Division of the bearded iris | Gardening

During the hot summer days, gardeners mainly try to keep control of routine tasks: crushing annuals and perennials; weeding; watering cans and vulnerable plants; and maintenance of the compost pile. But if you are growing bearded irises, add “dividing iris rhizomes” to your to-do list.

For the why, when and how of this annual task, read “Iris division” from Penn State Extension Service and “How to divide the iris” from Savvy Gardening for expert advice. If you want a visual lesson, here’s a Youtube video prepared by the master gardeners of Toronto.

All bearded irises, even the shortest, can be divided in late summer. It’s a great way to keep plants healthy and increase your store of favorites.

It’s also time to remove a few tasks from your to-do list. It’s time to stop the extra feeding of trees and shrubs, as the resulting new growth may not have time to harden before winter arrives. It is also best to avoid moving or dividing herbaceous perennials or seeding a new lawn when it is hot and dry. These projects are best done in the fall, when temperatures are generally cooler and there is a likelihood of more rain. (Sadly, that’s not often the case these days, but hopefully.)

Design with small ornamental grasses

Not everyone has room for the tall and spectacular ornamental grasses so popular these days, and not everyone likes the task of cutting large clumps in late winter / early winter. spring to make room for next season’s growth. But if you want the texture and shape that ornamental grass can provide in a perennial bed or low-maintenance hosta partner, consider some of the shorter varieties, such as heath grass. and dwarf fountain grass. In “Benefits of Short Ornamental Grasses,” Judith Adam lists some of her favorites.

The smartest insects in the world

Have you ever wondered which insect is the smartest? Maybe not, but the folks at Atlas Obscura asked a few entomologists this question. Of the many bugs to consider, I’ll narrow your options down to three to give you a head start. Are they ants, bees or cockroaches? here is The verdict.

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