End of Month View – Yearly Round Up

As it’s the end of the year I thought I would do a round-up of the End of Month posts through the year showing how various parts of the garden change with the seasons – you can locate the area by looking at the garden map via the tab at the top of the post.

First up is the staging area which never stops to earn its keep.  The Jasmine planted in the corner is beginning to put on some growth and I hope that it will over the coming year cloth the trellis in glossy leaves.

The Spring/Patio Border off the patio actually seems to be of more interest in late summer rather than Spring when it is meant to be uplifting to look out on to.  I need to add more bulbs to it and I might splash out this spring on some pots of flowering bulbs to give instant effect. I am also hoping that the Edgeworthia added during the year will provide some colour in the next month.

The hardy succulent trough in the front garden has been more successful than I ever thought it would be.  Whilst the Sempervivums are hardy I wasn’t so sure about the Agaves planted along side so the whole thing is covered in fleece at the moment while our temperatures are low.

The Cottage Border running along the top of the wall has been a regular inclusion in the End of Month View for a couple of years now. This year it had a real revamp when I removed the delphiniums which were taking up all the space.  Instead more roses have been added along with Japanese Anemones for late summer interest.  It will be interesting to see how the border develops in 2015.

The former Bog Garden appeared some months but not every month.  Like much of the garden it is hard to get a good view/angle of the border and it isn’t the most interesting part of the garden.

This view didn’t appear until May but it has become one of my favourite of the garden showing the top of the Big Border and the front of the old Bog Garden.  I think these two areas may be the focus of next year’s End of Month View.

The Hardy Exotic Border and the seating area were new in 2014 and seem to be establishing well.  It will be interesting to see how the plants come through the winter.  I think this is an area I might feature in 2015 too.



This is another favourite view of the garden although I don’t think there will be much change to it through the year aside from the coming and going of the leaves on the tree so the jury is still out on whether or not to include this view in next year’s posts.

I also think I might include the Woodland border to the left of the garden.  It has had a bit of a change in 2014 with the loss of the Acer so it might be interesting to focus on it for a year to see where it needs improving.

So that is the garden in 2014.  Any one is welcome to join  in with the meme and to use it how they wish.  Some find it helpful to focus on one part of the garden through the year, others give us a tour – whatever works for you.  All I ask is that you leave a comment with a link to this meme in the comment box and you link to the meme in your post.


41 Comments Add yours

  1. I found that very interesting. It really gives a good show of the parts of the garden through the year and helps give me a feel of how it looks in the different seasons. We are all intimate with our own plots but taking photos of the same views at different times of the year is something I want to try to do so that other people can understand how parts if the garden relate to each other . I’m sure you will be able to study these photos and learn which bits you want to change and which bits work. Great blog.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Christine
      I find that by focussing on certain areas through the year I really look at it and see it better.

  2. Cathy says:

    Hi Helen – I really dithered about what to focus on this month, but decided to stick to looking at just one part of the garden for the end of the year. Presenting your range of photos for each part looks great – and will be a good tool for you to work on different areas in the future. As I write I am thinking I will print off EOMV thumbnails for each part of the garden here to see what needs to be addressed. I love how your cottage border is progressing and having your garden plan really helps draw it all together. Thanks for facilitating the meme – it ensures I keep a regular record which is always interesting to look back on. My post is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/wordless-wednesday-end-of-month-views-of-the-bold-borders/ ps best wishes for a good 2015

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Cathy
      Thanks for supporting the meme this year. I do find it useful to look back at the photos but I hadn’t thought of printing them out, good idea

    2. Cathy says:

      I have been methodically putting together twelve months of thumbnail EOMVs today, by area of garden – slow, but worth it as it is already showing some surprises which I shall write about soon

  3. Alison says:

    All the pictures of the same spot through the year are very effective. It is wonderful to see the changes. The view up to your shed is magical – really pretty, no wonder you like it so much.

