Irises forum: Interesting anomalies in the 2018 TB popularity poll.

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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 14, 2019 9:48 AM CST
Its normal for hot new irises to jump up the popularity poll as if they have wings. What's not usual is when an iris that was introduced 30 to 42 years ago, and which has been on the top 100 list for many years, suddenly rockets upward. It's weird. But, hey, maybe some chronically under-rated irises are finally getting some notice. I certainly think that Champagne Elegance is one that deserves it.

This year's examples:

"Before the Storm" introduced in 1989, rose 22 places from last year to this.

"Champagne Elegance" introduced in 1987 rose 33 places in the poll this year.

"Supreme Sultan" introduced in 1988 jumped up 34 places in this most recent poll.

"Victoria Falls" introduced in 1977, jumped up 21 places this time. And this was after all our comments as to how Victoria Falls always falls. But maybe her gorgeous blooms are worth staking. :)

I do think more people need to be casting their votes every fall.

Comments?




Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
DaisyDo
May 14, 2019 10:06 AM CST
Incidentally, it has been so darned wet and soggy that I have little pools in my yard, and have had to go out and stake up fallen bloom stems on both Dusky Challenger and Absolute Treasure. But I'm not going to discount them because of this. My yard is an absolute swamp right now, and DC and AT just happen to be the only ones laden with open blooms.

Oh for some sun, and not having iris blooms dashed to smithereens by punishing rain!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 14, 2019 10:20 AM CST
DaisyDo said:
Oh for some sun, and not having iris blooms dashed to smithereens by punishing rain!


I lost Half my iris blooms this year to the constant rains. Many I did not get a photo of.
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 14, 2019 11:21 AM CST
Yes, it's so sad when this happens.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 14, 2019 9:53 PM CST
That's a lot of blooms you missed out on Bonnie Thumbs down

I imagine the popularity of an iris can change from year to year depending on which ones the people voting saw that year. Maybe an older variety was entered in an iris show and go greater exposure.
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 15, 2019 12:09 AM CST
Yes, but this was popularity poll was not a show award, and it was not judges voting on a display. The ballots are mailed in from members in their homes, the huge majority of whom have probably never even been to one of the conventions. I am an AIS mmember but I have never been to one of the shows. They are always too far away for me to attend. I have to make my judgments from what I am growing, what I have seen in local public gardens, and to a lesser extent, perhaps photos from the database, provided there are enough photos of a given cultivar to make a fair judgement.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 15, 2019 6:29 AM CST
Don't you think that these "iris forums", "facebook pages", and all the "sharing " that comes from them have a pretty good effect on popularity ? "X" posts a pic of an iris...it's "well received", and shared out with , maybe, 4 other 'members", so, some things can get spread around, pretty fast' And, since "iris fans" are the ones viewing the forums, AND joining the societies, AND filling out all the "surveys" Shrug! . And, reading about other's experiences surely affects MY opinions on different cultivars, so, it is bound to "color" my responses to the different surveys.
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 15, 2019 8:38 AM CST
Arlyn, you are right on that, too, of course.

And we have sunshine today! I must be out in it!

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