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Re: Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'
  • From: "Harold Peters" <harold@directcon.net>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 05:04:19 -0700

There are three different levels of concern about making an significant
decisions about color.
First, what anyone of us sees on a color monitor is at best an approximation
of the real color.
Second, iris colors may not be consistent within the same garden but are
almost assured to be different in different climates, different soils,
different daylight, etc.
Third, you could have two people standing side by side looking at the same
bloom and they would describe it so differently that you would swear at
least one was absolutely crazy. Color blindness comes in a number of forms
and unless there is a significant safety problem, no one cares. However the
reality is that color perception is not uniform between all individuals.
Then you can compound the perception problem with the errors introduced by
using words to describe shades of color.
And then if you want to get picky, it may be that a sib seedling that is
very close to the named seedling is also circulating under the same name.

Harold Peters
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
harold@directcon.net  www.beautiful-view-iris.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Tyerman" <ptyerman@ozemail.com.au>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2001 10:59 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'

> Howdy All,
> I could nearly swear that someone sent an email either to myself or to the
> List about the fact that the UK version of 'Walter Butt' is really a
> different colour to the picture I sent the other day.
> I've looked but I cannot find this email anywhere.  I'd really like to
> follow this up.  Could that person either respond to myself or the list
> could anyone else who feels that there may be a colour difference please
> let me know.
> The 'Walter Butt' is really an icy sky blue, with no mauve in it at all
> really. I'm sure the email I saw said that theirs was grey-mauve and grey
> in certain lights.  I'd actually say that mine was a little more blue than
> the colour of the picture I sent.
> I'd just like to track down whether A) I have the wrong thing or B) that
> stock we have in Australia is actually not the same as the UK.  That's
> really the benefits of a photos list like this.  Discrepancies can be
> that wouldn't be picked up in descriptions.
> Thanks in anticipation peoples.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> mailto:ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Crocus, Cyrtanthus,
> Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that
> doesn't move!!!!!
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