All Change?


I’ve spent all month working on the terraces. Blood, sweat and tears. OK, maybe not the tears.

And they look….





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… almost exactly the same!


Some new Spring growth, yes, but to balance that there are fewer plants in there now. There’s been a purge of those seeking to dominate all else: three huge clumps of Hemerocallis (Day Lilies), one clump of Astilbe, two large grasses, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, a Veronicastrum and an Eryngium.

The Day Lilies were the hardest. Why oh why didn’t I do it last year? Ever the optimist I thrust a garden fork purposefully under the clump and shoved down hard. Rock solid. Call for reinforcements…

Although Mike moved things on a little, the plants still refused to budge. In the end it took synchronised leverage, a garden fork per side, to get them out. Even in pieces the root ball could hardly be lifted between us and it needed a wheelbarrow to get the blasted thing up to its new home on the Precipitous Bank. I was dubious. We’d still left a lot of root behind. Yet safely ensconced in the pre-dug hole the plant did not even wilt. It, and the two other clumps which followed, must have put on six inches new growth in this last week alone. Day Lilies, I can tell you, are virtually indestructible.


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Astilbe and Centaurea


Back on the terraces there followed a bit of a reshuffle. Penstemons swopped positions and other perennials got divided, an oriental poppy and astrantia moved down from the middle to the lower level. The poppy is not looking so good.


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Astrantia major


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Geum ‘Eden Valley Angel’


Of course there are still gaps. I suppose there is nothing else for it. I will just have to drag myself round a few plant fairs over the next couple of months. Drat.


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Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.


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  1. Pauline March 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I can remember digging up some day lilies, they were then just dumped on top of the soil, meaning to plant them later. You know what’s coming, I completely forgot. Winter came, spring came and there they were, sending up new shoots as if they had been lovingly planted! They were planted eventually, you would never have known that they had been moved!
    You have certainly worked hard, even if you think the terraces look the same as last month, I’m sure in another month, you will be able to see the difference.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

      I hope next month I will start to see the difference, with colour/texture/height combinations improved over last year. The day lilies are certainly tough.. they are doing a great job of covering large areas of the bank for me!

  2. Em March 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    How terrible for you to have to go plant shopping……x

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

      It’s tough, but I’ll have to do it. Someone’s got to stop local nurseries going out of business.. 😉

  3. Alison March 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Your terraces look good, despite you thinking they look no different. Switching back and forth between pictures, I can see small differences. They’ll be more noticeable once everything starts flowering. I once did the same as Pauline, and left daylilies on top of the soil over the winter, and they sprouted in the spring. They are pretty much unkillable.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Someone should make a horror film out of it. The March of The Day Lilies..

  4. Denise March 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I know that you will bear with magnificent fortitude the entire horror of having to go plant shopping. You are made of stern stuff. You will survive. Don your kilt and paint your face blue – Go forth, mon brave! Go forth! Xxx

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Your support is gratefully received Denise.

  5. Joanne March 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I still looks good & you know as the weather warms it will fill up more. Plant shopping, how my heart bleeds for you – not! Have fun.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Joanne. Ironically the bank, where must of the stuff ended up, is looking better off than the terraces!

  6. SeagullSuzie March 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Plant shopping….oh what a joy, It’s my favourite type of shopping! I’m sure the hard work will pay off very soon, as just this weekend I have noticed so much more growth on plants and trees in the garden.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

      The current sun/rain combo is working wonders isn’t it. Someone told me this weekend we are going to have a magnificent summer – 110 days of sunshine. Bit sceptical of long range forecasts (wasn’t this winter supposed to be the coldest on record?), but it’s a nice thought.

  7. Christina March 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Lucky you to have some plant fairs worth attending, I’m sure you’ll manage to be strong willed and only buy plants on your list!?!? But don’t plant anything in the spot the hemerocallis came out, what the others didn’t tell you is that Hemerocallis is a prime subject for root cuttings, and you know what that means? Every tiny piece of root you left behind will grow into a nice strong healthy plant.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Oh nooooo…. it really is a horror story. What a shame it’s a fairly boring specimen. I won’t make my fortune trying to sell bits!

  8. Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots March 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Now considering daylilies to compete with the feverfew everywhere.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Take care.. feverfew is easier to dig up!

