Irises forum: Metallic overtones?

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 15, 2012 4:19 PM CST

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What is the name for the almost metallic looking flecks on some bearded? Is this common? Here's BB-Blackbeard.
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tveguy3
May 15, 2012 5:57 PM CST
I'm not sure, but I like it!
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KentPfeiffer
May 15, 2012 10:46 PM CST

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Diamond dusting. It's pretty common on modern iris, especially the lighter colored ones.
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Muddymitts
May 16, 2012 8:21 AM CST
I love that -- "diamond dusting"!! Lovey dubby Several of my Iris photographs clearly show this -- I wondered if all Irises have it, and I just hadn't noticed.................
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 16, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Not all--whites seem to have it more frequently, or we just notice it.
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eclayne
May 16, 2012 8:51 AM CST

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Thanks Kent, Lucy. Took a magnifying glass out to look more closely. Any ideas if there's a species in the mix that has passed this down?
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PollyK
May 16, 2012 9:03 AM CST
Quite common on daylilies, too. Amazing, isn't it? Daylily hybridizers strive for it, I don't know if any of the iris hybridizers are.
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irisarian
May 16, 2012 2:30 PM CST
They mention it if diamond dust is there.
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Muddymitts
May 16, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Really Lucy? I never heard of it before this discussion. Of course, I don't get out much.................................. Rolling on the floor laughing
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eclayne
May 16, 2012 7:01 PM CST

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This photo by mattsmom shows it well.
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PollyK
May 16, 2012 7:52 PM CST
Sometime it's on the registration, Mary Ann. I don't see it registered much, though, especially on ones I know have it. Maybe Lucy is speaking of some other place they mention it.

I had a Jedlicka iris that I received as a bonus one year that was heavily diamond dusted. I will have to look up the name.

Here's a link to some nice pictures of diamond dusting:

http://cubits.org/irisforum/thread/view/64120/
Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 16, 2012 8:14 PM CST

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Here's Oblivion. Is this D Dusting? I was blaming pollen and having a difficult time getting a decent full sun pic. Especially of the falls.

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Muddymitts
May 16, 2012 8:16 PM CST
Well, I have several that are diamond-dusted -- and I have photos that clearly show this -- but do you think I can find them to show you? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. But I didn't know that it was a *thing* -- know what I mean? I thought it was just a trick of the camera that showed up in close-ups in sunlight. I'm gonna go look at your link now, Polly.
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
May 16, 2012 8:28 PM CST
OK -- here's a couple:

*Clarence*


and *Eagle's Flight*


Can you see it?
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 16, 2012 9:11 PM CST
It is usually mentioned in ads at introduction time, or reports in the iris magazine.
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Betja
May 16, 2012 9:17 PM CST
Some daylilies even have "gold dusting," which I really love although I can't think of any at the moment. I know I saw one within the last few weeks, though. Do any iris have gold dusting?

Betty

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