Seeing my dwarf iris bloom this weekend kind of caught me by surprise. I went out into the back yard Saturday morning and there it was in all its purple glory.
I only have a few other bearded irises, and they won't start blooming for a few more weeks. That's why I was surprised to see this one blooming in April. In fact, those other irises don't even have any buds showing.
This dwarf iris is only a foot tall, if that, and has a nice iris scent.
Smelling it, I was reminded that when I visited the Natural Gardener during the Spring Fling earlier in April, I completely missed seeing their big iris display, planted for the American Iris Society Convention, held in Austin in mid-April.
Instead of looking at the iris or the butterfly garden, I was inside looking at...
the garden tools, including quite a few hoes.
I went through the display noting "have", "have", "don't have", "have", "have", "oh, I'd like that one", "have".
You get the idea, you know the story. I have 15 working hoes (bought new), five old hoes that are just for having, and one hoe head from a hoe my Dad had. Oh, and several hand hoes.
One of the hoes on display at the Natural Gardener that I didn't have was a Cobrahead Long-Handle. But thanks to the wonderful people at Cobrahead, now I do.
After I took the official picture of the new Cobrahead hoe for my hoe collection post, I put it into action to see if I liked it.
And I like it. The working end up of it is quite sharp, just like the short-handled version that I got for Christmas, which makes it very nice for cutting out weeds, especially in tight quarters.
It also did a good job breaking up the ground, which is one of the key features of a good hoe, though I'll admit if I had a big area to cultivate, I'd choose one of my other hoes with a larger head. But this one did a great job of making a nice long, fairly deep, furrow which will be good for planting beans and corn later this spring.
The smaller head on this hoe also makes it good for working in close quarters around plants. I used it to knock out quite a few weeds in one section of a perennial bed, and never missed and cut off a perennial by accident.
I can see myself of an evening, strolling around the garden with this hoe in hand, using it to cut out weeds that dared sprout behind my back in my vegetable garden or perennial border.
A lot of gardeners have commented that they don't think they need or want a hoe because they don't have a vegetable garden. For those gardeners, I would suggest a hoe like this one, with a sharp, smaller head to get around closely planted perennials.
"Hoes... they aren't just for vegetable gardens..."
It's all hoes all week here at May Dreams Gardens, leading up to the one time only Garden Bloggers' Hoe Down on Saturday, May 3rd.
To join in, post about your hoes (or rakes or shovels) on Saturday, then leave a comment on my hoe down post so we can find you. You know it will be fun and a good time for all!