End of Month View – February 2010

Its a sign of the awful weather we have had this year that here we are at the end  of February and hardly anything has  happened in the garden.  Last month I picked  four new locations for my End of Month views, each of them was of an area I want to develop this year.

As you can see the ‘lawn’, and I use the interverted commas advisedly, has taken a battering from being covered in snow for weeks.  The ‘lawn’ is now so sodden that it squelchs under foot and yes I know you shouldn’t walk on it but life is just too short.

I did finally manage to get into the garden this weekend and now everything that needs to be pruned has been pruned and all, bar one with escaped my notice, the herbacous perennials have been cut back and tidied. Having spent weeks looking out the window at the garden and despairing at the work  that needed to be done I  now feel relieved that I have got things under control, so to speak.  Now I can start to look at redesigning the borders and moving plants around to create a better effect. I did start the re-design this weekend and moved four shrubs to new locations, though there is only one of these apparent in these photos.  The box in the first photo – one of a pair planted either side of some steps.

Hopefully by the end of March there will be more of a change obvious in the photos.

Is you are doing an End of Month post don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments box.

16 Comments on “End of Month View – February 2010

  1. Hi Helen, lovely photos, I am sure things will soon begin to burst into life… I think we’re all begining to feel the long Winter so far… It’ll come, soon!

    I did an end of month view, and linked to your blog 🙂

    http://gwirrel.blogspot.com/

  2. It is the end of the month isn’t it? I forgot until I saw your post. I will have to do it a day or two late since I didn’t get pictures yet and now it’s dark.
    At least the snow is gone there, and hopefully is for the rest of the winter. Glad you got a chance to do a little work, it’s nice when we can get out and start digging again!

  3. How lovely you have been able to work in your garden Helen! I look forward to seeing the changes that will be coming to these views! I hope to be up to posting tomorrow! Happy March! Happy Gardening! ;>) Carol

  4. You must be feeling so pleased that you have got the tidying up bit done and can now concentrate on the planning and planting. I have still to make a start. I’m away from home at the moment but will try and post later in the week.

  5. Hi there Helen, gosh that’s some slope you have to work with there. As you said, not big changes generally from last month but good you’ve been able to make a start on the gardening year with your pruners.

    I didn’t get the tidying up I had hoped as we saw the snow return. Got a little pruning done though. My post is up here. Thanks for the idea and being the hostess for this. Wishing you a good week 🙂

  6. I really enjoy seeing “landscape” shots in a blog, instead of the endless macros. I so enjoy visiting other peoples gardens, I do not just want to see a flower that I can see anywhere. Such a great idea the end of the month. It would be fabulous to look back at your garden and see all the changes in it over the year. I cannot participate this month as I am away from my garden at the moment, it would just be a sea of snow anyway, but (hopefully) by the end of March, will have melted.
    Deborah

  7. Hi there Helen, been trying to leave a comment but guessing the way I posted my link must be causing probs. Will try again but if they all get through please just delete the extras 

    Gosh… that’s some slope you have to work with there. As you said, not big changes generally from last month but good you’ve been able to make a start on the gardening year with your pruners.

    I didn’t get the tidying up I had hoped as we saw the snow return so just got a little pruning done. My post is up now too see http://blog.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/2010/02/end-of-month-views-february.html . Wishing you a good week 🙂

  8. No point in doing an ‘end of month’ post for me as I’m buried under heaps of snow. But, it’s always a joy to visit bloggers in kinder climates who are out there playing in the mud!

  9. I will enjoy seeing the before and after, Helen. It already looks good. I think the boxwood move a good choice. 🙂
    Frances

  10. I’ve been inspired by you, Helen and by Karen at An Artist’s Garden, to take photos of my garden. But I fear it is not as tidy as both of your gardens. I leave everything until a big clean up in the spring which I’ve only just started. I’ll try to post it later this week.
    Another Helen at summerhouseart.com/blog

  11. Your place looks like it is ready for spring. It looks full of hope for new growth. My grass is spongy, too. This afternoon, I found some of my bulbs I just planted in the fall are popping through. It’s too early here to start pruning. I just burst out in glee because it has been so cold, and we are having highs in the 40s this week, and by the weekend, could have 50s. We haven’t had 50s since October or November.

    Happy Birthday! I hope you are able to do some things you love.

  12. This hardly looks like a winter garden. Our garden is covered up with 2 feet of snow. You just seem to have a few plants missing in the winter, It’s nice that the weather is nice enough that you can still work in your garden at this time of the year. I miss my garden

  13. Mmm ours is a ‘lawn’ too! Not only is it wet and soggy one minute and frozen the next but it is also covered with worm casts!

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