Recently I’ve been writing about a flower bed that was in desperate need of cleaning and thinning.
This is the iris bed the way it looked over the summer.
Though I love all the green that surrounds this tree it was really a mess.
Even though I waited until the ground was still soft from recent rains, it still took me several hours to dig up all the iris rhizomes.
So I spent one day digging.
A couple of hours to break the rhizomes into individual iris’ to replant.
Another day pulling roots, weeds and little trees.
Except for one tree that had gotten so far along I had to get The Captain and his tractor to pull it out.
And then another day replanting and mulching the flower bed.
When I first wrote about thinning the overcrowded iris’, I wrote that I would probably have five or six hundred iris’ to find homes for.
And boy was that an understatement.
I ended up with 1,229 iris rhizomes. Give or take a few. With all the interruptions I had while breaking and counting, it could be more.
To let them dry after breaking I laid them out on the picnic table, seats and top, for a day.
Then boxed them up and filled the table and seats again.
Seriously, that’s how many I had.
And I still have most of them.
Here’s the bed almost ready to replant.
During this dig I encountered MANY roots and hickory nuts and hulls.
I also awakened from their winter nap several grub worms and earthworms.
I replanted only forty of the iris rhizomes around the border of this bed behind the monkey grass.
I’m still contemplating what to do with the rest.
Here’s the finished flower bed.
Quite a difference from those first two pictures to this one, wouldn’t you say?
I still haven’t repaired and repainted the cart with the flat. I’m saving it for a winter project.
I’m so glad that it’s completed.
Now I can get on with other things.
And enjoy it all winter, before the weeds start trying to take over again.