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 on “End of Month View – Yearly Round Up

  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.

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

  2. 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  3. 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

    • Hi Julieanne
      I look forward to seeing your staging area.

  4. 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!

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

  5. 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/

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

  6. 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:

    • 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

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

  7. 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!

    • 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.

  8. 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!

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

    • 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

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

  9. 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… 🙂

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

  10. 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

    • 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

    • 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

  11. 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 🙂

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!


    • 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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