I have been actively trying to rescue 60+ year old Quaker Lady from the side of my house, and would love to know if any of you have rescue stories of your own. I would like to think I am not the only one crazy enough to do things like the following:
There were gardening notes in my basement about flowers the previous owner had planted in a rock garden in the 40's. For years tiny fans have been poking up through what used to be a rock garden, but never any blooms. A couple of years ago I started digging up the fans, like this one:
And I transplanted the largest fans into my gardens. Last year I wrangled the itty bitty fans and put them in a side garden to grow. This is the growth over winter (Note: the fan on the left started with a rhizome smaller than the fingernail on my pinky):
This one is the overachiever and bloomed already:
And this is a clump after 2 years growth:
I had never seen Quaker Lady before last year, but I love it and it's will to survive after 60+ years of neglect.