The problem with gardening books is that they tell me things I don't want to know. Things like "False Indigo (baptisia australis) doesn't like to be moved." Well, the problem is that I planted some last year, and as often happens, I don't like the location now.
I looked at some other books. Maybe this was just one writer's opinion. Nope.
"Baptisia puts down a long tap root and should not be moved."
"Baptisia is notoriously sensitive to being moved."
Ok. define "should" and "notoriously sensitive." Is it going to die if I move it, or what? I need to know the consequences to make an informed decision.
Maybe all these writers just have finicky plants. Maybe my baptisia are adventurous and would actually like a change of scenery.
We'll see. I gave the matter serious consideration for about 30 seconds, then dug them up and moved them to their new home. Call me a rebel.
As I was leafing through the gardening books looking for a baptisia loophole, I came upon this gem concerning irises:
"Late autumn planting is not advisable because the plants won't have a chance to send down anchor roots." Great. Irises were the next thing I wanted to move. (I moved some last January and they did fine, so I went ahead with these.)
Check back in the spring and I'll let you know what happened.