  9. Chloris March 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Synchronised leverage eh? We have been working on a new project in the garden this week which involved leverage. I now know all about the fulcrum: the support on which a lever pivots. Apparently, Archimedes said he could move the earth if he had a fulcrum point. So a few day lilies are chicken feed.. Just showing off my new found knowledge. I have lived to my great age and only just found out about a fulcrum.
    You poor thing having to go and buy some new plants. I wish I could come with you to cheer you in the irksome task.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      This is where I was going wrong, obviously. Can you get a fulcrum on ebay? 😉

  10. Jo March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Such a hardship, I wish I had that excuse. I’ve never grown day lilies but I think they’re lovely, though I may look at them differently now.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

      At one of the plant fairs I go to there is a man who sells nothing but day lilies. I like them too, perhaps some of the more exotic varieties are easier to keep under control.

  11. Cathy March 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    You should be glad you didn’t have any Japanese anemones there as well, Jessica – they keep jumping out at me when my back is turned on the hot border (which used to be a blue and white border), despite thorough removal on numerous occasions! Do accept my sincerest condolences for having to out and buy some plants…. 😉

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:15 am - Reply

      The advantage of the anemones is they can cope with shade, even deep shade. I’d prefer those in the woods to the current selection of pernicious weeds. I may live to regret saying that..

    • AnnetteM April 1, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Japanese anemones are the worst. I bought some from a garden centre bargain bench not knowing what they were. They have definitely won the battle and my yellow border turns distinctly pink for a month or so every year. Good job it is late in the year when not much else is out or I would be forced to use sssh – weed killer!

      • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

        Mine are just sitting there, quite small and innocent at the moment…

  12. elaine March 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Oh I feel so sorry for you what a shame that you have spaces to fill – here’s wishing you happy shopping.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

      He who holds the keys to the budget has noticed that I have gaps to fill too, that’s the problem.

  13. angiesgardendiaries March 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I hope you are feeling the sympathy Jessica – I’m sending lots of it. Having spent the last few weeks lifting and dividing some good sized plants, I know just how you feel! I moved a daylily today and thankfully it wasn’t the similar to the monster you had to deal with!
    I hope you have a lovely time choosing new plants.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

      It’s a lot of work, but I’m sure it will be worth it. It’s a satisfying feeling isn’t it, looking at the garden and knowing that when things start to fill out this year they will be in the right place and proportion.

  14. Denise March 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Oooooooooooooooooooooooh MUST get out in the garden!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Go go go… it’s beautiful out there!

  15. wherefivevalleysmeet March 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    It is hard work and can be soul destroying digging up plants but in the long run you will reap the benefits. May be you will not need to fill the gaps that are left as the plants you have retained will most likely spread and do the job for you.
    What have you done with the daylilies?

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

      I’ve put the day lilies up on the bank behind the house. They’ve bulked out two other clumps I put up there last year. Height wise they will look in better proportion. They also have plenty of room to spread… for a couple of years at least!

  16. Christina March 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, actually I see quite a bit of change in your terraced beds and think they look very beautiful as they are right now, but, of course, you probably have a vision, as most gardeners do, and you are not completely there, yet. And I hear you, impressive visible progress in the garden doesn’t come over night (or in a month ;-)) and it takes so much hard work to really change something. Your terraced beds are also pretty big! I love the fresh new green leaves of the astrantia major, so pretty! The iberis is a new to me plant. The white flowers are so charming. Looking forward to your next End of Month View post. I am sure then there will be even a lot more change to see! Wishing you a nice week!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Thanks Christina. Iberis is a plant that lends itself to close up photography. The flowers are quite small, although a healthy specimen will have a good number of them and they are held nicely above the foliage. Here it drapes itself over the wall on the lowest level, you can just see it in the top photo at the far end.

  17. wendy March 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve been moving things around here as well, although I must admit I’ve left the day lilies alone! I believed after such a wet winter things would be easy to dig up, but not so with many of the plants. They are too well established. Happy plant shopping!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:41 am - Reply

      The dry weather we had in mid month was wonderful but also turned our clay soil from swamp to baked earth in a matter of days. That didn’t help!

  18. Amy at love made my home March 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I wish that I could get anything to grow with thuggish tendencies, then I would have more plants that survived from one year to the next! I hope that you start to see some more difference in the beds soon so that you can see the rewards of your labours! xx

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

      I have to keep reminding myself that it’s still very early in the year. It’s been so mild and feels more like May on some days. There is still plenty of growing to do.

  19. Caro March 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    The border that my fruit trees are in was completely edged with day lilies before we dug it out. Everyone argued for them to be chucked out but I thought it a shame to get rid of all of them. One clump remained which, in my ignorance, I’ve left alone. It’s now about a half a metre across and I was thinking of dividing it before I read this post. I’ve also planted an astilbe in my shady bed…. ah well. At least I’m aware of how much crocosmia spread themselves around – two little clumps came out of my mum’s garden because she had so many! I do have a lot of space to fill though so I’m actually hoping these will spread! (Famous last words … !)