    My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2014/12/end-of-month-review-december-2014.html

    Happy New Year Helen, I hope 2015 is a good one for you.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      I do like the view up to the workshop, I keep thinking of putting an arch at the top of the steps but am still dithering

  4. Julieanne says:

    The overview photos really help show how the garden grows and changes over the year. As ever, I love your staging area and it most certainly does earn it’s keep. I’m planning to copy you and add a small one to my garden in 2015. The photos show just how much the your different areas fill out throughout the year. My favourites are the succulent trough and the Hardy Exotic border. Wishing you good gardening for 2015.

    My End of Month/Year View post is here: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2014/12/end-of-monthyear-view-december-2014.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julieanne
      I look forward to seeing your staging area.

  5. Chloris says:

    A great idea to look at the end of month views throughout the year.
    This is a great meme and I look forward to joining in with you next year on a regular basis. Happy New Year!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Chloris
      I look forward to seeing your EOMV posts in 2015

  6. rusty duck says:

    It’s fascinating isn’t it, to see how parts of the garden change over the year. Your staging area is a triumph, how wonderful to be able to change pots around so there is always something of interest so close to the house. The sink has filled out really well and, like Alison, I love the walk up to the workshop and seating area.
    This is such an inspiring meme Helen, it’s good to see how other gardens develop over the year and it’s really kept me on my toes in mine. Thank you for hosting it. Here’s my end of year review: http://www.rustyduck.net/2014/12/31/the-post-that-took-a-year/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi RD
      I have welcomed your support with the meme this year. It is especially interesting as we both have sloping gardens.

  7. Helene says:

    It’s so great to have a record of how the garden changes over the year – and years, I have been taking photos from the same spot for the last 10 years and sometimes I look at those old photos and have to smile; my garden was so empty in the beginning!
    Lovely to see your 2014 record, your staging area is a triumph and your succulents trough is something I am going to copy in some form (already collecting plants) – but my favourite is your seating area. Thanks for hosting the meme, it has given me an excuse for showing off my monthly videos!
    Here is my December post – and video:

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Helene
      I’m not up to 10 years yet but there are parts of the garden I have photographed for 5 or 6 years, it makes interesting viewing

  8. I always think I have a lot of little pots in my greenhouse and around the house until I see yours. Great year in the garden.~~Dee

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Dee
      Ha ha you haven’t seen the rest of the pot collection, the greenhouse is full of them

  9. I too love your staging area, it is particularly interesting seeing how it changed through the year like that. The view back up to the shed is lovely, and the seating area with the lovely bench is a triumph, You’ve achieved so much this year, can’t wait to see what you do next year! Here’s my final contribution for the year, and thank you again for hosting. http://plantaliscious.janetbruten.co.uk/2014/12/looking-back-to-move-forward/ Hope 2015 is full of good things – and even better plants!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Janet
      Thank you, I hope to transform other parts of the garden as I have the seating area.
      Thanks for supporting the meme this year.

  10. The way you have used various images for each view is great Helen, I had thought about doing something similar but time was not on my side and went for a shorter post instead.
    It’s great to see how each spot has varied over the year and I think your seating exotic area looks stunning, I look forward to seeing this in 2015.
    I am still betwixt and between on what to post about next year but thanks so much for hosting, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part.
    Here’s my final for 2014.
    All the very best for 2015 when it arrives!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Angie
      Thank for joining in with the meme this year, I hope you found it helpful and will join in in 2015.

  11. Amy says:

    A wonderful wrap-up to the year, Helen! I love the garden path from the Big Border – the whole look is very effective! It’s very telling that a look through from month to month demonstrates just how important the foliage really is… My own EOMV is much more of a close-up celebration, better suited to the newness of the garden here 😉 It’s posted at http://smallsunnygarden.blogspot.com/2014/12/at-end-of-december-very-small.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Amy
      Thank you I like that view too, I just need to improve the planting either side if the path.
      Thanks for joining in with the meme this year

  12. I love your seating area. It looks so tranquil and it’s hard to believe you only made it this year.
    This is the first time I’ve taken part in this meme and I look forward to following how my garden changes through the year.

