Gophers and iris
I planted my hillside with iris over the last 2 years (hundreds). What I noticed outside of the rabbits being desperate enough in late summer to eat the green leaves to the rhizome is that the gophers love the 'newer' hybrid rhizomes and ate them ravenously but pretty much left the older historical iris (pre-1960) alone. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? My hillside is pretty much bare of all but historical iris because of this. I've bought some gopher screening and plan to plant future iris into these submerged baskets. Won't stop the rabbits but at least I won't lose the whole plant.