After the recent rain I checked my irises and noticed that they were coming out of dormancy. The rhizomes had little nubbins on them. I had heard that this was the time to divide and transplant them, though it seems a bit early. Well today I dug in and divided a few. I think it is a bit early, so I will wait with the rest. Here’s how it went.
|Irises in spring look very pretty in this location.
|Not so nice the rest of the year because….
|Milo likes to use them as a bed.
|After the rain I noticed the little nubbins growing from the rhizomes, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch.
|I know that Pacific Coast Hybrid irises like these are not as easy to transplant as bearded irises. You have to get the timing right. It seems early but thought I dig a few out.
|Here they are ready to be cleaned up and transplanted.
|Bearded irises are really easy to divide and transplant. Our native ones are a bit more sensitive and must be put in the ground immediately.
|It really is stupid to set up the camera on timer for shots like these. Don’t know why I do it – didn’t think I was that egocentric.
|Watering them in well. Notice that I do not bury these deep. The rhizomes and must be right at the surface – a lesson my mother taught me. Her bearded irises were amazing!
|Here they are, planted, watered, and mulch replaced. Hope they make it!