End of Month View – June 2015


Well that was June.  It seems as though I blinked and missed it and I suspect July will be the same given my diary.  I posted yesterday about my new found enthusiasm for the garden so I wont repeat myself, suffice to say that the garden is already looking better for my work yesterday.  There is some colour from the foxgloves but not as much as I would wish for in the centre of the garden but I am now working on that.


The borders around the bottom path are looking more colourful. The roses are blooming, some of them are not as floriferous as I would like so they may be on the hit list if they don’t perform better next year.  The penstemons are starting to flower and are adding much needed colour around the stems of the roses.


The shed view up the stairs and the border to the left is beginning to fill out.  The poppies and Ammi majus have looked lovely and I am now anticipating the agapanthus and zinnias which will flower in a month or so.


The other shed view from the bottom path.  The asters have really put a spurt on over the last month and will I hope really colour up the Big Border in a couple of months.  I really like the mass of foliage and plant material here but it will need to be kept an eye on to make sure one plant doesn’t swamp out another but at least you can’t see any weeds which may be lurking in the soil below!


The main woodland border is really full and the Hosta ‘Sun and Substance’ dominates.  I need to do some thinning around it I think so it looks its best.  I think the Solomons Seal to its left needs a slight relocation so both plants are shown off better but I am pleased with the coverage.  I also think there is scope for a little variety in texture so maybe the addition of a fern might help to the left of the border.


The newish planted woodland area is beginning to fill out and I think I will add some bulbs through here, maybe some dwarf narcissus and crocus.

So that is the garden at the end of June.  The summer temperatures appear to be about to rise drastically over the next week so I will have to keep an eye on the new plantings.

Any one is welcome to join in the End of Month View and to use it how they wish.  All I ask is that you add a link to this post in yours and a link to your post in the comments box below.



31 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana Studer says:

    what are those golden leaves going up the shed path?
    and the circular deep red ones – Cotinus?


    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Diana
      The golden leaves, if you mean the shrub, is a choysia and you are right the purple ones are Cotinus

  2. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen. I know what you mean – June seemed to fly past.
    Your garden is looking lovely and lush, with some lovely textures. I’m afraid mine’s rather parched:
    Thanks for hosting!

  3. alison says:

    Where has June gone indeed? Your garden is looking very lush and full of expectancy for the flowers still to come. I recently moved a large ‘Sun and Substance’ from a very shady corner into the sunshine and it’s clearly approved. Your’s looks delightful in the border; really lights up that area. Enjoy the sunny gardening days ahead.

  4. Hi Helen, Your garden looks lovely and very interesting. What a wonderful & inspiring feature you’ve made out of your shed, it sets the planting off so well and I like the thoughtful placement of potted plants at its base and down the steps.

  5. Alison says:

    Your grass paths are always beautifully edged, it puts me to shame. I love the woodland border, the acers are setting off the hosta really well.

    My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2015/06/end-of-month-review-june-2015.html

  6. Yvone Ryan says:

    I am aways amazed at the seasonal differences in your garden. Love to see a few photos of winter/summer/spring/autumn of one or two areas. Mine is so tropical but vary it with pots of seasonal colour. And my bromiliad’s always colourful. Orchids starting to flower. Bulbs popping up but no flowers yet. Lots of autumn leaves to rake up and compost, although not many deciduous trees. Tecomanthe (very rare climber – NZ) rampaging over fence with its lovely big shiny leaves and the bonus cream clusters of large bell like flowers – that Tuis love.

  7. rusty duck says:

    This is what I aim for, lush planting with soil completely covered so the weeds don’t have a chance to grow. It’s looking lovely Helen, really colourful now.
    But smoke and mirrors deployed, or sneaky camera angles, the precipitous bank is starting to look a bit better here now..http://www.rustyduck.net/2015/06/30/smoke-and-mirrors/

  8. homeslip says:

    Hi Helen, I’ve joined in again this month and even managed the link up (not easy on ipad!). Your garden is looking lovely, full of interest and very fresh. Mine by contrast is looking a bit parched. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll have some rain soon. Here’s my link:

  9. Lush and very beautiful, Helen. It must be a joy to walk up to your shed at this time of the year, then rest on the bench at the top and survey your excellent work! I’ve linked to you at http:pamsenglishcottagarden.blogspot.com P. x

  10. Everything is coming along nicely. Your shed has settled in so nicely with your paint decision. The garden area I am writing about is more woodsy so I am not sure how much it is changing month to month, but here it is: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2015/06/end-of-the-month-view-63015.html

  11. Yes, I’m not sure what happened to June, either. The garden is looking good, though!

  12. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Your garden looks lovely, Helen, thanks for sharing these beautiful shots! This is my EOMV:http://gradinameasialtefermecatorii.blogspot.ro/2015/06/end-of-month-view-june.html

  13. Juliet says:

    The views to your shed look really good this month.

