Cindy, On the Iris, it is always best to leave them in place for 6-8 weeks after they have finished blooming. this gives the plant time to take up nutrients necessary to produce beautiful blooms for you next year. Then when you move them you are moving a healthier more robust rhizome. If for some reason you absolutly must move them early you risk losing a bloom season next year but not always. They will eventually bloom for you again. Don't forget the bearded iris need a minimum of 6 hours a day of sun. Carolyn in Los Gatos, CA with over 1000 bearded iris in my garden and a few hundred others. By the way, it is open free to the public weekend afternoons this month and first week of May if any of you are in the area and would like to stop by.