Dividing a Douglas Iris, Year 2

Encouraged by last year’s success in dividing iris douglasiana, douglas iris, we expanded our planting over this past winter, and we’re already getting flowers from the new plants.

We divided more irises on November 22, 2013, using the same process as before. Here we prepared the soil and decided where to put the new plants.

iris before planting
iris before planting

After planting, we put on a top dressing of compost and moved the mulch back.

douglas iris in ground
douglas iris in ground

In rained a bit today, a good time to take pictures. Today one of the above irises, the one on the bottom, has a flower, show below.

douglas iris flower
douglas iris flower, four months after dividing

On the same day last year, we had no iris flowers in bloom — the bloom came later. This winter has been warmer than last year’s winter, and this year’s flowers and fruits are earlier. Today our irises are in full bloom.

douglas iris in bloom
douglas iris in bloom, 2014

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