Don't get mad at me, but I HAVE to find new homes for my iris...
My gardening group was volunteering a few years ago and in exchange for dividing and replanting a bunch of iris, we could all take some home. Now, I knew then that I did not have full sun beds, but I HOPED that it was enough to give me the pleasure of beautiful iris.
Well, I did get some blooms, but most stalks were very tall though and a lot of them fell over. Some only produced foliage. I simply do not have full sun anywhere except the middle of my front lawn (and it is not a big lawn, either).
I have a friend across the street who has full sun and would like to have my iris, but the weather has been crazy lately, first rain, rain, rain and now it is HOT - I don't know when to do it, and am unsure how is best. When we worked on the beds where I got the original iris from, we cut off most of the foliage (left a short, v-shaped fan) and only kept the new tubers, not the fat one in the middle. Is this the right thing to do?
Also, we have clay soil here, and the planting location at my friends house will be on a hill where there is grass at the moment - so it will be a new bed. Do I need to know/do anything special when we plant them? Her yard is huge, and if you have any suggestions as to a nice way to lay them out (there will be a privacy fence at the rear of the bed) I would appreciate any directions you can give me.
I am REALLY disappointed that I can't find anywhere to place them on my own lot (at least in any quantity). I will leave a few tucked here and there and live with less than robust blooms, but the ones that get too tall and fall over or have a weird curvy stem (I guess due to lack of sun) will have to go! Darn!!!! At least I can walk down the street and see a wonderful display at my neighbors - especially since they will be on a hill!