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Re: Unnamed Irises

On 10/10/96 5:14PM, in message 
JForte21@aol.com wrote:

Everyone, especially HIPS people:
I'm wondering--what are the chances that the old-fashioned iris we run 
here and there once had a real name?  Did many non-registered iris 
sneak out
of the nurseries, or did a large percentage of them simply become 
from their names as the years went by?

Mary Forte, Atascadero, CA, zone 8/9, feeling sorry for her poor nameless
irises and wishing the 100+ days would go away
    In my humble opinion I would say that most iris that are not species 
were once named hybrids.  Somewhere along the line either the 
purchaser or the garden stopped keeping track.  We have all seen the 
ads for 40 mixed iris for $XX.XX.  It is difficult for those of us who care to 
keep track of them.  Until I got "into" iris I didn't even know that flowers 
had names, much less that you needed to keep track of those names.  
Now I have tags, maps and computer files on everything.  Just another 
record keeping, obsessive, compulsive personality.
Dana Brown  Lubbock, Texas  Zone 7
Where the coldest it's ever been is 
-17 on 2/8/33 and the warmest it's 
ever been is 114 on 6/27/94

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