Irises forum: A discrepancy?

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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Jun 8, 2017 8:43 PM CST
Being new to irises, I'm still learning how the actual flowers differ from so-called glamour shots that are featured on vendors' websites. (Incidentally, I wish more photos of the whole plants were available.) However, I bought 7 varieties last year and have been pleased with all of them so far. The only disappointment, if you can call it that, is Flip, a bonus sent with my order. Here the flower's form and coloring look substantially different from the advertising image. We've had unusually cool and rainy weather, so maybe that accounts for the discrepancy? In any case, the blooms that have greeted me are rather frumpy. Don't think I'm going to keep this one.

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'Flip' from my garden.

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'Flip' on the vendor's website.

[Edit to correct "will" to "wish."]
[Last edited by Tienito - Jun 9, 2017 5:40 AM (+)]
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Jun 8, 2017 11:18 PM CST
Welcome Tienito! Welcome!

A lot of things can play with the color of an iris photo. The camera used, the time of day the photo was taken, the weather the photo was taken in, whether it was taken it the sun, or the shade (or overcast), the camera lens, the soil in your garden, the weather patterns for that bloom season. Sure some vendors enhance the colors of their photos (which annoys me), but you learn to live with it. That's why the photo database on here is so great! It shows the same flower growing in other people's gardens and gives you a more accurate visual representation of the actual bloom.

Since yours was a bonus, I wouldn't be too disappointed. It was a free iris that they didn't have to send.
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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Jun 9, 2017 5:42 AM CST
I think it's the form more than the color that doesn't do anything for me. I know it's a bonus, but I don't have a huge garden and it's taking up room. Maybe I'll give this one to my mother-in-law! Sticking tongue out
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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Jun 9, 2017 7:24 AM CST
Welcome Tienito;
Just a casual observance of your photo shows me a very nice iris! And I agree with Rob's statements above: there are so many variables. Weather, garden soils, time of day, camera, lighting, etc.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Jun 9, 2017 7:56 AM CST
And if you don't care for the form, I'd rehome it, too. Smiling
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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Jun 9, 2017 8:56 AM CST
It's a new intro (2016) so I'm wondering if you give it another year if you'll like it better. Shrug!
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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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Jun 9, 2017 5:11 PM CST
If you read through all the threads on this site, you will see a number of comments about how much better a flower looked on the second year bloom. I have several that rather disappointed me this year, but will give them another year or two if they do not bloom next year.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Jun 9, 2017 7:21 PM CST
Welcome! !
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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Jun 9, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum.

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