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Dividing Irises

12 July 2009 15:05:36
blue irises

blue irises

Last year my blue bearded irises were fabulous (even if i say so myself). They are flowering in one of the five 'garden' pictures that I have chosen as representing the best of my garden.

This year, however, I got very few flowers, indicating that it is time to divide them.

I started to dig them all up this morning, just as rain threatened. What big clumps! It's amazing to think that all these rhizomes came from one little tub that my son, Zachary bought about 10 years ago. It was heavy going, slicing the clumps up with the spade but replanting was easy as they don't go in deep. I had enough irises to spread into further flower beds than before. So I'm looking forward to a good display next spring.

And I kept 3 plants over and put them in pots to bring to the garden.ie get-together next Saturday. There is also one each for Cooper and Head Gardener.

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Gismo1981 Gismo1981 12 July 2009 16:31:52

I was just looking at Iris's last night in my new plant book (or my little bible as I call it) there are so many pretty colours I never realised. I cant wait to go bulb shopping.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 July 2009 17:01:39

Do you know any garden centres in IRELAND who stock dracunculus vulgaris, Rachel. I know you got yours from Dobbies, but I think i'll opt for irish suppliers if possible.

LindaB LindaB 12 July 2009 17:31:03

Thanks again Rachel, I love Irises and I have some a smaller variety to divide to give you also.

Rachel Rachel 12 July 2009 17:58:56

Yes, Gismo. I adore irises too. I start dreaming of them as soon as the tulips fade. Sorry, Jacinta, don't know an Irish supplier. I got mine from Bakker (Holland), not Dobies, but I saw them for sale this year by Peter Nyssan in Manchester too. You could try Mr Middleton.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 July 2009 20:27:19

I love the snap of your Acidantheras. I got some this year and so far, they're doing well, even though there is no sign of a flower. I had never heard of them until this year. I hope mine turn out as good as yours.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 13 July 2009 09:16:55

Rachel, you've cheered me up no end I only brought one white iris from my old garden (where I had about 5 different varieties) looking forward to it. Rain and especially the wind is creating a little damage here, hows you silver birch holding up?

Rachel Rachel 13 July 2009 12:03:59

That's good. I think the acidantheras aren't hardy, Jacinta. Mine are in pots and I intend to bring them into the greenhouse for the winter. The tree is still standing, Bill. We got it before the roots actually snapped. I won't have the nice white bark to look out on this winter, with two stakes obscuring them. But at least I'll still have the trees (fingers crossed).

Drumanagh Drumanagh 13 July 2009 12:35:10

This is very cheeky of me but If you're ever dividing that gorgeous purple sedum of yours - keep me in mind!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 July 2009 19:41:51

Thanks for that, Rachel. Mine are in pots too but I didnt realize they weren't hardy.


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