WHAT'S NEW ON CVIDS WEBSITE?
November 15, 2020:
Many updates today, I have posted the November Newsletter. A couple of postings on the Bulletin Board include the Fall 2020 Hybridizers postings. While we can't enjoy the banter and explanations in person, this will have to be the next best thing. Also posted is infiormation on the ADS annual awards. (thank you Jonathan for the heads up) Also, please note, that the Photo Contest is on! If you can send digital prints to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that would be great or send them to my home and I will scan them. DEADLINE is November 30th. Please review the categories that were posted on 9/6/2020 on the the Bulletin Board. The voting process is TBD.
I am so glad that, as a club we have chosen not to meet during this pandemic. The UIHC is under surge right now. What does that mean? We have transitioned more beds/units to be ICU's. We have taken procedure recovery areas and made them inpatient units. We have pulled staff from outpatient, OR and procedural areas to work on the expanded inpatient units. We are reducing elective procedures. Our frontline staff are working extremely hard. All accross Iowa, hospitals are doing their best to treat everyone and keep themselves safe. Our CEO and leadership have been asking staff to adhere to the strictest safety precautions as we can't do without them. This means, smaller Thanksgiving and Christmas plans, with just those in their "bubble". We can all do our part to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. It is so simple; WEAR A MASK!
October 6, 2020:
Many updates today, seems like this is going to be a monthly occurance. I have added the 2020 Club Plant Recipients in the Club Plant Database page. Also posted is the October Newsletter. The condolences for Ginger Pruess' mother, charter member Robert Little and the mother of Sherry Moffit have been posted on the Bulletin Board. My daughter in law Sol has been helping me get the gardens cleared for winter. I actually have a lily actively blooming (one of Jonathan's seeelings from a few years ago) and 2 others have buds (also Jonathan's). Speaking of Jonathan, he and Susie made a quick trip back to Iowa. Jonathan wanted to get a few more plants out of his nursery to transplant back in Colorado. He has to worry about SNOW and FREEZING temperatures. Though speaking with them Sunday night, there are many days in the 80's there. They spent time also visition friends and helped celebrate my youngest Logan's 26th b-day. We also wrangled a evening around the fire pit with our card club pals. S'mores.. and adult beverages. Who knew red wine is a great pairing!
Please review the Calendar. The survey that Nancy sent to those on email, resulted in a resounding cancellation of our October meeting. We are holding out hope for November; No matter though. Even though we will not meet in person we will be posting the Hybridizers Roundup, courtesy of Heahter Harroun. Get in touch with her, if you have seedlings to share. I actually crossed 2 lillies (actually a few more than that but only 1 pair resulted in pods). We'll see how it goes. Also, I will still plan on having the Betty Miller contest. We'll figure out a voting mechanism.... stay tuned.
Finally, I hope this finds you all able to putter around the gardens and that everyone is staying healthy.
A lot of updates today. I once again must apologize for not being on top of the website. It seems I am very disorganized and lacking when compared to my predecessor Jonathan, he left big shoes to fill!. I find that working all day on the computer, at home these days, makes getting on the computer again, at home a bit daunting. I will try and do better. Since this will be the case for a while longer. At work, we are no longer planning coming back into the office this fall. With Iowa CIty and Ames being COVID hotbeds, it seems that keeping us "behind the scene" support folks isolated and well, makes alot of business sense. I've been on more web meetings than I ever thought possible. Our IT team has been making a point of turning on our web cams, to at least feel like we're together. Of course that has alot of angst attached with it, like washing my hair and wearing at least a businees appropriate top. Ha ha.
So what's new. I apparently missed the July Newsletter so that has now been posted. The 2020 Calendar has been corrected. We still have the potential to have our October and November meetings, fingers crossed. Also the September Newsletter is hot off the presses. The Iris Recipient List has been added to the Club Plant Database page. A reminder was emailed from Diane Derganz regarding your Club Plant returns. Since we are not returning this fall please make notes about your returns so that you can be ready for a potential spring return. I have the return list posted and you are asked to evaluate:
(1 Poor, 2 fair, 3 average, 4 good and 5 excellent.)
HARDINESS: Does the plant establish
itself well and grow stronger each year?
SCAPE/BRANCHING: Is the scape strong enough to support the flowers? Is it well branched?
FLOWER: Do the flowers have good substance and hold their color during the day? Do they open well?
DISTINCTION: Has the flower a distinctive quality that makes it special? Is the form and texture unique or the color, pattern or blending of colors different?
Any other comments you’d like to make.
Last but not least The 2020 Barbara
Miller Photo Contest is still a
possability even if it may be virtual. I
have posted details for the contest on the
March 17: Happy St. Patrick's day. I have received the 2020 Club Plant Lily Powerpoint from Barb via Keith also the spreadsheet (in PDF format). We have some really nice plants for the membership who get to select a plant and for the free-for-all afterwards as we bid on the leftovers.
February 29: Happy Leap Day. The March Newsletter has been uploaded to the website. As has the 2020 Iris Plant selections. Please see the updates on the Bulletin Board regarding the March 14th meeting in Williamsburg. Also please see the February Meeting Minutes.
The day before the UK officially leaves the
European Union! Aaaaagh for both sides! On a
more positive note, I'm positive that you'll
find on the Bulletin
Board some information about CVIDS'
February 8th meeting in Iowa City as well as a
preliminary notice about a March 21st meeting
organized by the Leopold Landscape Alliance.