    Here’s my post, in haste as internet playing up: http://agardenfullofdodos.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/end-of-month-view-june.html

  14. Anna says:

    June has indeed gone by like a flash Helen. Your garden is looking full of happy, healthy and attractive planting. I’m envious of your intact hosta – maybe the molluscs can’t get a look in with all that fabulous dense planting round it. I like the number sign on the shed 🙂
    My short (the heat is getting to me) EOMV post is up now : http://www.greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/end-of-month-view-june-2015.html

  15. lush foliage every where, as here too, sorry I’m a bit late this month but my eomv is posted, thanks for this meme Helen,

  16. Pauline says:

    Your garden is looking so lush and happy! The beds you have re-worked have filled out nicely and are forming very pleasing tapestries.
    My link is – http://leadupthegardenpath.com

  17. Cathy says:

    Seems like it has been the same for many of this, the blinking and it’s all over business! I did post yesterday but am a bit late adding the link
    It’s lovely to see how yours is filling out, Helen, and interesting to read about what you might want to add or cull. There are definitely bits in mine that I think could be culled and replaced, especially in the main borders. Thanks for hosting

  18. Julieanne says:

    You have managed to make the shed a real asset to the garden, it creates a lovely foil to the planting and it all looks beautifully embedded in.

    My EOMV is here: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2015/07/end-of-month-view-june-2015.html

  19. Alison says:

    I wish my garden was as lush and green as yours. We’ve been hot and dry for so long now, it feels like we’re living in California. I finally did an End of Month View post, only two days late. It’s here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2015/07/end-of-month-view-june-2015.html

  20. Hi Helen! I love the green palette of your garden with splashes of color here and there.
    My post: http://tanyasgarden.blogspot.com/2015/07/end-of-month-view-my-garden-june-2015.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Tatyana
      Thank you, I’m not sure rest was my plan but it seems to work well and it’s quite relaxing

  21. Your garden is looking great right now, so much so I am finding it difficult to find a favourite spot in it this month.
    I am a tad late in linking up, hoping I can be excused. Having a new baby in the house means we have found a way of loosing time so much more so than we ever did before! As usual, thanks for hosting. Here’s my link:

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Angie
      A new baby? How exciting and tiring. Thanks for finding the energy to join in this month. Popping over to say hi

  22. Helene says:

    I think I forgot to leave a link to my June EOMV post, here it is!

    I have been so busy with moving house and keeping up with everything, at the moment I am just watering my plants and trying to keep them alive 🙂

    Your garden looks very green and lush, you must either have been watering like mad or perhaps had more rain than us here in London – it feels like we haven’t really had any rainy days since February, just a bit of drips now and then which doesn’t amount to anything.

    1. Gillian says:

      Your garden is looking lovely Helen. I hope you don’t mind me joining in a little late for June!

  23. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Helen, I love the view up the stairs to the shed. One of my most frequent laments about my gardens is what I call the lack of topography … my corner of Katy is flat, flat, flat.

  24. Helen, you have featured 2 of my favorite beds…the shed and the view up the stairs especially and the woodland border….my Sum and Substance makes a great show right through all the ground cover below it….quite a stunning hosta in a woodland bed.

    I am a bit late with my link but here it is…….


  25. christina says:

    Hi Helen, your garden has been looking fabulous at the end of June! I especially like that the whole garden appears lush and full with plenty of variety in blooms and foliage. You have done such a great job in tweaking the garden over the last couple of months, I think it really shows.
    When I am late, I am really late in my life and that also seems to count for blogging. I just got to published my post about my White Garden Bed yesterday late at night, but I really wanted to continue to participate in the EoMV meme, so here is my link:
    I am already curious what July will bring and looking forward to participate again in your meme. Hopefully this time on time ;-)!
    Warm regards,

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