I have just been digging up my broad leaved bearded Iris (Dusky Challenger). Found these amongst the roots. They look like bulbs to me, rather than corms, but I'm sure they broke off the main plants when I dug them up. Could they be corms?
They look to me like new growth from the rhizomes of your Bearded Iris - replant them and they'll grow on.
Not sure why you're digging up Bearded Iris at this time of year?
Thanks, that's good news, as I'd love more of this Iris. We are redesigning our main border, it was planted to densely, making maintenance impossible, plus some of the plants I bought last year turned into Triffids. These Iris were being shaded out by other plants, and so didn't flower, despite putting on a huge amount of leaf growth. You'd probably be horrified at the other things we are moving now. I prefer to do most moves in Autumn, and that way as we head into Spring we know most of the work has been done. I know some things will sulk, but it's preferable to the sulk I'd have at the thought of doing all of the work on a chilly early Spring day!
Best to rejuvenate Bearded Iris beds in mid-summer, just after they've flowered. But sometimes you gotta do what you've gotta do.