DaisyDo said:A couple times in the past year in this forum a member other than myself remarked that he/ she could recognize plants as being from certain breeders by their form. So, I started paying more attention.
I like to see blossom standards bow out a bit and then bow in to touch, or nearly touch in the center. I think that's more graceful and balanced-looking. I am not a trained iris judge, but personally I subtract mental points from an iris when I see its standards go stiffly straight up, or flare out at the tips or in a "V" form.
So, lately, whenever I see a database picture of one of these blooms that has what I deem to be a fault in this form, I open it up to see the listed hybridizer. And interestingly, I have been finding that at least 80% of the time these flowers are by just one certain rather prolific hybridizer/nursery.
I know that form is changing through the years, and I celebrate most of the changes, such as wider, more flaring ( less droopy) falls, and more ruffles ( up to a point). But I am hoping that these stiffly upright, or flaring tops will not become a new trend. I think it's awkward looking. I'm suggesting that a certain hybridizer needs to maybe reassess form standards and perhaps breeding stock.
You do what I did, and I think you'll see it's mainly ( with a few excetions) just one hybridizer. Interesting! I won't give the name. If you're observant, you can figure it out for yourself as I did.
Totally_Amazing said:I'm not sure if spreading/straight standards are "poor" form or just different .
I generally prefer standards that curl in at the top. I just went through some of my photos and noticed that some of my irises have spreading standards and I have never noticed it before. For example: This is my photo of "Don't Stop Believing"
I was doing a happy dance when Don't Stop Believing first appeared in Australia. It was such an improvement on all of the other pinks I had seen. In this case the colour and pattern make up for any other qualities that don't meet my preferences.
DaisyDo said:And I never select irises for their names. That's simply not a consideration in deciding how my garden will look. Names may be fun, but they don't make a landscape look good.
I'll take a pretty, well-formed, vigorous NOID with clear colors, over an appealing name associated with less than agreeable form or muddy color, any day of the week. Names are merely marketing ploys, and I'm not buying a marketing ploy.