The rhizomes were temporarily planted in the raised strawberry bed, and the pot that held last year's bell pepper. I got them at the end of last September, free of course off Craigslist! They should have been planted before now, but I didn't have the space. Actually I did, but didn't realize it until a few days ago.
Testing the soil next to the house, in back under my daughter's window, I discovered more black plastic sheeting under the bark! That's right... more black plastic. As if I hadn't pulled out enough already. So, after a couple of hours of that, and a night's rest, I make a bed border out of rocks. Yes, that's right... more rocks. I may actually be putting dent in them! Except I found more rocks under the bark, under the plastic! You heard that right... more rocks... under the black plastic! They seemed to be set in order like an old stepping stone path. The rocks in the foreground below are some of them, flat slate type rocks.
|Iris bed to be - black plastic removal and discovered rocks|
If you know bearded iris, you know that they should have been transplanted months ago. But, they'll be fine, even if they won't bloom this year. I am eagerly awaiting blooms in my old bed, planted in September 2011. Not a bad time of year exactly, but they had been neglected, if not downright mistreated before I got them. Free... off Craigslist! They didn't bloom last spring, but they had nice growth, so I have hopes.
|Of course Boo "helped!"|