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