RE: mis-named iris
- Subject: RE: [iris-photos] mis-named iris
- From: "Harold Peters" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 10:14:39 -0700
- Importance: Normal
planning purposes expect the following to be incorrectly
100% of "Mart" irises. This includes all general nurseries and catalog
30% of irises obtained at an iris society sale where members contribute the
10% of irises obtained from a serious collector who has a computerized
mapping and field staking.
3% of irises obtained from a specialized iris nursery. Only a few have
better performance records than this.
could stir up a discussion.)
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
In a message dated 5/4/2005 6:53:23 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
Continuing on the mis-named iris theme, here are two iris labled
Mother Earth. The pink iris came from Van Dyke's. I knew it wasn't the real
thing because it is a space-age iris(see the purple horns) and Mother Earth
is not space age. The maroon and white iris came from Breck's. It is also
incorrect. Mother Earth is pink and lavender. I was guilty of buying one and
my neighbor bought the other.
Give yourself a pat on the
back, because you've learned the crucial lesson to advance from "beginner" to
true irisarian -- things acquired from general nurseries are often
mis-identified. I could share my own horror stories from the 1960s, but
will just say that each of us tends to learn the hard way.
specialists aren't infallible, but most go to great lengths to maintain
accurate IDs. When we put out a catalog, we included a true-to-name
guarantee to our customers and there was only one that turned out to be valid.
In that case, of course we provided a replacement and with it a new
introduction as an apology. But all of the other requests were from
non-customers who had heard of our guarantee and none could provide a complete
"audit trail" that would identify the original customer.
Obviously, the more times a cultivar changes hands the more likely it
is to be mis-identified.
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