The Truculent Gardner, and should I move them now?
I'm a new gardener, became a country mouse just three years ago after decades in the Big City. The home I bought was completely without gardens excepting a few stray plants left by the original owner. As there was a tremendous amount of weed or wild areas, I've had to employ a gardener for the big jobs and to help with planting.
A few weeks back, I ordered two each of six reblooming irises. While I was working in another area, I gave them to her to plant. After she left (without telling me she was), I walked to the side of the house and saw that she'd planted the (rather small) rhizomes in two groups of six, two rows of three, which is fine, but virtually on top of each other.
I called her and asked why she planted that way and she went completely off on me, telling me I'm "far too critical" of her work, and a long, unhappy confrontation ensued, telling me about her forty years of experience, how she doesn't like irises because the blossoms are too short-lived, etc. etc.
OK, she goes after next Spring's opening up, given how much she wound up upsetting me, but meantime, the way they're planted is making me more than a little nuts.
They'd be pretty easy to move, but am I doing the right thing by following the instructions about spacing found just about everywhere? Or does she have something right in her thinking about an immediate impact? I sure don't have any problems with nicely spaced, aligned rows, which there is plenty of room for. (I suspect she'll go crazy when she sees this and probably quit, which I really don't want to deal with right now.)
Thanks in advance for any advice!