End of Month View – March 2014


I have decided to include the view from my living room window as the opening of the End of Month View post.  As you can see Spring as arrived with daffodils, hellebores and young growth of the willow tree.


The staging is looking a little quieter this month. The irises and crocus have gone over and are being replaced by narcissus and tulips.  As the bulbs go over they are beginning to be moved off the staging to rest somewhere else and will probably be replaced with succulents.  I have followed the advice given last month and purchased a Trachelospermum jasminoides to cover the trellis.


Small but physically challenging progress has been made on the front border with the old glazed sink being put into place.  I now need to patch up the render on it.  It was originally done by my Dad for my Mum and has started to fall off so hopefully over the next few weeks I shall be playing with concrete etc.  Once this is done the sink will be used for succulents such as sempervivums.  I am planning to also have them around the base of the sink and supplement these with some hardy exotics such as hardy varieties of agave or aloe.


The former Bog Garden now the Camellia border is beginning to show signs of life.  I have planted some Iris siberica in here from elsewhere in the garden and they are looking lovely and fresh.  There are signs that the astilbe and ferns will also be putting in an appearance soon.  Hopefully this time next month there will be less earth showing.


The Spring/Patio border has lost its white drift of snowdrops and the bluebells are only just beginning to produce flower spikes. I have thinned the snowdrops, although probably not as much as I should have, and spread them down to the other end of the border. I have also added an Edgeworthia to the greenhouse end which is little more than a stick at the moment but I am hopeful that the foliage will add to the lush summer effect I am aiming for.


Finally the Cottage Border which is along the top of the wall you can see in the top photograph.  I think this is my favourite part of the garden especially at this time of year. The narcissus are starting to flower, they are mainly Narcissus Cheerfulness which has a lovely scent.  I have tried to limit the range of plants in this border, an approach I am trying to adopt more and more to create a sort of matrix effect albeit on a small-scale.  As well as roses there are delphiniums, aquilegia and geraniums in this border so the theme is early summer.  I took Yvonne’s advice last month and rethought the bay standard as she was right it will probably sucker.  Instead I have added a small obelisk which needed a home and the clematis which was growing along the trellis behind the staging but is deciduous and not fulfilling the role that is needed.  The step over apples along the top of the wall are beginning to leaf up and I am looking forward to blossom in the next month or so.

That is the garden at the end of March which has been a kinder and drier month than its predecessors.  Now that the clocks have gone forward an hour I am hoping to get the odd hour of gardening in after work in the evenings and hopefully in April it will be even more evident that the season is progressing.

Anyone is welcome to join in with the End of Month View and to use it in their own way.  It would be great though if you could link to this post in yours and also leave a link to your post in the comment box below so we can find you.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Pauline says:

    I think your new Trachelospermum will be ideal where you have planted it, the perfume in the summer is delightful and carries for quite a distance. I agree, the weather has made such a difference this month, bringing so many plants on, the sunshine has been wonderful after all the rain of the winter.
    My link is- http://leadupthegardenpath.com

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      March was a good month wasn’t it. I shall pop over for a visit to your garden

  2. Alison says:

    Your garden is looking really good, love the view up the slope. My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2014/03/end-of-month-review-march-2014.html here’s to lots of after work gardening now the evenings are getting lighter again.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      I am loving the lighter evenings, I wonder how long my enthusiasm will last!

  3. I love your overview picture from the living room – what a wonderful view to look out upon. Love the cottage border, just viewing the picture makes me want to wander through it. Your garden is looking great Helen. A bit envious 😉

    My EOMV is here: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2014/03/end-of-month-view-march-2014.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julieanne
      Thank you I don’t know why I haven’t really shown that view before this year

  4. Not much of a view for me here just yet but I hope to join in once I start getting blooms. Lovely view!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Flora
      Looking forward to seeing your posts when you feel you have something to show

  5. Anna says:

    Oh spring is most definitely leaving its footsteps in your garden Helen. Look forward to seeing your sink when you’ve planted it up which reminds me I’ve got a couple lurking about which I must make use of. Full marks to Maisie on her excellent camouflage job. My EOMV view will be up later this week.

  6. rusty duck says:

    The step over apples on the top of the wall are a lovely touch. Your garden is looking very lush already! Here is my EOMV:

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi RD
      I’m glad you like the step-over apples, I have been training them from scratch

  7. Helen the view from your window is wonderful. I love the fence with the paths and the spring colors spread throughout! I will be joining in next Monday. Spring is a bit late here but it is starting now at the end of March.

    1. Helen here is Part I of my review…part 2 will be TH….thanks for hosting


  8. Lots of lovely Spring colour Helen, I look forward to seeing how your exotic border progresses. My EOMV is at http://hoehoegrow.blogspot.com/2014/03/end-of-month-view.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jane
      I look forward to seeing how the exotic border progresses too!

  9. Alison says:

    The view from your living room window is lovely! My Narcissus are just starting to bloom too. Hope your Edgeworthia thrives. I have planted many shrubs that started out as little more than a stick, and turned enormous in no time. My EOMV post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2014/03/end-of-month-view-march-2014-bottle.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison.
      I hope my stick is as successful as yours

  10. Looks like spring has definitely sprung for you! It’s just now ‘beginning’ here…finally. I don’t remember it being so ‘late’ before…!

  11. Jane Brewer says:

    Lovely to see the English Spring! It’s terrible weather in the Algarve here right now with gale force wind and torrential rain. I miss England and the daffodils and primroses!

  12. Cathy says:

    It’s all showing so much promise, Helen, and it’s good to see some views we didn’t often see last year. Thanks for hosting – mine is now posted, after off and on power cuts all afternoon:

  13. What a great view from your living room – am I jealous or what? Isn’t it wonderful that tiny signs of life are appearing before our very eyes.
    As usual, thank you for hosting. Here’s my link:

  14. I love that hypertufa trough. I have made a few small ones, but that is a very nice size…gorgeous. You have more going on in the garden than I do at the moment, but spring seems to be creeping in. Thanks for hosting!

  15. Jane Strong says:

    What a good idea! So often all we see of a garden are close-ups. It’s nice to get the whole picture. What I see from my living room window: http://janestrong.blogspot.com/

  16. Shirley says:

    Beautiful view from your window and the old sink is wonderful. Your spring bulbs are looking good. Thanks for hosting this encouragement to take stock of progress in the garden.


  17. You’ve given yourself a lovely view from your lounge Helen, thank you for sharing, it adds another dimension. I really like how the cottage border is coming together, and the succulents bed under the window is a rather exciting project. Something different, but somehow very fitting for the type of space. I am late this month, but at least I am here! My March EOMV post is finally up. A modest miracle 😉

  18. I think that is the best your garden has been at this time of year in the time I have been following the EOMV (and it is always good!). The cottage border is really making an impact. Must get my act together to join in!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks Elizabeth, that is very kind of you

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