    My post is here: http://inelegantgardener.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/end-of-month-view-december-2014.html

    Happy new year!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi HM
      Welcome to the meme, I hope you find it helpful

  13. sweetpea2love says:

    I loved your review of your garden and all of the pots you use to transform clay into a work of beauty.
    Happy New Year !
    Take care and happy blogging to ya… 🙂

  14. Very cool to see the progress!

  15. Diana Studer says:

    Mine is not looking back, but looking forward, as I make plans for our new garden.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Diana
      How exciting a new garden, I look forward to seeing updates on it during the coming year.

  16. jamie says:

    Happy New Year, Helen. I’ve always loved your “End of Month View” photos, as they represent to me a completely different type of garden compared to mine. While I’m in a relatively lush 12-months-long evergreen world you’re in a wonderfully different seasonal world with very distinct seasons. I do sometimes envy you! I hope 2015 is another very good year for you.
    Best wishes

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jamie
      Thank you, I do like popping over to your warm lush evergreen posts especially when it is all a little cold and grey here

  17. I am so glad to have found you and really enjoyed viewing your garden through each month of the year. Thank you for hosting this meme Helen and I look forward to more. I recently posted a 2014 Review of the Garden that I would like to share. Happy New Year and looking forward to more of your posts! http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-gardening-year-in-review-long.html#.VKV3AyvF98E

  18. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, thanks so much for hosting the EOMV meme as without it I wouldn’t have been prompted to take all the photos I was able to choose from to create my yearly round up! I find it such a good discipline to keep taking photos so that I can try to identify problem areas and make plans for them.
    My round up is here https://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/end-of-month-view-yearly-round-up-2014/
    Wishing you and your family all the very best for 2015.

  19. I really loved joining in your EoMV meme this year. It helped keep me diligent in taking similar pictures of the garden throughout the year, which made it so much fun for me to go back and see how much my beds transformed this year. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! Here is my 2014 EoMV Year in Review. http://rebeccastexasgarden.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-garden-bed-recap.html
    Happy New Year,

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rebecca
      I am glad you have enjoyed the meme and found it useful. Popping over to yours now to see how everything is doing

  20. Sarah says:

    Hi Helen, I found you through Jessica at Rusty Duck. I have been blogging for a little while now, mainly about my garden, and would love to join in the end of month review. I live in New Zealand (moved here from the UK 5 years ago) so my posts will be a totally different season to you! Love the idea of documenting all the hours of Hard Work that I put into my garden!!! Anyway, will aim to do my first review at the end of January 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sarah
      Welcome, I am glad you have found your way here and I really look forward to you joining in net year.

  21. Sheila says:

    I’ve just written a post for this meme: Love this idea – and love seeing what everyone else is doing.

    I really admire your succulent trough and the mixture of plants in it is really lovely. We tried to do that with hypertufa but it broke. Looking at yours makes me want to try again.

  22. Sheila says:

    Hmm, doesn’t look as though my link went through. Here it is:

  23. Helen this was a nice meander around your garden through the months. I do love the trough and the new seating area. But the area with the grass path is fast becoming a new favorite. And the stairs to the workshop area is lovely. You have done so much in your garden which has inspired me to keep going with making changes. Mine is a bit of a retrospective of a not so great area that needs changing. I plan to highlight an area a month and then use it to help figure out changes we will be making. Wishing you a great New Year!


    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Donna
      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed the meander. I do keep thinking of removing the grass path and replacing it with gravel especially as the path is not flat and tilts sideways and is a nightmare to cut but then again Ilike the contrast of the grass with the plants so maybe I need to relay the path so it is flat and easier to cut!

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