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Re: TB Newbie


I don't think you are a "grump"! Rather you are much more optimistic 
than I.
My opinion would be that even attempting to id an UFO amongst OVER 
54,000 varities, should be strongly discouraged! Except in rare cases 
where there are several factors that contribute to a chance of it being 
an accurate id - such as true distinction, way more than just one 
photograph, a far more complete description of the noid (bud count, 
rebloom behavior, etc.) over a period of years, - identification only 
leads to the propogation of trial and error, mostly error.

When I share my iris wealth with the neighbors, I prefer to share the 
known ones. But if there is any question at all on a varietal name, it 
stays with the status of NOID. Most beneficiaries really don't care, 
past, it's an iris and it's pretty....


Harold Peters wrote:

> I was hoping that someone would be the "grump" but since no one else 
> has been, I will.  The R&I (annual registration and introduction 
> booklet) and the Iris Check List (for each decade) are the basic 
> documents that contain the official description of iris cultivars. 
> There are no color standards approved by AIS. The descriptions are 
> minimal with no attempt to distinguish that cultivar from other 
> similar cultivars. Almost all of the potential distinguishing 
> characteristics of an iris are subject to change from garden to 
> garden, over time, cultural practices and weather. There is no 
> verification of any of the information contained on the registration 
> form. There are hybridizers who apparently distain the registration 
> process even when using it to their advantage.
> Given all these apparent negatives, the registration process is still 
> both reasonable and useful. It could be improved but probably wouldn't 
> be in the reasonable future. I would not recommend your acquiring all 
> of the Check Lists. I would recommend your joining the AIS iris 
> database instead. The learning process you are experiencing has been 
> done by countless others, myself included. It is a process filled with 
> trial and error but especially error.
> Harold Peters
> Beautiful View Iris Garden
> 2048 Hickok Road
> El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
> harold@directcon.net <mailto:harold@directcon.net>  
> www.beautiful-view-iris.com

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