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  • Subject: [PHOTO] [iris-photos] Last Oldies
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 00:40:56 -0500

An additional comment--
Keeping correct names on old varieties is not an easy thing to do.  Over the years with trades, sales, identification of cv's by people who don't carefully compare, or know the varieties they label--plus hired help, neighbors' dogs dragging chains, chicken scratching, frost heaving of labels, wind blowing markers around---the number of misadventures that can happen to labels is mind-numbing.
It is a very, very difficult thing to do to keep identifications straight.  That's one of the reasons photo lists such as that in the "Quick Fix" index at the HIPS website are so very important. 
I dream of the day when an accurately rendered photo is a requirement at the time of registration.  Digital storage such as is now possible would be wonderful.  The trouble is--the data capacity for 50,000-plus named varieties growing at a rapid pace toward twice that number would require huge storage capacity and a crew of meticulous people to keep it in order, backed-up and so on.  One volunteer registrar could not be expected to do that level of work!
Misidentifications can be so frustrating.  They tend to get perpetuated once set in motion.  Witness some of the comments on Iris-talk about people having acquired a variety three or four times--none of which turned out to be the one ordered.  Chaos creeps, spreads, raising havoc.
Neil Mogensen

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