The main reason for writing this post is Irises will be blooming soon in Texas. Some parts of the state will have the showy flowers bloom in February. In my area, they tend to bloom in March and April. My mother-in-law found out about the flower from me, and as usual when she planted her Iris bed, she had a show that lasted for a good month or more. I have not been so lucky.
This is probably due to the fact that Pat and I both are somewhat Darwinian when it comes to gardening. It's the survival of the fittest around here. A plant in our garden has to live on the rainfall and intermittent watering they receive from Pat. Fertilizer? What's Fertilizer?
I digress. The point is the Iris blooming season is upon us, and if they have been neglected during the winter, never fear. There are a few things that can be done now to ensure lovely spring blooms.
Once Irises begin to bloom, wait until the blooms and stems dry up before removing them. Again, the rhizomes use the bloom and stem to store sugar for the next blooming season.
The only pests I've noticed on the Irises are snails. To help out this growing season I will be ready with the beer to entice the slimy slugs to their happy demise.