Mis-spent Summer

Mis-spent Summer

We spent most of today cleaning up the property, especially our 40-foot-long front garden, and prepared the ground for winter.  We’ve had so much rain this summer and fall that it was hard to know when to do this.  And to confirm my confusion is the strange behaviour of a tall bearded Iris planted amongst a few others in the small backyard garden.  I had trundled him home along with a few others about two years ago.  The first year, baby squirrels had at his buds, thinking they were really well-shaped peanuts, I guess.  Last summer, he didn’t flower at all, though his leaves were strong, long and green.  This summer, he didn’t bloom either…but now…now that Winter is upon us, he has put forth a robust flower stem with two buds clearly about to bloom!  I am thrilled, even though I keep thinking that this iris is mentally challenged:  doesn’t he realize that his blooming season was five months ago?!  

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