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 on “End of Month View – The Roundup

  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.

    • 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. 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. 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 🙂

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

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

  4. 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.

    • 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

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

  5. 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,


  6. 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

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

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

    • Hi bittster

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

  8. 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

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

  9. 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.

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