Article: ID'ing iris from Photo's: This is so important!

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ID'ing iris from Photo's
By Denise Stewart AKA Dee on May 7, 2010

To help in understanding why judges do not want to ID from a photo

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May 6, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

What Dee is saying is so very important. Some irises have been lost forever because the ID is so mixed up on them. Caesar's Brother is a prime example. There are tons of irises out there called Caesar's Brother, and no one, not even the experts can tell which is the right one.

That's not to say you should not try to identify your irises. We have a NOID (no identification) thread going on the Irises Cubit right now, and what we can do is offer up some possibilities of who the iris might be. Then you can see if you remember buying that iris, or if the name sounds familiar, and you can do the side by side growing like Dee describes.

May 7, 2010 8:12 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Truthfully, I never really thought too much about until a friend of mine has a computer repair shop and he said bring down a CD with pictures of iris on it...he cut about 10 CD and put them in 10 different machines and if I had not been there and SAW I would never have believed what I saw.

Then on Nationals Tour one day I feel in love with one iris that is usually not in the colors I am drawn to and the next gardens I basically ignored the same iris. That night loading the pictures and the names and or seedling number there it was in three different gardens...quite different in each...I wondered why. Well one garden had given too much fertilizer to the iris and instead of helping it hurt. Another had it in too much shade and the third was about right...

As I said Dusky Challenger in Plant Files is just one of many that really shows how different one flower can look.

I still have three JI and two iris that in my gardens that I think I know but not sure and never really thought about ID from photo and they are labeled NOID # 1 with the color and that is all and the JI are really killer ones to boot. Do I love them YES, do I trade ONLY if the person trading them understands that I have not got a clue what it is... Just love the beauty of it and enjoy

Another one that is getting hard to know if you have the right iris is BATIK because there are numberous broken color with the same color in them...

Denise Stewart

May 11, 2010 3:44 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Sometime Dee, can you add links to examples (like Dusky Challenger, Plantfiles, Cubit Databases, etc). Or better yet, add pics into the article that show what you mean? (I think this would hit home to visual learners.) Smiling

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