The convention is over and we can breathe again. Based on the feedback I heard during the garden tours, the convention was a success. Congratulations to John Ludi and his large team of volunteers. I had a great time helping out at the Millers, whose garden was simply gorgeous. I hope you got to see it.
Kevin Vaughn’s new book, Beardless Irises, will be released this month. We’ve needed a good resource on this class of irises. He’s filled the book with up to date information and beautiful photographs. It will be available on the AIS Store Front web page and at Schreiner’s Gardens. Ask him to sign your copy!
One of the gardens I visited in May was Larry Lauer’s. Since he moved to Independence a few years ago, he’s been building his garden and developing some eye-catching hybrids. A-33-32’s color was so hot that it almost melted my camera:
My John Taylor Pacific Coast seedlings didn’t bloom this year, but they’re growing well. Maybe next year. One of Kevin Vaughn’s J. Taylor seedlings did bloom. Kevin also had a couple pretty PCH seedlings of his own that stood out: T128-1 and V173-1.
Although I didn’t see this one in person, I want to share one of Mirena Oberg’s seedlings with you. She’s trying to create a turquoise TB. This well-formed beauty with nicely branched stalk popped up—wow!
We have so much talent in OTIS! I saw lots of exciting seedlings this season and plan to include photos of as many as I can in future issues.
We are the Oregon Trail Iris Society and we meet monthly in the Salem area. Each meeting has a new and fun topic. You don’t need to be a member to join us.