End of Month View – April 2014


I did say I was going to start this monthly meme with the view from my back window but I forgot and the light is now appalling so instead you have a view of my front garden taken yesterday when it was sunny.  The front garden was the theme of last year’s End of Month View posts and long-term readers will know how I struggle to engage with this area.  However, I think it is getting there and the lovely orange Ballerina tulips which I have extended along the end of the lawn are really helping.  I will add more of these next year and try some up the other side although it may be too wet there.


Sticking with the front garden  I have planted up the old sink with sempervivums and sedums. I realise having seen some crevice gardens recently this is a poor imitation but it uses some of the stone I had lying around, although my concrete patching is also not the best but at least it has character!  I have added an Aloe striatula and a sad looking Agave which was lurking in the greenhouse.  I intend to add some more tender succulents in late May.


The pot display area is slowly losing its bulbs and gaining more succulents.  I am using it to display what is good or due to flower and then when they go over I move them and replace with something else.  I have pelargoniums lurking in the greenhouse which I will have on here in the summer.


The Spring/Patio border is predominantly green at the moment.  I think it has two seasons of interest firstly in early Spring when the snowdrops are out and then in high summer when the various perennials are flowering.  There are some bluebells at the far end which have been there more or less since we moved in.  However their foliage swamps everything around them and my interests have changed and I want to plant more interesting plants in this area so the bluebells will be coming out and moving to the back of the woodland border up the garden.


The Camellia border (formerly the Bog Garden) is filling out and the ferns are putting on growth.  I have moved some Arisaema to this border from elsewhere in the garden where I thought it was too dry for them.  Hopefully this new location will suit them better and there will be a good display.  I’m not sure how well the Iris siberica will do as although the moister soil will be good for them it is rather shady and I keep reading that they like sunshine.  I will have to see how they do.


Finally the Cottage Border which runs along the top of the wall and is a nightmare to photograph.  Again it is looking very green and lush. The delphiniums are really putting on weight and hopefully will flower well.  There are still some daffodils flowering and at the far end of the border the white honesty is looking fabulous.  On the other side of the path is the Big Border which is beginning to sparkle with blue camassias flowering.  I am hoping that by the end of May the colour will really be coming through.

So there is my garden at the end of April which has been a relatively mild and pleasant month.  There are some frosts forecast later this week but hopefully in a week or so it will be alright to bring the tender plants out from under cover.

Anyone is welcome to join in with this meme and use it how they like.  I just ask that you add a link to your post in the comments box below and a link to this post in yours, then we can all see whatever one else is doing.

Author: 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

34 thoughts on “End of Month View – April 2014”

    1. Hi Pauline
      I dont have the feeling I want it to slow down this year which is strange. Maybe its because I dont have any major project and I am almost (!) on top of things but Im probably just kidding myself.

  1. The Cottage Border really does what it says on the tin Helen. It’s going to look fabulous next month. How wide is the path between it and the Big Border? I need to do something similar on the bank but in places have very little space.
    I love your pot display area too, it’s a great idea to rotate things around.
    Here is my link: http://wp.me/p2yz5S-1tl
    I still have gaps, and a Lily of the Valley takeover bid, but at least things are starting to grow!

    1. Hi RD
      The path is no more than 2ft – it was meant to be a hidden access path but my neat mind needed to edge it and then I had to cover it in bark chip and now I use the path more than any other in the garden as I love walking between the plants. My Lily of the Valley is obviously planning garden domination but at least it comes up easily.

    1. Hi Alison
      I am quite smitten with the ballerina tulips, its just what you need on a grey day and they work so well with the fresh spring greens

  2. Hi Helen, I think the front border is looking great. It’s really come along well with your careful attention. Have you thought about putting flag irises on the other side, since it’s wet and they don’t mind that?

    The sink looks quite good to me and the plants will soon settle in and grow. The rest of the garden is looking very lush. Once again your pot theatre is adding interest, such a great idea and easy to swap as one plant goes over and a new one is coming into flower.

    My EOMV for April is now up: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2014/04/end-of-month-view-april-2014.html.

    1. Hi Julieanne
      I like the idea of the irises and will think about it. There are some fritillaries along there but having purple flowers they dont show up very well which is a pity. I am thinking of adding some white ones which should help the purple ones stand out

    1. Hi Jen
      I have just been visiting your garden on your blog and its wonderful. Thank you for joining in the meme I hope you enjoy it

  3. ‘Ballerina’ looks wonderful planted like that Helen, it must give you a real boost to see that every day as you leave and return from work. I can see why you would want to change your patio border, it looks lovely, but you always have so many new plants you are interested in, and it is a great place to showcase things you love. The cottage border is looking lush, full of the promise of exploding colour, looking forward to seeing it develop this year. My EOMV post is up now, thanks again for hosting.

    1. Hi Janet
      Yes the tulips are really cheering me up at the moment. I’m only proposing to remove the bluebells from the spring border as they are swamping everything else and also they arent flowering as well as in the past so I suspect they need dividing anyway. There is lily of the valley in there as well although you would be hard pressed at the moment to find it. No doubt it will take over when the bluebells leave!

  4. hI Helen, It’s good to catch up again after a long time. Your garden’s looking lovely. I particularly love the little path marked by stones – I’m crazy about stones and paths, as you can see. Here’s my link too.
    I’ve been meaning to join in for ages, but haven’t been good at managing the timing. This month I was determined and did it, only a little late.

  5. Helen, just loved looking at all the gardens! What I like is how you you all know the fancy names of the plants! Here is my Woodland Garden! Right now all the porches are pulled off my cottage as they are putting in new wood rails and moulding! What a mess! My trellises are laying on the ground with vines hanging every which way! More next month of my Cottage Garden when I can get to it, (which means after the carpenters are finished) Enjoy! http://cadyluckleedy.com/2014/05/01/my-woodland-ga…he-month-april/

  6. Finally joining in Helen with the meme:


    I really love how your gardens are taking shape with your vision. You can feel it in your words. The front garden does look great with the orange tulips and I remember how unhappy you were with it in years past. And I love the pot display. It does give a nice look to that area and you can make it whatever you like. Everything is greening up…we are still waiting for good weather here…been too cold and wet for much to grow.

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