Yesterday afternoon Anne and I took on the chore of digging up an African iris, dividing it and replanting. The project was made more difficult by the fact that a sprengeri fern had woven itself into the root ball of the iris.
We dug and dug until we could drag the clump out onto the sidewalk . All the while we were trying to keep the corms and the berries of the fern from falling back into the planting hole. Then we hacked away with saws to separate plantable clumps and tease out the sprengeri roots. It was a prodigious task.
Anne will pot up the extra iris and sell them at the nursery.