Our back door neighbor (her house sort of backs up to ours) Barbara is the best. She is the type of neighbor you love to have. Always happy, always brings you goodies and loves all my roses.
She jokingly announced to my wife yesterday that she had tried repeatedly to kill all the irises, lilies and amaryllis in the bed at the side of her house and they just would not die…Barb is trying to simplify her life). She said she was gonna spray roundup and get out her shovel and let the dirt fly…..
Unless of course, we would like to come and dig them up….
Never one to refuse the gift of a cutting or a sprout or two from a friends garden, I was at her house today with my shovel and carefully removed this offering…… I normally would not dig these plantings at this stage of the growing season, but I hated to see them succumb to the dreaded “roundup” treatment.
I boxed them up, brought them home and have now replanted most of them in my garden. Some of the iris and lilies had some signs of mold and some were mushy, so I cut away the mushy parts until I could only see white inside the tuber.. Then, I gave them them the following cleaning treatment:
1 part bleach to 4 parts water in a shallow pan. A quick dip in the solution and then out on the patio table to dry, then replanted……..
Thank you Barbara.