This almost-blooming Japanese Iris looks like a delicate little thing, doesn’t it? I got the original plant from my friend Judy, when I was working at her and husband’s greenhouses. I had admired the huge clump of them that she had for several years and one spring the two of us decided that we should dig up some of them for me to take home. Which turned out to be easier said than done, and we finally resorted to a pickaxe to pull one small section of it up.
Then last summer, we decided that the clump of mine were not in a great place, and had to be moved. Larry offered to dig them up for me, which was a huge relief because he is much better with a pickaxe than I am. He got it all loosened up and still could not get them to let go of where they were, so, farmer that he is, he threw a chain around the whole deal and yanked it out with the pickup truck. We split them up and planted them all over the place, including several little bunches in the front garden. This year, they bloomed better we have ever seen them, so we were right to think they weren’t very happy before. You would not think something that looks this pretty, would require the use of heavy digging equipment though, would you? I tell you – gardening is not for wimps!