I promptly planted them out front around an oak tree. I like irises around trees because while they can have long roots, generally the roots are somewhat shallow rooted and compete well with the tree. At least the irises seem not to suffer and still continue to bloom wonderfully.
I really have been unhappy with these irises as they never did anything. I was actually contemplating pulling them for placement elsewhere, since I can never throw away any plants. I really need to be more ruthless with disposing of plants no longer needed or performing well, but I am SO glad I held off on these irises. Now the tulips, they met their demise just this week as it just wasn't worth me trying to coax some life and blooms from the 100 or so I dug out of the ground. The compost can use the nitrogen.
I am used to the big bearded irises which multiply rapidly. Very rapidly. But finally, after about four years I see some success with the dwarf ones! And it was worth the wait! I need to pay better attention because I had overlooked these guys. Such was the case when I finally snapped the pictures. It would seem they had been in bud or even blooming a day or two prior to me spotting them. Spring, isn't it lovely? Nothing says spring as well as a rainbow of irises. What are your favorite varieties and/or colors of irises?
in the garden....