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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Irises A Plenty

Hello from Garden on Sherlock Street!

We are in full summer mode.  Shortly after Independence Day, I harvested the garlic.  It was a nice crop.  As I was working the soil, I noticed we were getting dry again.  Low and behold, that night it rained.  An inch and forty hundredths.

I need to get out into the alley and pull weeds!  Last year, the alley was crispy.  What a change.

Pulling weeds in the alley will give me spaces to plant irises.

This iris bed near the picnic table didn't bloom as well this year and I started wondering how many years it had been since I planted it.  So, the day after the rain, I set to work digging up the irises.  I started with the potato fork you see, but had to resort to a sharp shooter to get under the solid layer of iris tubers.  It was way past time to thin them out.


Here, all of the irises have been dug and are laying around the area in piles.


I trimmed the leaves down and planted some of the irises back into the area.
I also have plenty of irises for the alley, and plenty of irises to share.  A lady at work and the newest neighbor are getting irises.


The fireflies are really great in the garden this year.  I've been reading about how to photograph fireflies, but I think the garden gets too much light from lights around the neighborhood to really capture them as they need to be in the dark.  So, just take my word for it that they're great.  :-)

Because the rains have helped our city's water wells, we are going back to the water watch phase.  This will allow more hours of the day when water can be used from the faucets outdoors and people can get permits to seed new warm season lawns.  Hoping this is the beginning of drought recovery!

20 comments:

  1. Ugh-digging Iris, what a job. You're kind to share the bounty, though. I'm sure the new neighbor will appreciate the extras. And what good news about the water restrictions. Though you aren't "out of the woods" completely, at least the recent rains has helped enough to ease restrictions.
    Have a wonderful week

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  2. That was quite the gardening project. The ally will benefit, friends will benefit and your own patch will do better for the thinning.

    Glad you hear your water woes are lessening.

    Have a nice Sunday ~ FlowerLady

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  3. Oh, I think I need to do that, too (dig irises). Unfortunately, I don't have an alley to 'em in! Oh, and the fireflies are plentiful here, too. :)

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  4. It is a job when it comes to thinning down the Iris. I may be moving some myself it I end up adding some shrubbery behind most of mine.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. GonSS, I'm glad to hear that you are getting the much needed rain. We dodged the last couple rain storms which in my humble opinion was a good thing. We are not in a flood stage but are still with soggy ground. So much so that mosquitoes are breeding in the lawns. Hopefully, the drier weather will stop that from going any farther. The temps are still unseasonably cool which does not promote tomato ripening. We are headed into another week of lower 50s at night and 70s during the day. I should have planted more cabbage and onions this year. The cool weather crops did wonderfully well but not so with the warm weather crops. I have learned allot of lessons on how to cope with extreme weather conditions and next year will be a better year. The weather challenges are matched with critter challenges which make gardening exponentially difficult this year.

    Have a great weed pulling, Iris bed rejuvenating day.

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    1. You are really starting to float away with all that rain. Glad you got a break. I had a cucumber plant up and die. I think it drowned. Crazy. So, I replanted some cucumbers even though I know we'll be pushing it for them to produce. Hopefully, the remaining cucumbers will give me some. I did a lot of weed pulling and the irises are in their new places ready for some rain which we have a chance for.

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  6. Hi There, Summer is a BUSY --but FUN--time in our gardens, isn't it???? Glad you have had some needed rain--and that things are doing well. Irises are one plant which do need thinning out.. So do Daffodils. Our Daylilies though are FULL---but so far we haven't thinned them out since they are still blooming and so gorgeous in big groups...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Those iris will benefit from dividing. I've been dividing day lilies. I always wait till they don't bloom as well....guess it should be done more often.
    Have a nice day,
    Balisha

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  8. I noticed that I was becoming spoiled with all our rain. It did rain one more time but tomorrow I will water and fertilize at the same time. I need to rework all of my iris but I think my time will be later than yours. I forget that they need to be thinned down a lot to keep them blooming. Great post today and oh so much work to do in the summer.

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  9. Great job on the irises, but won't it be hard to keep them watered during the summer until they take root? I always wait to dig and divide irises and day lilies until the fall, and then I forget to do it!

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    1. I'm always amazed at how drought tolerant irises are. I divided some last year and only lost a few and that was mostly because I forgot to water them in the side garden as often. Our extension agent tells us to do this in July or August so they have time to root before winter. Basically, after the 4th of July which is my reminder. This morning, while bike riding, I saw that the city had also divided irises this week in some of their flower beds. Someone had the same idea since we'd had some rain. I always divide day lilies in the spring since they haven't started blooming yet. Day lilies are really doing great here this year. I'm loving all the colors they come in. I put some in the alley this spring, but I'm not expecting them to bloom this year. Thanks for coming by.

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  10. I think this is the reason why I don't have irises in my current garden. I remember how tough it was to divide them in my garden in Missouri. Lazy?
    You did a great job, and the plants will reward you! (and I will be green from envy while looking at your beautiful blooms, ha-ha!). Have a great week!

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  11. I can imagine the hard work that went into dividing those irises! I'm sure they'll reward you next year though. My clumps are still quite small so hopefully I can put the task off for a few years!

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  12. Good job! Dividing irises is never a fun chore but so necessary.

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  13. I miss having irises. I hope yours will do great next year now that you've lifted them. So happy about your rainfall.

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  14. Hey. .I think it is time for a visit from you. .we have MILLIONS of fireflies. .and NO competing lighting!! I'll cook. .you photograph. .and teach me your tricks as you do it!! They do seem particularly fabulous though this year, don't they?!

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    1. You would have a way better place to photograph fireflies. It's amazing when you set a camera's shutter to stay open longer how much light it can pick up when your eye thinks it's dark. I love it when they fly up by our patio door and blink at us just outside it even. I think more plants since it has rained is giving them a better environment.

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  15. What a true gardener! It is a job when it comes to thinning those down and oh the division of beauty will surely show up in glorious ways!! Glad you got some much needed rain!

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  16. Nice work! I don't know what it is but the fireflies this year have been out of this world. Obviously I haven't seen any here in Arizona but along the East Coast, they have been amazing. I'm glad you have them in your garden! Congrats!

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  17. Glad you are getting enough rain this year. We have gotten so much that we are finally officially out of drought conditions. Many of my irises didn't bloom as well this year as in the past: I think I need to do just what you have done and divide them all.

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