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Re: TB: Cult: Tender Dykes

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 7/13/99 4:04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Suncitymom@aol.com writes:

<< Can I safely use the pictures on  the HIPS website (Quick  fix viewing) to 
help identify them when they bloom next year? We can print the pictures out 
now and save them for the club to use. We are encouraging our members to have 
a historic section in our spring show.>>

The inclusion of a historic section in a show is a very fine thing.

The pictures on the HIPS page represent the best judgment of HIPS on each 
cultivar at any given time but are always subject to revision in light of new 
evidence. From time to time one is pulled because doubts have arisen about 
the iris that was photographed. But you may assume that any iris there is 
either the right one, or something so close that we have not yet spotted the 

HIPS generally does not support the use of photographs as a means identifying 
or confirming identity of older irises, and that includes our photographs 
since people vary in their capacity to interpret the photograph in front of 
them and since photographs typically distort one aspect of a bloom or 
another, especially color. Nor do head shots, including the photographs on 
the HIPS page, show the entire plant, information which is critical in 
confirming identity.

I would say then that while the the photographs on the HIPS page are the best 
we have to offer of some cultivars to date, they should not be used for fine 
distinctions or firm identifications. What they can be useful for is showing 
what an iris obviously is not. That is, where the HIPS page shows a blue self 
and your iris blooms a bitone or plicata, you may be quite sure you have a 
wrong iris. 

Mike Lowe, HIPS Webmaster,  may have additional, or different, thoughts on 
the matter and I'll copy him on this response. You may also wish to ask him 
about printing his photos from the page. 

Anner Whitehead
Commercial Source Chairman
Historic Iris Preservation Society

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