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When I set a slip of native iris in the overflow area by the pond a few years ago, I did not realize how rewarding it would be to watch the plant develop. At first, I was simply grateful that it struck root. The rhizome itself is interesting to watch, since it sits close to the surface and is expanding in its rick-rack way to form a tight mass.
At the moment, last year’s leaves lie along the margin of the pond like rushes on a floor. Any cool season sun generates new growth that is reabsorbed when conditions don’t favor further development.
The glowing seed trusses of autumn lie in clusters where the stalks toppled, and I anticipate sprouts that will expand the clump beyond the limits of the root mass.
The plant is untouched. I’ve cut no flowers, groomed no foliage, and spread no fertilizer. Its growth patterns are true to the light that falls on it and to the water that seeps over the lip of the pond. The plant is a study in the evolution of form.
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