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RE: CULT: Naming the Good Garden Irises

From: "Title, CDR Lynn A." <titlel@spawar.navy.mil>

  It has been such a pleasure to see what a range of plants have worked well
for who where -- and the comments are the best part - that even if the vast
work of tabulating results had not been accomplished (and *many* thanks for
that, Donald) this informal survey would have been worth it.  I've already
forwarded clips from this thread to non-iris-growing friends in farflung
parts of the country, as ideas for what to incorporate into their beds next
Spring, and you can bet that Lemon Pop and Baby Blessed among others will
have choice spots in my yard too - as well as a few Spuria and ABs for a
trial run (see, Dennis!). 
  Please don't let this devolve into a statistical food-fight!  My science
lab at University of Toronto had this motto above the door: "If you torture
your data long enough, Nature will confess to anything!" 

-----Original Message-----
From: John Bruce [mailto:jbruce@infinet.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 1999 1:45 PM
To: iris-talk@onelist.com
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Naming the Good Garden Irises

From: "John Bruce" <jbruce@infinet.com>

I think it was a great idea to conduct the survey that Anner and Donald 
started. There were responses from lismembers who hardly ever post,
and from iris folk who are not even members of the list.  

When the survey started, it was a "just for fun" thing, which helped
the responses from everyone, including the "lurkers" and non-listers.
While the bulk of the responses were on-list, I assume there were some that 
were directly to Anner or Donald, and thus private, not public domain.

The list of late has been very interesting, as opposed to the mundaneness
which all lists experience from time to time. The survey has been ONE of the
which has heightened interest.  I too would urge that this not become a
tool. I fear there are many who contributed to the survey that would find
a violation of the original spirit of the exercise.  Statistically, the
results are 
invalid for broad interpretation in a publication such as the Bulletin--the
sample is
far too small and the responses are almost  certainly weighted heavier to 
some regions.  Publishing and debating the results could easily result in 
squabbles/debates that would be based on shaky conclusions at best.

Now will someone please come and remove the soapbox before I am shot
off it? <G>
John Bruce   jbruce@infinet.com
President, Miami Valley Iris Society
AIS Region 6 - SSI - HIPS
SW OH Zone 5 / Sunset Zone 35

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