From spring until fall, something is always in bloom around here. Now, it is time for my bearded irises to show off. I have several varieties planted around the yard, but do not know the name of a single one of them. Not knowing their names does not make them less beautiful.
These irises came with the house and were planted in unusual spots in the yard and woods. For the past seven years, I’ve been digging up and transplanting these little discoveries in places where they could be better appreciated. Just when I think I’ve found them all, a new one pops up.
Irises are extremely carefree plants. In fact, I have one group that has been thriving for over eight years in a bed around a tree. With the exception of weeding and cleaning up the beds in the fall, I have done absolutely nothing to help these plants along. I used to worry about the rhizomes that were heaving out of the soil. Seems that’s not a problem. They continue to grow and thrive without any assistance. I considered dividing or fertilizing them but changed my mind. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!