End of Month View – June 1014


We are going through a bit of a floral lull in the back garden at the end of June.  I have just cut back most of the geraniums which had finished flowering so the Big Border isn’t looking as voluptuous along the grass path as earlier in the month.  The focus of the Big Border is meant to be late summer and I am hoping that in about a month the border will be full of Asters although it will be its first season so it will be interesting to see what happens.  The border to the right of the path is the far side of the old Bog Garden and is in need of an identity. There are phlox and Lobelia tupa about to flower and I think this is an area I might work on next year by which time inspiration may have struck.


The bottom path runs along the bottom of the Big Border and on the other side is the Cottage Border which is really too narrow and proving troublesome.  The delphiniums are just going over and I think they will be cut back hard next weekend.  Next year I need to be more ruthless and remove the skinny side blooms so the main flowers are even better.  The trouble with this border is its depth.  I had under estimated how big and floppy the Artemis ‘Sauce Hollandise’ was and although I like pushing amongst the flowers it had become impossible so is pushed back now by supports which isn’t showing the plants to their best.  I have a few ideas of where they can be moved to so they can look wonderful next year and I am thinking of replacing them with Astrantia which need a new home. It is clear that the Echinacea planted last year haven’t returned, just as I suspected.  I think slugs are to blame.  Instead I have some pots of Gladiolus which I will put in amongst the cut back delphiniums which should continue the show.


The succulent trough in the front garden is filling out and despite my dodgy cement repairs I think it is looking quite good and adding some real interest to the border.


The popular staging area is now playing host to pelargoniums and succulents and looking very jolly.  I could swap the pelargoniums around and move the Red Vogue ones elsewhere and add more scented pelargoniums with pink flowers but I quite like the vibrancy of the red and pink!


The patio border is very full and about to come into its second season of interest.  Its first season is early Spring with snowdrops and other bulbs.  Now it is mainly foliage with a 2014_06290031yellow and purple theme. The large green bush in the middle is my favourite Kirgenshoma palmata which I adore so it is a real event when it flowers.  There is also a yellow rose in the border, Chinatown, which has a fabulous scent and seems to be disease free.

An added view – from the top of the bottom steps looking towards my son’s workshop.  I really like the gravel steps as they were built in two stages by my father and then my eldest and they just work so well.  It this time of year the sun makes a wonderful effect through the tree and Stipa gigantea to the left.

Finally I will leave you with a view of the new seating area which is adjacent to the workshop.  It is a little busy at the moment as I have trays of


perennial seedlings hiding away here in the shade.  The tin bath in the foreground is probably going to be used as a small pond which will take the rain water collected by the shed guttering.  We are trying it out at the moment to decide if we think it is a good idea.

So this is my garden at mid-year.  Please feel free to join in with this meme.  You can use it however you like all I ask is that you link to this post from yours and add a link to your post in the comments box so we can all come and have a nose around your space.


28 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    Love how your garden is filling out at the moment, the patio border and seating area are really looking good.

    My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2014/06/end-of-month-review-june-2014.html

  2. TheDigger says:

    it’s all looking beautiful . I have the same slug/echinacea problem. I’ve just put some new ones in and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Digger
      I know someone who breeds Echinacea so I might get some more from him later in the year when he is selling his seedling off cheap and treat them as annuals

  3. I love your first photo with the narrow grass path. I have far too many plants in pots and have been very tempted to extend my borders for the sake of the lawn, it would certainly cut down the mowing time. A lot of my flowering plants are also just on the verge of blooming so fingers crossed for some more colour shortly. Your tranquil bench looks a fabulous place to sit and take in the view, I hope you make the most of it.
    This is my garden at the end of June. http://hurtledto60.com/2014/06/30/end-of-month-view-june-2014/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Ronnie
      I gave up on my lawn as the garden slopes so much it was a nightmare to cut and to be honest I find lawn boring! Thank for joining in with the meme I shall pop over later for a nose!

  4. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Haven’t got a photo of you sitting on you lovely seat yet! Your garden looking great. Still hard to remember the winter photos – Our garden doesn’t change a lot, green and abundent all the time. Except waiting for my bulbs to start flowering i do have a few of the lovely little delicate blue impopiams (spelling!!!) I haven’t repotted them for years and they came with me when I moved. We have a couple of lovely Irish men staying at the moment – one just recently was in World floral art in Dublin and a prize winner. He is going to take some of our palm spaths etc home. I have some opium poppy seed for him, different colours than his. Their garden in southern Ireland looks lovely!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      You will never get a picture of me on the bench as I hate my photo being taken but I do sit on it lots – honest!

