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Re: What variety of Iris is this in my picture?

  • Subject: Re: What variety of Iris is this in my picture?
  • From: Jan Lauritzen <janicelauritzen@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:14:51 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Margie,

I am not an expert either  I do know that Eleanor Roosevelt usually doesn't grow leaves which are too tall.   Debbie didn't mention the height of her clump.

I am also interested in the difference between Spring and Fall bloom.  Like Ruth's Love which always has straight stems in the spring but has stems which wander all over the place in fall.  I wish it would do it in the spring because it makes more fun and interest in artistic arrangements for the spring show.  Oh well.  Can't have everything.

Jan in Chatsworth, CA

From: "birdwoman424@aol.com" <birdwoman424@aol.com>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:38:42 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] What variety of Iris is this in my picture?

In a message dated 6/10/2009 3:49:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, janicelauritzen@ yahoo.com writes:
Eleanor Roosevelt is a dark purple bitone but your photo shows a fairly bright, much lighter plumish color. 
*This is not my photo, I was one of the people who was trying to id the iris. You are right, Eleanor Roosevelt is a darker bitone than the one in the photo provided by Debbie. I too have Eleanor Roosevelt planted on the south side in my garden and it does appear most of the time a dark purple. However, when the sunlit streams through it, it appears to be much lighter magenta/plum like color. I zoomed in to enlarge the beard of Debbie's  flower and it appears to be a light blue/purple beard and deeper into the beard towards the center of the flower the beard appears to be yellowish color.
That is why I suggested Julia Marlowe.  Try this site:  

http://www.argyleac res.com/gallery/ view_list. asp?alpha_ z=h-k 
*Yes, I looked at Julia Marlowe but the tip of the beard appears white. It's so hard to ID these irises so much depends on the lighting, the camera and the monitors.

and scroll down to the picture and see what you think.  It may not be the iris that you have, but I think it is more in the colors of the pictures you sent.  (You may have to copy and paste as it doesn't seem to automatically provide a link)
*I also viewed some photos of Eleanor Roosevelt at Dave's site. If you look at all his photos at this site you will see one at the bottom where half of the flower is light up by sunlight (magenta/plum) and the other half is the typical darker purple that we are use to seeing in Eleanor Roosevelt.
When viewing  Debbie's photo the unopened buds appear to be  very dark, almost black.
If you take your photo - which is excellent in clarity, and lighten it up, it appears to be a similar color to Debbie's.
Believe me, I am absolutely no expert - far from it. I too was thrown off by the color and that's why I asked Debbie if her iris  blooms in the early spring and the Fall. It sure is fun playing iris ID detective!
I have this one iris named autumn twilight. In the spring it photographs & appears lighter pastel colors but in the Fall the colors are deeper tones. I often wonder if it has something to do with the acid/alkaline changes in the soil changing from season to season. Kinda like the ability to change some hydrangea colors form blue to pink.
Thanks for your response.

Jan in Chatsworth
MargieBrown, NY

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