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.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Pauline says:

    The tulips in your front garden are really striking, they add a real zing of colour! All your plants look very happy, everything is putting on a lot of growth at the moment, I wish it would all slow down.
    My link is:- http://leadupthegardenpath.com

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      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.

    2. Ehy Helen, I just want to say I found your blog few days ago but I already read a lot of your posts. I really love how you work in the garden and I just want to say I’m following you! Keep it up!

  2. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Looking gr8 – especially the spring patio!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thank you Yvonne, its my favourite space in spring

  3. Linda says:

    I love this! Your garden is looking very lush! I love your pot display! I am planting a new border this year – I blogged about it here: http://linda-lindasphotoblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/garden-inspiration.html I think I will follow your meme using my new border. Off to take some photos! PS I am a crafter too!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Linda – welcome to the meme. I will pop over to see your border

  4. rusty duck says:

    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. Helen Johnstone says:

      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.

  5. Alison says:

    Your garden is looking very good. This is such a great time of year for the garden, something new just about every day, new growth, new flowers budding up or opening… I do like the punch those orange tulips give your front bed. Here’s my EOMV post: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2014/04/end-of-month-view-april-2014-bottle.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      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

  6. 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. Helen Johnstone says:

      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

  7. Chloris says:

    Thank you for hosting this meme. It is a great idea to sum up the garden like this at the end of each month. Your garden is looking so well cared for and full of lovely new growth. I love your way of displaying pots.
    My link is http://thebloominggarden.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/end-of-month-view/

  8. kate says:

    Those ballerina tulips are stunning, and your pot display is really lovely. Very impressive!

  9. Alison says:

    Your garden is looking so green and lush, everything is growing so well. I love the ballerina tulips in the front garden, they are a wonderful colour. My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2014/04/end-of-month-review-april-2014.html

  10. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, there’s certainly lots to see – and much that’s unusual or a bit different – very educational – and I too love the tulips. This is my first EOMV, so feel free to take a look http://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/end-of-month-view-april-2014/ Thanks for hosting.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      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

  11. ‘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. Helen Johnstone says:

      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!

  12. Hi helen
    your hostas are fantastic ! So much further on than ours. Ours are still pushing through. Your whole garden is looking lush, and the Ballerina tulips give a lovely splash of colour. Spring has truly sprung!
    My contribution to EOMV meme is at
    Thank you, as usual, for hosting the EOMV.

  13. I love your Ballerina tulips! What a great color in the spring garden! I’m also very jealous of your very lush greenery. It is only the end of April and my Texas plants are already starting to feel the heat and drought. Thanks for hosting! Here is my first EOMV post – http://rebeccastexasgarden.blogspot.com/2014/04/end-of-month-view-april-2014.html

  14. AnnetteM says:

    Your ballerina tulips look wonderful and everything else is doing so well too.
    Here is my rather late ‘End of Month View’
    Thanks for hosting this meme – it really makes me get the photos taken on time (well almost) to keep a good record of what is happening in the garden. It is so easy otherwise for whole months to just disappear.

  15. Cathy says:

    I am really enjoying watching how your revamped areas are getting on, Helen – and the EOMV is such a good way to do it. Thanks so much for hosting it. Mine is here http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/end-of-month-view-whats-the-buzz-tell-me-whats-happening/

  16. Shirley says:

    Those ballerina tulips look great against the green of your spring garden and I hope you can continue the line around that would be so striking. I like your rotating pot display idea quite a lot. Your cottage border looks so inviting.

    Here’s a look at my garden for April.


  17. Cat Mint says:

    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.

  18. Your garden is much further along than my Midwestern one which is stuck in a wet holding pattern. Gives my spirits a boost to see those orange tulips. I posted this a couple of days ago but nothing has changed since then. I like the idea of looking at the garden from a specific location on an ongoing basis. Here’s my link: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2014/04/weekend-report-42814.html

  19. 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/

  20. I think those Tulips in the front garden are stunning – they really do draw the eye and planting more can only add to the effect.
    It’s good to see your garden coming along and I think your staging is a great way to show of what’s looking best.
    Thanks for hosting and apologies for being a tad late with my post. http://mygardenblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/end-of-month-view-april-2014.html

  21. Phew at last made it! http://wp.me/p1jkAI-2vW. Helen your garden is truly something to be proud of. It has so much interest. I love your Cottage Border and can’t wait to see it when the delphiniums are in flower.

  22. Anna says:

    Oh I do like the ‘Ballerina’ tulips – I have a few in a pot and they glowed like candles in the evening. Adding to their numbers is a great idea. My EOMV albeit late in the day is up now :

  23. 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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