agree! We grow a lot of arilbreds
and a few Louisiana’s. Thanks for
reminding us that the accepted form on these flowers is vastly different than
what is “preferred” in TB’s and thank heavens they all aren’t supposed to look
>Several recent introductions appear
to have shorter standards than falls. I was taught, 20 years ago, that
the >standards and falls should be of equal length. A plant was
inferior if there was a noticeable difference.
>I've quickly scanned my judges
training book and can't find this under either balance or form. (garden
section) Is >there anything in the book about short standards?
Something I'm missing?
This is the question I was attempting to answer, and I didn’t do a very
good job of it. They were talking
about a TB with shorter standards and per the handbook on garden judging of
Tall Bearded iris pg 60, “Variability
in form is acceptable as long as the standards and falls meet minimum
requirements, producing flowers of good balance and proportion.” The handbook goes on to say (3
paragraphs later), pg 62, “The
falls should be large enough in relation to the standards to produce good
balance, but not so large that they dominate the standards and destroy
proportion”. If the standards are noticeably
shorter then, IMO, the falls would be “so large that they dominate the
standards and destroy the proportion”.
One other thing to remember is that the handbook also says “Grow
whatever varieties you wish, but cast ballots only for those varieties which
clearly excel in all areas”. So we
could grow, and love a variety that doesn’t meet the requirements for form, we
just shouldn’t vote it an award. I
personally grow several iris that I don’t intend to part with anytime soon that
are not worthy of an award but still deserve a spot in my garden.
Hope this explains a little better, what I was trying to say.
AIS Region 17 RVP
Director ASI, TBIS
AIS, ASI, MIS, RIS, SPIS, TBIS
Malevil Iris Gardens
Zone 7 USDA, Zone 10 Sunset
thing I thought of was that some of the LA iris and Japanese iris I like have
standards much shorter then the falls.
species have standards much bigger than the falls. Some of those I like
a small difference between standards and falls may make an iris seem out of
proportion. But if the difference is great enough, you don't compare
them, and can accept a different look.