Re: Identification help!
- Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Identification help!
- From: John I Jones email@example.com
- Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 12:09:16 -0800
mary beiler wrote:
> I am a photographer for San Diego Home/Garden
> magazine. I need help
> identifying three irises. I thought the blue one might
> be Glistening Icicle
> and the pink and apricot might be Sweet Musette. I
> have no idea what the
> magenta one could be. Any help or direction you could
> give me with this
> would be wonderful. Thank you for you time!
> Mary Beiler
Please believe me whan I say that I am not picking on you specifically,
(and here I get up on my soap box) but we have to be very careful about
trying to identify irises from pictures, especially digital ones. There
are lots of reasons, and I would be glad to go into them if you like.
The only real way to ID a particular iris is to grow your unknown next
to what you think it is, and compare them in the garden.
However in this case you may have a better chance. Assuming that you got
the names from the gardener where you took the picture, then comparing
to a catalog or digital picture would give you higher confidence (but
not certainty) in the name. If however your proposed names came from
looking at a catalog, then you have no hope of identifying them and to
promulgate a name would be an disservice to your readers.
I am sure that a number of members on this list could provide you with
additional print quality, identified, pictures for the magazine.
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