  5. Pauline says:

    I am so jealous of your Kiregeshoma, mine has been nibbled by something and is lacy like the hostas! Your seating area is so beautiful, everything has grown so well.
    My link is http://leadupthegardenpath.com

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      I have another Kiregeshoma which is much younger and smaller and is also like lacy and covered in holes. The big one suffered a little last year so I apply slug pellets. I think the slugs have moved onto the new edgeworthia so the kiregeshoma had a respite

  6. jenhumm116 says:

    There are some fabulous contrasts and ‘moods’ here between the different areas – it’s really effective. I love the delphiniums.
    Here’s my link – http://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/end-of-month-view-june-2014/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jen
      I hadnt really thought about the contrasts and moods but I think you are right they do exist although I have to admit accidentally.Thanks for joining in this month

  7. Your Kirengeshoma is beautiful. Can’t believe you also have a rose in that space, too! My Kirengeshoma was gorgeous until the tree that shaded it came down in a storm. Had to divide it and move it and none of the new locations seem to be what the plants want. My garden is going into green with the exception of a few lilies that are about to bloom. Not much color til the asters and toad lilies in the fall. My garden views are here: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2014/06/end-of-the-month-views-63014.html

  8. Jennifer says:

    Your garden is so beautiful. You’re a really talented gardener, Helen. I love the way the colors contrast with one another, and there’s both shade and light scattered throughout.

    My contribution is here, still working on maintaining my half-barrel of annuals in this desert climate: http://www.thistlebearhome.com/2014/06/manageable-annuals-june.html

  9. ricki grady says:

    Ah, June…in all her glory, has kissed your garden.

  10. Shirley says:

    Your garden is so pretty for June even with fewer blooms. I like your system of bringing on the blooms from the staging area. The tub picks up the color of stone and pavers in your garden.

    My view for June:

  11. rusty duck says:

    Hi Helen, the path up to the workshop looks lovely and I do like the patio border. The leaves of the wonderful Kirgenshoma really make it. I’d not come across it before so looked it up, the flowers will be a real bonus too.
    Not so happy with my terraces this month, changes are afoot.. http://www.rustyduck.net/2014/06/30/going-soft/
    I’ve found this meme so very useful for really focusing on an area of the garden. It forces me to get to grips with it and get it right!

  12. Diana Studer says:

    your garden seems to be just the right size, both big enough and small enough, to play in and enjoy! The view along the steps is lovely.

  13. June 1014 was obviously a good year! 🙂 Your garden is looking lovely. I particularly like the pots on shelves and the patio border is very lush.
    Thanks for hosting. My End of Month view is here:

  14. Helene says:

    I like your staging area, I think I need a theatre like that in my garden too 🙂
    And I gave up my lawn too, in 2011 – best thing I ever did in my garden, should have done it years ago, since then I have planted lots more plants!
    Here is my End of Month View for June, with another video of the garden.

  15. Toniwake says:

    Beautiful! I love the succulent trough and the seating area is lush and peaceful! What a great idea for a meme.. I’m at http://123thgm.blogspot.com/2014/06/wide-view-end-of-month-and-all-that.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  16. Rebecca says:

    I love the way you’ve been able to time out your plants so that as soon as the spring bulbs are done blooming, you have lush greenery to fill the spaces in the summer. I’m still working on getting my timing down right so there is a constantly something blooming in every bed. Here’s my EOMV – http://rebeccastexasgarden.blogspot.com/2014/06/end-of-month-view-june-2014.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rebecca
      David Culp’s book The Layered garden is good in this regard as are Christopher Lloyds writing on succession planting. Thanks for joining in again this month, I will pop over for a nose

  17. I think it all looks good Helen. Your ‘dodgy’ cement repairs to the trough look pretty good to me and the plants are filling out. As ever, the staging area is looking great and is a great ongoing feature in your garden. The view up the gravel steps is so romantic and makes you want to explore further.

    My end of month view is here: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2014/07/end-of-month-view-june-2014.html

  18. Cathy says:

    Your garden is really filling out now, Helen, even though you say some needs to be cut back now – that’s my next job too, geums and geraniums! Thanks for hosting – my EOMV is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/end-of-month-view-busted/

  19. Hi Helen! Your garden looks lovely! I like the ‘staging’ area and how great plants look against the brick wall.

  20. I love the view through to your son’s workshop, it’s just lovely. Who would have thought a vista to a shed door could look so welcoming 🙂
    I’ve a similar problem with the Echinacea, I gave up on it 2 years ago. If my memory serves me correctly your Kirengeshoma was miles ahead of mine last year, yet this year they are at similar stages.
    Thanks for hosting Helen, I’m a tad late with my post but better late than never, eh!

  21. Alison says:

    Your Kirengeshoma palmata is so wonderfully lush and big! I saw a similar one this past weekend at a garden tour, and had no idea they got so big. I have a bit of cutting back to do too. I sometimes forget how much of that needs doing during the growing season, not just at the end of it all. My post is a bit late, and I combined it with a view of what’s happening with my greenhouse. The post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-peek-inside-greenhouseend-of-month.html

  22. Very late in getting this month’s end of month view done….still a bit lad up from surgery so the beds are a bit rough. But blooms are galore as the garden is just coming into a major bloom time from May-August.


    I am really enjoying your trough and wall of pots. Such a great display…and the bench area is looking quiet peaceful and a wonderful place to sit and relax as you garden.

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