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Re: Re: HYB:Product Identity

When I first joined this iris group, in 2000 or so (I don't always post, but I try to read all the great info), I asked for help in identifying irises. I still remember it was Neil who responded. Nowadays, when I get asked to identify someone's iris, my answer is the same: it's a guess at best and you need to grow the named iris close to the unknown, and under the same conditions. I should just get rid of all my unknowns, but I'm rather attached to them. When I have iris tours here, I do mention the unknowns as my first irises, and tell them the best guess only story. Perhaps some of them listen...

However, on the other hand, Sandra and I trade irises, and if her unknown is one I've given her, the name is very likely correct. Just the other day, I discovered that an iris I bought in 1998 as SDB Transcribe, is not. I had been given a 2nd Transcribe as a freebie from a reliable source and the colouring is totally different. Which one is correct? The quest begins again.

I'm in the process of changing my labels to copper, with long wire stakes, in the hopes that they will last longer and the marker won't wash off as quickly. I've used china marker in the last few years and the label is quite legible still. I have well over 400 diff irises, many with 2 clumps, so this may very well take all season, just for the irises.

El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Z3

----- Original Message ----- From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
To: "Iris-talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2005 4:19 AM
Subject: Re: [iris] Re: HYB:Product Identity

Sandra, my remarks about "pouncing" don't refer to careful and knowledgeable
gardeners and iris growers such as yourself. You are far less likely to pin
an incorrect name on something you have that has gotten separated from its
label than the type of "casual" gardener I meant. You have a pretty
sophisticated knowledge of what is what, and what you may or may not have
gotten. The unknown is identified to be something you have good reason to
attach the name to and are highly unlikely to pin just any old name on
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