- Subject: RE: [iris-photos]NOID:ID's
- From: "Char Holte" email@example.com
- Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 07:47:31 -0500
- Importance: Normal
I think you
are absolutely right and that is a good method.
Noids are a
There are two points I would like to add to your discussion below.
First, the vast majority of gardeners don't care about the
cultivar names of their plants. That applies to roses and daylilies as
well as irises. Those of us who do care know that it takes 3 levels of
documentation (computer map, field staking and video taping) combined with an
obsessive attention to detail to maintain accurate records. That means that
even more errors are to be expected. I have been told that during bloom season
Schreiner's has a 3 man crew who spend all day rouging the field beds.
Second point is that identification technology is still not up to the
level to be fully useful. The most obvious level of identification is visual.
Until there is a color standard that can be
used with color calibrated cameras and monitors, there is
little hope of significant improvement over current practices. I was
having a similar conversation about a year ago and made the statement
that this identification problem would only be solved when a complete DNA
profile had to be attached to the AIS registration form. Someone in the group
who knew a lot more about DNA profiling than I do stated that that technology
had a lot more development to do before it would be useful for this purpose.
It has to be able to distinguish between siblings.
I find a misidentified clump in my garden, I replace the cultivar name stake
with one that says "for sale immediately". When a customer is interested, I
watch their body language closely and price the clump to sell then. When the
customer says "Yes" I get the shovel. The
customer is happy and I am happy to get rid of the NOID.
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
How can we reduce the number of misnamed Iris? There are times when I
feel a great many Iris people don't read. Many of course don't even know
what a checklist is. Having assembled the species checklist and put
descriptions in it that were not easily available I find it disconcerting
when I see people post questions that would be easily answered there. But
again people don't read. One of the reasons I keep campaigning for
illustrated checklists is that people do look at pictures. Even if you can't
identify an iris from a photo you can often say when it is wrong. If we are
ever to get fewer misnamed Iris for sale I say we need photo galleries to
refer to. Written descriptions are good too, but again people who don't read
will look at
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