Iris hybridizers provided an incredible range of guest irises for the AIS 2017 Convention. Something over 2200 plants for attendees to enjoy on the tours!
Post-convention the plants have a number of destinations with the bearded irises being processed now. Last week we shipped the bearded irises to the winning auction bidders. Next week, the week of August 7th, we will be digging and shipping the bearded irises hybridizers have requested be returned. Hybridizers, we will email you as the bearded irises are shipped to you.
Beardless irises will be sent later to the winning auction bidders and to hybridizers who have requested returns.
Thank you to all the hybridizers for providing these guest irises!
One of the innovations at the AIS 2017 Convention was an auction of guest irises. After seeing guest irises on the garden tours Thursday and Friday, visitors were able to bid on a number of them Saturday afternoon. This week the bearded irises were dug and shipped to the winners, shipped July 24th and 25th. I know some bidders have already received theirs. The others should arrive (USPS) shortly.
Thank you to everyone for participating in the auction! And thank you to the volunteers who dug, prepared, and shipped these irises!
Shipping of the beardless irises will be late August or early September.
As we normally do not see any of the Convention guest irises blooming at this time, this photo from the Jurik garden was a nice surprise. ‘Rose City’ (Lynda Miller, 2015) is an MTB reported as an early bloomer without mentioning rebloom. Aitken’s does have it on their rebloomer pages.
The 2017 guest iris are getting ready. Many TBs and MTBs with some IBs and BBs and even an AB. This view is Monday afternoon at one of the Messer Garden beds, one of five beds there. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
We just had our first guest irises bloom! They are definitely starting to think about the Convention. First up in the Messer garden was ‘Wild Whispers’ by Carol Coleman with color visible April 5th and first blooms opened on the … Continue reading →