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Imageauxiris
Sep 20, 2015 7:45 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
Hi all: Yes, true that with the mini RHS chart, it is sometimes necessary to say something like "lighter than" or "darker than" such-and-such colour reference number. But---there's nothing that prevents one from saying something like "cornflower blue" "conch shell pink" or other somewhat more poetic terms if you really feel that the flower has that colour. My only registration (MDB, Pain d'Épices) from this year was quite difficult to pin down in terms of RHS reference colours, but I did my best and, if asked what basic colour the flower is, I would be obliged to answer "golden bronze green, with an overlay of claret red veins on the falls and orange beards". Dunno if that's any clearer than the RHS numbers are, but it offers an idea. For me, the ideal description would be a combination between colour chart numbers and "normal" terms used to describe colours. If any of you are interested in getting an idea how well you really do see colours, have a look at this fun little colour perception test: http://www.xrite.com/online-color-test-challenge
I had quite a good score already before my recent cataract surgery and can now ace the test.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 20, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I had to stop -- talk about eye-strain!!!!!!!!! Blinking
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageauxiris
Sep 20, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
An update to what I said: here is a site that offers a glimpse at the colours on various colour charts. Granted, this is on a computer screen and not very much like using paper colour chips out in the garden, but it gives you an idea. http://www.azaleas.org/index.pl/rhsmacfan1.html
Imageauxiris
Sep 20, 2015 8:04 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
Hi Mary Ann. . . it is quite a strenuous test, I must agree. The best thing to do is take your time and look away from the screen from time to time.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 20, 2015 8:21 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
It sure is!! I only got half of it done, and I only got a couple wrong -- but I could not continue. It was distinctly uncomfortable. Shrug!

You're right -- looking away and looking back again helped.

Wonder if anyone else will try this..........
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Sep 20, 2015 10:51 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
105 was my score Blinking Blinking
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 20, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I guess that's good, Arlyn...........do they give a breakdown of what's good and what isn't? I know that 0 is perfect. Shrug!

Forgot to mention -- I have a cataract on my right eye, which is not bad enough for Medicare to approve surgery. It does interfere with my vision though. Also have a large floater in my left eye. Between the two, my eyesight is not great. Might be why it was so uncomfortable for me. Shrug!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageauxiris
Sep 21, 2015 1:12 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
Sorry to stray off subject a bit, but: Mary Ann--when Medicare does finally give you the go-ahead for cataract surgery, don't hesitate. I was scared (and I guess it was the idea of being awake during surgery that had me going), but it went well, didn't take but half an hour and now I can see REALLY WELL. I haven't seen things like this for over three years and I can't wait for iris season to come around again. I'm still looking at my photographs from this year with amazement! Also, on the computer, I was seeing greyish type on dirty white and now it's black on white again. Take the time to find a good surgeon, too.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 21, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Thank you Michele. I've taken my Mom, my brother and the Hub all for their cataract surgeries, and have seen for myself how easily they have all managed it. What I'm worried about are the restrictions during the healing process. When you have livestock, you can't just stop taking care of them. Shrug!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageauxiris
Sep 21, 2015 10:49 AM CST
Name: Michele
France
Yes, that is a concern, keeping one's hands clean enough to do the eye drops! I don't know yet how I'll manage with the garden work that still has to be done (we just came back to central France today), though part of the "careful" stuff has to do with keeping the sunglasses on out there in the garden all the time and then leaving enough time to clean the hands before putting drops in the eye. I have two different drops to do, respectively 3 (anti-inflammatory) and 4 (antibiotic) times a day for a month (!) which is kinda long, but I'll just deal with it. It is too wonderful to be able to see properly again to complain about!
Imageirisarian
Sep 21, 2015 3:23 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
The main garden trouble is not bending over for a couple weeks. (Don't lean over to clean hooves)? Sure someone else can do that for awhile. Kept my shoes on a bedside table & brought my feet up to my head. I have had both done & see so much better. John has had one & needs to do the other one.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 21, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
That's the problem, Lucy -- bending over. You gotta bend over to clean the stalls, you gotta bend over to fill the wheelbarrow with fresh shavings. You gotta bend over to move hay bales, and to peel off hay flakes to feed. There's a lot of bending over in barn-work. Shrug!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Sep 21, 2015 9:29 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
yes, I remember, although the kids had the ponies so they did the work. While I was riding in CT I took care of my Morgan cross. You would have to wear goggles dealing with hay, I think.

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