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

      If you can keep on top of it, I’m sure the day lily will be fine. It’s when it has time to dig its heels in there’s a problem! The astilbe was much less of a struggle, I managed it on my own. The one growing in the terraces was almost a metre tall and looked rather silly, it’s gone up on the bank too and I’ve put it in a shadier position than it had before.

  20. Mark and Gaz March 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I didn’t realise until now that some Daylilies can be vigorous and persistent. Well done on eventually being able to lift them out and moving them! Growth are still on the slow side at the moment but not long now, you wait…. 🙂 love the terraced beds btw!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

      I have high hopes for the terraced beds, if I can get the planting right. The staggered heights offer good design possibilities.

  21. Crafty Gardener March 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I’ve always loved seeing your terraces … think I have terrace envy.
    Daylilies are so hardy we can cut them down with the mower and I’m sure they grow back twice as big. I can actually see a clump of daylilies in my garden and there is growth on them even though the rest of the ground is frozen and still snow covered.
    I’ll go plant shopping for you if you don’t feel up to going 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:07 am - Reply

      They are brutes all right. At least they are pretty brutes!

  22. Linda@arichtapestry March 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    When you have a plan for your garden which involves re-arranging or adding new planting it’s hard work and takes time. I can see small differences in your terraces over the last month and it will be interesting to see next month’s progress. I like oriental poppies myself so I hope the one you moved settles down in the new space. My husband has been working on our daughter’s terraces today – removing some shrubs and so on.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

      The poppy looks rather wilted at the end of a warm day, but picks up again overnight which gives me hope that some of the roots are reestablishing. It is Patty’s Plum, one of my favourites so I am rooting for it, so to speak!

  23. snowbird March 31, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Lol….it’s annoying after so much hard work that it looks similar….but you know you’ve made a difference. I know what you mean about immoveable clumps….I’m trying to dig up ferns and it’s proving impossible!xxx

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Oh dear, that’s one of my next jobs!! If nothing else, I will think very carefully about where I plant something in the future.

  24. Julieanne Porter (@GwenfarsGarden) March 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Plant shopping is such a bore… 😉

    I’ve only realised how indestructible daylillies were in the last year or so. I had one lot in a pot that I basically forgot about, sitting in a north-facing position getting no sun, and the thing flowered and flowered (that’s when I noticed it). At least my were just in pots and not in that terrace of yours!

    The terrace is coming along. My garden too doesn’t look a lot different from last month, unless you get up and close and realise lots is budding. I bet your terrace will be wowing us next month. 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I’ve missed some of your posts.. I thought I’d loaded your blog on to Feedly but it seemed not to work. I think I have you back again now though!
      Yes, there is certainly a lot of budding going on. The geums, at least half a dozen, will be out any day and that will be a pleasure to behold.

  25. Sarah March 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing how many plants are indestructible! Being the lazy and very overwhelmed gardener that I am I can vouch for many such plants in my patch! They sit patiently in a heap waiting to be re-positioned only to find Spring appear in a flash and whoosh! Up go those green shoots 🙂 Then there are the plants that I molly-coddle who turn up their leaves with disdain at my efforts and die. It’s not easy being a gardener. Go forth and shop to reward yourself for all that effort!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

      It certainly isn’t easy. As many of the gardening experts say, the trick is to find out what works well for you and stick with it. A different matter though when I spot that little gem at a plant fair and just have to have it, regardless of how much molly coddling I know it will need.

  26. nataliescarberry April 1, 2014 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Wow, what a chore to get the things out that you didn’t want, but I know when it’s all said and done and you have things in there you really want, you will be very pleased. Sometimes, we have to sacrifice a year’s glory for the greater glory of a following year. That’s what I’m doing in several places here too. Have a great week, Jessica. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

      It’s true, a large part of gardening is about next year. But I only have to get out the photos of the garden we inherited to realise that slowly but surely progress is being made. Thanks Natalie.

  27. rachel April 1, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I had day lilies for about 25 years in a tiny patch of poor soil; when they gave up flowering (but not growing!) I moved them on to someone else, and they’re still going strong in her garden. Oriental poppies too – how they hated being moved/root-divided, and how they sulked for a year! And suddenly half mu old street had my Oriental poppies blooming away. Here, it’s geranium; it marches on, taking over, despite all my efforts, along with its nasty smelly creeping little brother Herb Robert that I can only pull up if The Gardener isn’t looking. Perhaps gardening is all about warfare – but in a pretty frock?

