End of Month View – The Roundup

Well its the end of another year and I have compiled a mosaic of shots of the front garden, the focus of this year’s End of Month View, through the year.  They aren’t quite all from the same spot but I think you can see the changes.  The biggest change was the removal of the Descampsia grasses at the end of the lawn and it is a decision I don’t regret.  There is still much to do to improve the front garden and I have ideas about planting along the border but it is a vast improvement on the misshapen oval lawn from two years ago.  Looking back through the End of Month View posts the front garden seemed to look its best in late May (see below)when the Alliums and Tulips were flowering and the oregano along the border was fresh leaved.  This is the effect I am trying for the rest of the year so I need more big leaved plants with a higher percentage of evergreens.


I haven’t decided on what parts of the garden I will feature in the End of Month View posts in 2014 yet.  I think a selection of a few small areas might be interesting but I am pretty certain that the greenhouse will feature.

The number of bloggers joining in with this meme is slowly growing and it is fascinating to see how others gardens change through the year and also how different bloggers choose to use the meme.  All are welcome to join in.  I just ask that you include a link to this blog in your post and include a link to your post in the comments box here so we can find you and pop over for a nose.

Finally, I would like to wish all my readers best wishes for 2014 – may it be a healthy and happy year for you.


26 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve enjoyed seeing your front garden change over the year. I remember we had a conversation re those grasses – it does look much better without them doesn’t it. My front garden is in much need of a revamp but I’ve yet to be inspired on what I actually want to do. 2014 will be the year I finally get something done with it!
    Wishing you and yours all the best for 2014. Keep up the good blogs 🙂
    I’ve just finished my End of Year review. Thanks for hosting.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Angie
      Thanks for joining in this year. I hope you manage to get to grips with your front garden in 2014, I think we worry about them more as they can be so public.

  2. Cathy says:

    It really shows off the changes when you can display twelve months of pictures together like this, Helen – and that you were right about the grasses! I haven’t quite decided how to do my EOM yet but it will be there tomorrow in some form or another! Thanks as always for hosting what is such a useful and interesting meme

  3. Anna says:

    The mosaic gives you a real insight into just how much your front garden has changed over the year. Love how the months pop up when the cursor hovers over them – how did you do that Helen? Definitely a good move to take out the grasses. Look forward to seeing your EOMV posts in 2014 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      I would love to say I did something clever to make the months pop up but wordpress did it all!!!

  4. rusty duck says:

    Hi Helen, I love that photo of your garden in May, it’s exactly how I would like my borders to look! My round up of the year is here:
    In 2014 I will pick a particular part of the garden and focus on that. It will be great to see the changes over the year. Thanks for hosting Helen, and a very Happy New Year to you too.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi RD
      I agree May looks good, just need to work on the other months. Thanks for joining in with the meme

  5. I enjoy each end of month view, it’s particularly nice to see the annual overview and see what has changed, and it’s great to see others too. I’ve decided to join you in the EOMV meme from next year (end January) as a way to review and see how my new back garden http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2013/12/landscaping-complete-let-growing.html develops over the year.

    Thanks, as ever, for being a gardening inspiration Helen. Happy growing in 2014 to you.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julieanne
      I saw your landscaping, it will be exciting to see how you plant it up over the coming year. Would be great if you joined

  6. Jen Gardener says:

    What a great idea! Looks fantastic Helen, you’ve done some really nice things there. Love the month where your cat features 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jen
      The cat has a habit if appearing in the photos of my garden. She loves company in the garden and supervises!

  7. Scotkat says:

    Helen your garden is looking good ,wishing you a very happy new year.


  8. Dear Helen,

    I like the idea of end of the month view. That inspired me. I’m going to do this on my blog for next year.
    Best wishes from Holland,


    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Hetty
      I do hope you join in in 2014.

  9. Alison says:

    Hi Helen I’ve really enjoyed your focus on one part of the garden this year, its been interesting to see how it has developed and read how you have been thinking about it. Here’s to 2014 – I hope it brings you all you would wish for.

    My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2013/12/end-of-month-review-december-2013.html

  10. New subscriber whose front garden looks spookily like yours at least in size and shape look forward to swapping ideas!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi BW
      Welcome, thanks for subscribing

  11. Pauline says:

    Your front garden is looking really good now the grasses have gone! It is good to look back over the year and see what still needs doing, I found quite a lot in my own garden! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and lots of fun in your garden.
    My link is

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      Thanks for joining in with the meme this year, glad you enjoyed it.

  12. bittster says:

    I love watching the changes through the months. Is there a new look to your blog? It’s looking as good as the garden!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi bittster

      The blog hasn’t changed although I have changed the header picture, I change it seasonally just to amuse myself!

  13. owenldn says:

    Happy New Year Helen! I wish you are peaceful and enjoyable 2014! I love your monthly round ups- and think your front garden looks lovely! But am looking forward to your new meme this coming year. Still jealous of the fact you actually have a garden! My 6 window boxes just dont cut the mustard sometimes- so i enjoy watching yours grow!! Ive got my spring bulbs already planted and some heathers and grasses and ferns to keep me going over winter! Might pop in a few cyclamen and some primroses in the spring to ring in the changes! All the best Owen x

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Owen
      Lovely to hear from you and I am sure your window boxes are beautiful

  14. Jean says:

    I love this mosaic as a way of seeing how your front garden changed through the year. I hope to join this meme myself in the future, perhaps as a way to document the work on my new front garden.

  15. Finally joining in Helen. I love the progress you have made and I too love the last shot of the front lawn garden. Here is my entry:


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