -0600

Just a heads-up to those of you who should be getting a Medianite newsletter (or should have gotten it a couple months ago if the editor (me) had been more energetic), to let you know that it's in the mail--finally!  (Median Iris Society section of AIS).

Anyone who isn't a MIS member (or doesn't soon get their Medianite) and would like to join and get the newsletter (2 newsletters/year about Median Irises--somewhere between 70-100 pages total, usually) can send dues/check membership records by writing to Rita Gormley 6717 Martha Dr., Cedar Hill, MO 63016. (3 years for $15.00 single, or dual for $17.50, youth $10.00)

The major thrust of this issue is coverage of the Median Odyssey 2001 tour in late May, which the Iris Society of Massachusetts did such an outstanding job of hosting. The irises were blooming bountifully, the gardens were beautiful, the arrangements all went smooothly, and the hospitality was warm and wonderful. 
Special thanks to Debby Cole and all the irisarians who wrote up each garden in intriguing detail. (How do they always manage to see details I missed?) And a big congratulations to all the people who worked so hard to make this tour so memorable, especially my major contact and communicator, Ada Godfrey.

Bloom time found Standard Dwarf Beardeds and Intermediate Beardeds at peak, as the 8 gardens covered a range of microclimates in the Boston area. 
A final day was spent in Maine seeing Miniature Dwarfs in Shirley Pope's gorgeous and intriguing garden, and the Hazelton's spacious, sunny garden, all in perfect weather! (That's covered in the MDB newsletter, but if you like MDBs, make a special note of Chuck Chapman's little one, Coral Carpet, '99--outstanding!) 

The Miniature Tall Beardeds and Border Beardeds were present, but more heavily represented the following week at the AIS Convention tours in the Baltimore area. However, for SDBs and IBs, it was an intriguing look at what's new, growing well, and coming on the scene soon.

The master planting at Bill and Ada Godfrey's Hermit Medlars Walk garden was just stunning.  Big clumps of many things that were obviously well grown!  A few SDBs that especially caught my eye in various gardens:
Crystalline Entity (Perry Dyer 01)--shining white with bright blue beards in a clump to die for
Cameo Queen (Bennet Jones 01)--soft, beautiful color in an apparently tough plant
Lemon Curd (Godfrey 99)--two shades of bright yellow, with ruffles
Ice & Indigo (Willott 91)--not new, but such a pretty purple fall spot on white
Cute or What (Niswonger 97) Pink Twilight (98) and Condensed Version (Lankow 99) for pretty pinks
Time to Shine (Paul Black 99) and Hot Jazz (Black 98) vigorous, ruffled lavender (TOS with darker fall spot) and red beards 
Opening Day (Lauer 00) soft orchid which seemed to grow well everwhere
Little Firecracker (Champman 97)--"butterscotch orange" with darker fall spot, red beard made wonderful clumps in every garden
Spring Fresh (97) and Prank (00) were nice yellows by Keith Keppel, Impeached (00) a pretty peach, Spree (97) a good wine
Efreets (Innerst 99) & Yearling (M.Smith 00) unobtrusive cream color variations, but oh, those ruffles!
Kit Fox (Baumunk 99)--white over red falls
And for giant beards in hot tangerine that really set off a flower, Bennett Jones had a couple seedlings that were stunning--one in peach to orange, and one in the "green-fall spot" line he's working on.

In fact, there were a lot of very pretty seedlings represented.  Good things to come!

Nyla Hughes, St. Louis area, Zone 6
Where LAs, Japs, and Siberians must now be mulched with chopped leaves, and all the beautiful late-summer-in-Nov. weekends were used inside at the computer.  Sigh....

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