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Warfare sums it up very well! Flora and fauna..

  28. islandthreads April 1, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I can see some differences Jessica, I think when we see something frequently we don’t notice change so much and it’s early in the growing season, do you have any spring bulbs in the terraces? I remember having a real struggle to dig up some of my Dad’s daylily from their garden to bring here, you have achieved a lot, shame you have to spend time choosing more plants 😉 Frances

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

      The mice have had most of the spring bulbs. I can see about three alliums coming up from the original 20 that I planted. And two lone red tulip buds, one of which has already fallen victim to the pheasant. Maybe next year with the help of the underground cages.

      • islandthreads April 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        so sorry Jessica, I feel guilty now for asking, your wildlife problems make my rabbit problem almost non existent, I think the worst problem I ever heard was when one of my quilting friends told me her sister in Australia has a ‘big mouse’ problem – kangaroos! Frances

        • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

          Frances don’t worry, really! I see the wildlife as a challenge that I will overcome somehow. Although I think a kangaroo would test the resolve somewhat..

  29. Simone April 1, 2014 at 10:36 am - Reply

    You have some pretty white flowers that were not there in February! I am sure that the plants will spread over the coming months and you will not have to go out and buy more plants to fill the gaps. Shame 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

      There are some quite big gaps at the far end, not very clear from the angle of the photo. Unfortunately, I will have to drag myself out..

  30. AnnetteM April 1, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Really good photos on your blog. Especially the Iberis. I never knew it was so photogenic.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Thanks Annette, the close up photo makes it look uncharacteristically exotic doesn’t it?

  31. Jenny April 1, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

    It must be disheartening to see such little change, but I’m sure it will make a difference in the long run. Come summer you’ll have all sorts of spaces that aren’t obvious at the moment… and as you say, what a shame that you’ll have to go plant shopping 😉

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      It is only March, or at least it was when we took the photo. This year I’m having trouble remembering how early it is, if it feels like May then it’s easy to believe it should look like May!

  32. Sue@GLAllotments April 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I was scanning the photos trying to spot the difference!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      It’s not easy! The angle of the photograph doesn’t help, but it’s the only way I could get most of the terraces in, and there’s still quite a large bit missing.

  33. wherethejourneytakesme April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Oh what a shame you have to drag around some boring old plant fairs!!
    I think you should have just shown one picture and then run a competition to see who could remember what had been there before!.
    Heaving Day Lilies out sounds about the same as digging out mature ferns you end up with bent fork prongs!
    I moved my poppies late on last year nearly in the middle of summer – they wilted but have come again this year and are fine.
    I often move something because it is not tall enough and then find it likes the new position so much and grows a foot higher than I want. Such is life as a gardener.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear your poppies recovered. I have had exactly the same issue with moving stuff and it growing taller. It just goes to show how important finding the right position is, even if it does cause frustration.

  34. What about some seed sowing? I’m about to sow some outdoors this week. Bad news on the poppies though … if you leave the slightest bit of root in the soil they’ll still come back … I know as I moved orange ones a few years ago and some still appear in the old position – in the middle of what’s now a bark path 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      I don’t have much luck direct sowing here (mice/birds/heavy soil), but I’ve already sown some Echinacea in pots which I could put to the back of the lower bed. I may try some annuals too and transplant. So useful having a poppy in the middle of the path!!

  35. frayed at the edge April 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Years ago, we had a clump of red hot pokers, which I really don’t like. So I dug them up. The next year more appeared, I dug them up. And so it went on for the 7 years we lived there. No matter how thoroughly I dug over the hole after removing them, the little blighters reappeared the next year!!

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Sounds like me and the crocosmia. I think you could drop a bomb on some things and they’ll still come back.

  36. haggiz April 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    THose photos and your comment made me laugh! I’m sure by the end of April there will be noticeable change. In the meantime you will just have to suffer the plant shopping 🙂 Julie x

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It’s hard work plant shopping. If it were only the greenery it would be OK, but there’s all that soil that needs lugging around too. If there is a coffee shop it’s easier. I can install Mike there with phone/emails/paper, he gets less pissed off and he can act as a creche.

  37. The Sage Butterfly April 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    It is hard to see the slow growth at the beginning of spring, but I am sure it will soon show on those terraces. I look at photos of my garden last year, and it seems that the garden is about a month behind compared to last year.

