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RE: HYB: AIS: Haft Markings

  • Subject: RE: [iris] HYB: AIS: Haft Markings
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 12:57:12 -0500
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Hi Griff,
I think the haft markings draw your eye to the heart of the Iris and add to
its interest.

New Berlin WI

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On Behalf Of J.
Griffin Crump
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:13 AM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: AIS: Haft Markings

I agree with you, Anner, that haft markings are sometimes essential 
components of a flower's attraction.  I've said that before, of course, but 
repeat it for the benefit of any judges listening.  --  Griff

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <ChatOWhitehall@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 9:45 AM
Subject: [iris] HYB: AIS: Haft Markings

> In a message dated 9/5/2006 7:25:21 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> lmann@lock-net.com writes:
> All of  these traits are much improved in modern irises, assuming we all
> like high  bud count, wider and stiffer petals, erect stalks, and  cleaner
> hafts.
> I wouldn't assume that about the haft markings, actually. Tiger, tiger,
> burning bright....
> There are some who quite like the intriguing, distinctive, traditional
> markings of the Iris; indeed, AIS permits them when they enhance the 
> blossom. And
> why would they not permit them? Combined with a good  beard they often 
> make
> for a snazzy and elegant flower. Distinctiveness is  supposed to be a good

> thing
> in an Iris and there are a lot of banal modern  irises out there which 
> might
> be much improved by some nice haft  markings.
> When bearded irises appear in the garden magazines, it is often as a 
> closeup
> of the beard and throat and hafts of a blossom with rich traditional
> markings and velvety texture. The essence of the bearded iris, in the eyes

> of many.
> A smooth, or quiet, haft-- as opposed to a busy, or noisy one, to  use the
> traditional terms as I learned them--- is not to be despised,  certainly, 
> but
> such is only one possible variation of many on a  very rich theme. I have
> decided that the greatest joy lies  in developing an eye which recognizes 
> and
> enjoys many forms  of excellence.
> Moreover, I think the hybridizers, and AIS, should avoid defining
> perfection, or goals, too narrowly, else the game peter out.
> Cordially,
> Anner Whitehead
> Richmond VA USA
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