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Re: TB: Barcelona R&I?

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: TB: Barcelona R&I?
  • From: "nmogens" neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 09:09:45 -0000

--- In iris-photos@y..., Linda Mann <lmann@v...> wrote:
"I wonder if this is one that has gotten mixed up in commerce, or if 
it just varies a lot in color depending on soil/weather.

"The 1980 Schreiner catalog says: '...two-toned Iris with standards of
beige-champagne with violet infusions at midribs.  Wide, flaring falls
are rich wine red with tangerine beards.'  Late bloom.  That 
description pretty well matches their photo and mine."--Linda Mann

Neil replies:

Opal's BR0WN'S SUNNYHILL GARDENS catalog of 1977 lists:
"BARCELONA ...Standards of deep champagne with violet infusion at 
midribs.  Wide, flaring falls are wine-red with tangerine beard.  
Well branched stalk.  Unique and distinctive.  A. M. '70"

Sounds just about like the Schreiner entry.

One thing about registration entries--often they are based on one or 
another standard color chart.  The names given to colors are pretty 
arbitrary, culturally based, often not horticulturally relevant, and 
not always in accord with what we subjectively see in the garden and 
what gets said in the sale catalog.  I don't think I'd get very 
excited by the difference you note between the R&I and the catalog 
descriptions.  As to photos, I occasionally see one that really looks 
like the iris as it grows in the garden.  And I do mean 
OCCASIONALLY.  Most of the time the three-dimensional impression and 
subtle coloring of most varieties is so distorted both by photography 
and color printing that Wiloh Wilkes once wryly asked Lloyd Austin 
which iris she was to order--the one from his garden or the one 
offered by his color printer.

Neil Mogensen  z 6b/7a near Asheville, Hendersonville, NC

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