last some warm weather. What a wet spring we have had. But the iris
seem to have enjoyed the moisture. Mine all seem to be blooming much
earlier than I remember. There's something else my iris seem to
like...less competition from weeds.
Last summer and again this year, I have taken on the challenge of
completely redoing my ten year old garden beds, at the same time as our
club took on the challenge of completely redoing the Fort Missoula
Public Garden beds. Our club members can now take pride in the great
look of our public gardens, just as I take pride in the remake of my
gardens at home. The finished beds are weeded, with new edging, gravel
for mulch, and re-planted. In my case at home, I installed commercial
grade landscape cloth before I put the gravel down, so I'm hoping
maintenance will be at an all time low at home.
And all my iris are either in bud or blooming, and I mean all. Much
to my surprise, even the ones I transplanted this spring to their
permanent bed are blooming. I thought I would have a void year when I
moved numerous rhizomes last year; some went to permanent beds, some
went to temporary beds as I redid several beds. The only thing I can
attribute the massive bloom to is the fact that they were not left out
of the ground for more than a few hours, the clumps were divided and are
smaller now, and that they now happily have very few weeds to compete
with. Maybe the moist spring weather was a plus, too.
But there are two unexplained phenomenons in my gardens. The name
tags, all redone as well when I moved them, seemed to have jumped in
front of the wrong iris. How to explain the name "After Dark" in front
of a snowy white iris with an orange beard. Or to my total
consternation, no matter how careful I thought I was in moving them, how
did three different iris get together in one clump? Makes for some
interesting blooms in the garden but a lot of frustration when it comes
to digging for our annual sale in July and having to throw beautiful
blooms into the grab bag because I can't identify them.
The one nice thing, though, as I grow more mature is even though my
back will not hold up as long as it used to, my grandchildren are now
reaching the age where they can help. The down side is I have to pay
them to help. Oh well, five beds finished; only seven to go.
Do you know the difference between a normal gardener and an obsessed
A normal gardener won't leave town when the tulips are in bloom.
An obsessed gardener won't leave town when the tulips, daffodils,
lilacs, roses, clematis, iris, lilies, rhododendrons, asters, peonies or
day lilies are in bloom.