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Hello Sage Butterfly and welcome to rusty duck.
      I have felt for you guys over the long hard winter. It’s been stormy here but very mild and as a result the garden is ahead of where it normally is at this time of year. You’re right, next month will make a difference… for you too I hope!

  38. Sarah April 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I’m sure next month it will look so different.! What a shame you will have to buy some more plants I feel for you- don’t be like me and get carried away! Sarah x

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      We used to go to a lot of the big garden shows… Malvern was my favourite. But they are too far away now, so I’ve tended to go to local nurseries and felt a bit more justified in getting carried away, saving on the entrance fee and the petrol.

  39. Helen Johnstone April 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    It has changed you are just too familiar with it. I don’t like day lilies any more, room me ages to dig up mine

    • Jessica April 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      It’s the deadheading I don’t like so much.. especially where I’ve put them now. I’ll have to get the crampons out.

  40. CJ April 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    You have been working hard, you’re putting me to shame. That terrace is going to be amazing in a few weeks time. I am looking forward to seeing it.

    • Jessica April 2, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Focusing on the terraces has put me behind in other areas, like the veggie beds. The nematodes are still in the fridge and rapidly approaching their use by date! And now we’re into rain again.. I can’t keep up.

  41. Suzanne April 2, 2014 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Oh dear! How will you manage to force yourself to plant shop? The horrors! Ha, I’m sure you’ll be fine.
    Now if you can just get what your after and not get new “too tall plants”.
    We are just now getting out in the gardens. Spring is slow to get going here. It will probably be one of those overnight into summer years. Skip right over spring.
    I imagine the slope will be looking quite lovely with all the terrace castaways.

    • Jessica April 2, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

      I think I have sussed part of the problem with the ‘too tall’ plants. The guide height printed on the label must be an average. Down here, where it is wet and mild, if they manage to survive being eaten they just keep on going all the way to the top end of the curve.
      It’s a shame if you miss out on Spring but at least it’s getting warmer.
      The slope will look a lot more established this year, I hope.

  42. casa mariposa April 2, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I love gaps because then I can fill them with new plants! I just ordered 3 stokesia ‘Mary Gregory’. As for daylilies, they refuse to die but during a drought can look miserable in the process. I gave huge clumps of them away to friends last year because I couldn’t keep the spot they were in moist enough. Your terrace will be fabulous once everything fills in. 😉

    • Jessica April 2, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

      I had to look that one up, it’s lovely! I found a nursery that sells it over here but they say it “Strongly dislikes claggy winter soils”. That’s me out then.
      Thanks Tammy, I hope the terraces will work. I have undertaken to post the same view at the end of each month, so failure will be clear to see!

  43. Natalie April 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Ooooh I wonder if that Iberis would grow in Canuckistan? I mean, if the snow ever melts this year…

    • Jessica April 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Down to Zone 3…
      Stop worrying about snow and go and get another coconut cocktail. And thanks for adding another flag to my hit map!! xx

  44. Anna April 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Now why is it that even relatively young clumps of day lilies call for super human strength to divide and don’t ever get me started on goatsbeard Jessica. It was nearly the end of himself 🙂 I admire the noble sacrifices that you are going to make visiting plant fairs this spring.

    • Jessica April 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Of course it will mean more garden visiting too, to glean inspiration as well as source plants..

  45. Dorothy April 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I have Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, that I naively planted a few years ago, and it’s now multiplying like the devil! But for now I’m liking it. I like your terraces. They are coming along nicely.

    • Jessica April 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. I have put Lucifer somewhere it can spread to its hearts content, so I hope it will be happy!

  46. Janet/Plantaliscious April 3, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Big changes, but isn’t it a pain when the amount of effort is hidden from the casual observer. Am excited to see how it all looks as things start to come in to full growth though. Such a shame you have to buy more plants though, my deepest sympathy 😉

    • Jessica April 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      I’m hopeful it will fill out now, especially if I can start adding to it. The rain will help too. It’s the fun bit, tinkering with it to get it right.

  47. willisjw April 9, 2014 at 6:22 am - Reply

    When we first moved into our present house I had brought a clump of daylilies from the previous dwelling. Somehow with having a new baby and a new house the daylilies were forgotten and they sat in the side yard totally naked of soil for three months before I remembered to plant them. They hardly seemed to notice.
    I love the look of your terraces. From this side of the ocean it looks like a lot of planting opportunities — all those crevices…

    • Jessica April 9, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

      I’ve been so engrossed thinking about getting the horizontal surfaces right I hadn’t given too much thought to the crevices. But you are right, perfect habitat for alpines!

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