Was it something I did? Something I didn’t do? Or something that didn’t involve me at all?
The Iris danfordiae did not bloom this year after two years of blooming in mid-March. All I got were a bunch of strappy leaves.
Oh, where for art thou, I. danfordiae?
I spent just a few seconds doing some research to find out that this dwarf iris has a habit of forming so many bulblets that the original or parent bulb loses its vigor and often doesn’t bloom after the first or second year. I wonder why I didn’t find this out before I bought the original bulbs?
The good news is that if I let these bublets continue to grow, in a couple more years, I’ll have more blooms.
A couple more years? Is it worth the wait? The bed where these Iris are growing is going to be redone a bit with the new Garden Design. With all that going on, one of three fates awaits these early blooming irises.
I might dig them up and move them someplace else where they can continue to grow and mature.
Or, I might not dig them up and just take my chances that they’ll remain undisturbed in all the digging around them and continue to grow and mature and flower in a few years
Or, I might not dig them up and they will be inadvertently dug up and tossed aside as plants around them are dug up and removed and new plants take their place.
Decisions! There are many decisions to be made with a new garden design – tiny decisions involving irises, big decisions involving hardscape, decisions of all sizes. Decisions!