Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Cataloging the Irises
The irises and peonies are blooming.
The irises are about to die out; we need badly to take them up, rework their beds, thin them, and replant. Also, the hundreds of spring bulbs under and around them need to be thinned. I decided in order to do that; the irises will have to be moved to a new location. (Click on photos to enlarge)
Then we can dig the bulbs, and rework the large island bed then plant them back in, selecting the largest and best bulbs. That will take many days.
Therefore, today, I spent time making a rough sketch of the back yard marking locations of irises, then keyed the locations to a long list of descriptions of the blooms.
Hopefully, I will know which - is - which when they are dug, out of bloom. There are some very nice ones that I must not let die. No telling what they are worth if bought new these days. Previous owner, Mary, planted them. I brought with me to this house only one iris, a standard dwarf bearded (SDB).
If irises are moved right after they bloom, they will probably bloom the next year. Otherwise, they most likely will not. The problem with that is: the weather here turns very, very warm about that time. It will be a very difficult undertaking and I dread it, especially since it has to be done during hot weather when I tend to nearly pass out - so far avoided - but this may do me in.
I will need a lot of help and work early mornings. That is a laugh! Students don't do mornings.... and neither do I.