End of Month View – May 2011

I really should remember to take my photos for the End of Month View in the morning and not when I get home from work as the sun is too low and there is an annoying glare. This is the End of Month Border.  I don’t like the front edge as it gets very dry and I have still to find something that will be really happy; I’m thinking of Epimedium.  I like the border further up where the gravel is the Iris, Cerinthe and Campanulas work quite well together.

There is a distinct lack of height or in fact anything at the back  of the border  There is a Cornus that I transplanted here last year with the idea that the variegated leaves would lighten the corner but it’s not a happy Cornus and I think the problem is next door’s trees are taking all the moisture.  I have pruned it back hard so the plant can focus its energy on its roots and hopefully it will perk up.

You can just see the new border which is beginning to take shape.  The main plants are in, although there is one fern which need moving, and I have the fillers to put in.  The ‘lawn’ is looking a little  shaggy as we are experimenting with just cutting a path through it and this is the first week so I suppose it will be a few before a real difference is noticeable.

Top of the wall border from the steps.  Really beginning to fill out and I have still to find homes for the Dahlias and Cosmos.

Finally I promised a view of the Allotment and here it is.  I know there are weeds amongst the onions – that is Thursday’s job.  Its coming on better now that I have disbanded the digging crew and it feels like my allotment more; I have really started to engage with it and make more plans.  Picked the first Mangetout today and some rocket and salad leaves which really cheered me up.  Broad beans nearly ready to start harvesting and I don’t think the first potatoes will  be long now as they have flowers on.  The fruit end isn’t so good but I think a lot of that is to do with the dry spring we have had and the plants just  not having enough moisture in their first year.  The only downside is that I have rabbits visiting the plot which seem particularly keen on my radishes and beetroot.  I am spraying with something that they apparently don’t like and so far so good.

So  that’s where we are at the end of May – quite a lot achieved despite spending time at Malvern and Chelsea so am really pleased.

Please feel free to join in with this meme.  There are no rules just do a post on the last day of the month and post a link to it in the comments box here.

 

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About Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited
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20 Responses to End of Month View – May 2011

  1. Alison says:

    I don’t have an allotment, but I find keep the weeds out of the veg beds really hard. Every week I try to keep on top of them but the little devils just keep popping up! Really good to see the allotment – and also the new bit of border you carved out a few weeks ago. thanks.

    My EoMR is at http://ozhene.blogspot.com/2011/05/end-of-month-review-may.html

  2. ronniejt28 says:

    Love the idea of cutting a path through the lawn, certainly beat all that mowing! I don’t know how you find the time with your lovely garden and allotment which is already proving to be bountiful. Thank you for the EOMV, its great to follow how both your garden and allotment are doing.

    My EOMV is at : http://ronniejt28.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/emov-may-2011-video/

  3. Christina says:

    Helen, your allotment is looking amazing, well done. There is nothing like picking something to eat to think all the work worth while. I hope the digging crew will be enjoying some of the bounty now. You’ve inspired me to post about my vegetable garden, so I promise to do so in hte next few days. Thank you for hosting the EMR, it really does focus the mind and its great to see what everyone else is up too! Christina.
    My EMR is here http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/may-end-of-the-month-review/

  4. Cabernat says:

    I wish I was about 20yrs younger or at least had better joints and then I would most certainly have an allotment. It looks so neat and tidy.
    I also like the idea of cutting a path through the lawn and am looking forward to seeing it when it has matured.
    Mary x

  5. Anna says:

    Your allotment already looks as if it has been there for years and it’s so good to hear that you are already picking the first crops. Isn’t it exciting? Makes all the hard work worthwhile. Will you be getting a neighbour next door to you
    soon ? I know that it can be discouraging and make life harder when the weeds set seed and blow over to you. Might be asking for you for details of the anti bunny spay – they have been sighted on our allotment site –
    bad news !
    My end of month view is here : http://greentapestry.blogspot.com/2011/05/end-of-month-view-may-2011_31.html

    • patientgardener says:

      Apparently the ‘owners’ of untended and claimed plots are being written to this week to be given a warning. Mum and the chap on theother side of me want to have the one thats unclaimed and have half each!!! The bunny spray I’m using is Grazers which so far is working. A lady on another plot is using something not just for rabbits has picture of cat, dog etc on spray bottle which she bought from garden centre and seems to work

  6. Janet says:

    I have never managed to keep my dahlias from year to year, in spite of digging them up, drying them off etc, etc. I do love them and I’m glad they’re back in fashion. Which ones do you have?
    My end of month view is here: http://planticrunotes.blogspot.com/2011/05/end-of-month-view-may-2011.html

  7. You have far fewer weeds on your plot than I have Helen! You also have some lovely plants in that new border – what is the yellow flowering one? And is that cersium in the wall border? Which is looking lovely by the way. Will watch your lawn experiments with great interest, as it is something I want to try in the future if we end up somewhere with grass. Thanks for hosting the EOMV again – my post is up.

    • patientgardener says:

      Hi Janet – the yellow flower, if you mean the daisy looking one, is Doronicum caucasicum ‘Finesse’
      and yes that is Cersium in the wall border. Not sure about the Doronicum there, it looks wrong from the living room so might move it

  8. Melissa says:

    Wow looks wonderful. You have been doing a lot. Thanks for hosting the EOMV again here is my post –

  9. Hanni says:

    Helen,

    Your allotment really is quite amazing. It looks luscious! I love your clean, tidy paths…are they just black plastic? How are they held down?
    And the new border is coming along nicely, too…I would hardly believe it was just last month you cut it out.

    I’ve got my EOMV post up, too: Sweet Bean Gardening May EOMV

  10. Allotments are a really nice place to garden. Having garden neighbors to share, help and just chat must be very rewarding, providing you get some good neighbors. Picking already, it seemed only so recently you were building the garden. I have been picking lettuce too, but the temps were up to 90° today and they might be bolting soon. The peas and beans may not be too pleased with these temps either. Thanks again for the EOMV. http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2011/05/30/may-garden-wrapup/

  11. hillwards says:

    Your allotment looks very smart – hooray for the first harvests. Your new border is starting to fill out nicely, and the rest of the garden looks verdant – I like the idea of the meadowpath, look forward to seeing how that turns out…
    Oh, and I have done my first EOMV post at last! A lovely way to track progress…
    http://hillwards.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/end-of-month-view-may-2011/

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  13. The new border is really coming together – and has filled out in just a few weeks since I saw it. I do like the idea of mown paths through the grass – it will be interesting to see what appears in the bits you leave long.
    The allotment is looking good Helen.
    K

  14. rachel gillon says:

    Helen, garden and allotment look like what I call a real garden- always work in progress and the weeds are part of it.Keep loving and breathing it.

  15. Bridget Foy says:

    It all looks great. I love the dappled sunlight in the evening pics. Your allottment looks very organised.

  16. Hi Helen, can’t wait to see what your meadow/long grass is like when it’s grown up. The new border looks fab too :D

    (a href=”http://wellylady.blogspot.com/”>here’s my end of month view (at the beginning of the next month!)

  17. Anne says:

    Love seeing the picture of your allotment – looks wonderful and full of healthy veggies. I also like the idea of letting the grass grow – looking forward to seeing how that comes along – so good for bugs and birds too. My EOMV for May is finally up – late this month as we were away on holiday. Thanks again for the EOMV.
    http://anjacouto.blogspot.com

  18. Susan says:

    Just found your blog and will be adding it to my blog roll. Great idea to do a month end review I’ll start this on my blog at the end of June.

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