After we spent much of yesterday cleaning the front bed in preparation for fall planting, the rains came last night and settled the soil. I thanked the rain god for being so kind.
I thought about putting the tall yellow bearded Iris rhizomes I ordered in a fit of exuberance this fall, in the newly cleared spot. I might do so yet, but Sydney Eddison (Gardening for a Lifetime) suggests replacing perennials with easy-care shrubs. I could do this because I have yellow Hydrangea (‘Bombshell’) growing in a big pot along the driveway. I know it would thrive and be beautiful if I put it in the newly cleared location. I replaced the Iris in the back garden with a hydrangea, but I loved that old Iris and I want tall yellow iris in the front bed, even if it means I will have to fight switchgrass and other awful weeds. Call this the triumph of love and hope over good sense.
As it is, yesterday, I felt like Julia Child hovering over one of her guest cooks, as David dug and cleared out the old stuff, and I hovered over him and issued instructions. Once, we even banged heads as we both leaned over to grab a clump of rejected growth at the same time. I was awfully tired last night. All that supervising makes you weary.
Photo below, in the beginning, there was no perennial bed.
All this leads me to question my judgement concerning the yellow iris. Oh heck, why worry? The borers will carry it off before the switchgrass swamps it. We had a dogwood years ago, and it died from a borer infestation. I figure the little creeps are lying in wait for fresh new rhizomes. If only voles ate borers, the world would be a better place. I replaced the dogwood with a Red Maple, and then when it was taking off, I had my SIL take it out. Too much shade.
Both of these plants are heat and drought tolerant. Will the Iris be both? Don’t know, but I got to try them again. Gardeners never give up you see. Tune in this time next year and I will give you an update on the Iris. Meanwhile David swears he will help me. He would do anything to keep us out of a retirement home. Me too.
Reblooming Iris Buckwheat
First introduced in 1989, ‘Buckwheat’ features lightly ruffled, creamy yellow standards and falls with a slight sweet fragrance. One of those soft shades that works well everywhere, both spring and fall.
There is a small but growing number of Bearded Iris that bloom gloriously in June, then flower again in late summer and into fall. They have no requirements beyond a light dose of fertilizer once the first bloom is complete and regular watering when things get hot and dry. This small effort is amply rewarded as the season draws to a close.