End of Month View – July 2016

IMG_6076Opps sneaking in a day late with the post which is disgraceful as I host the meme but there you go.  Life moves on, you find yourself blogging less and less and losing track of the days and the pattern of posting and the next thing you know you are late like the proverbial White Rabbit.


Anyway, what is there to say about Hugh’s Border except it is very full and interestingly and is probably faring better than most of the garden given the dry conditions we have had recently.  The only real casualty are the Sensitive Ferns (Onoclea sensibilis) which are looking a little frazzled.  They need moisture even when they are in the shade despite what the reference books say.  I have some in a very damp corner of the garden which look wonderful but the ones in Hugh’s Border despite it not having as good drainage as the rest of the garden give in at this time of year every year and every year I think I really must pull them out.  But I forget and then in the spring the new fronds with their red stems appear showing that they are spreading around and I relent.  “No more” I cry – well mutter.  I am determined not to be hoodwinked into a reprieve and I intend to drastically cull the Sensitive Fern and replace it with some ferns that are  a little more robust and not so touchy about things.


As for the front of the border the phlox are looking and smelling wonderful and I find myself thinking that as they seem to like these conditions then maybe I should add to them but I need to be very particular about the colour as I don’t want a garish pink and I think the colour palette for phlox is quite limited.  Anyway, a bit of research is needed.

There isn’t much else to say about the border as its one of those areas that just gets on with it and finally has filled out enough to have a bit of interest happening whatever the time of year.

As ever any one can join in the end of month meme just decide on what part of your garden you want to feature or maybe give us a tour of the whole garden.  The instructions are on the tab at the top of the blog.  I look forward to seeing your links in the comment box below and having a mooch over to see what is happening at yours particularly as it is now raining here.



30 Comments Add yours

  1. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, I always love the contrasting textures in your garden. They keep it interesting even without colour -I bet your photos would still work in black and white.

    Here’s mine for this month, thanks for hosting

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Jen
      That’s an interesting idea, I will have to see what they look like in black and white

  2. owenldn says:

    I grow my sensitive fern actually in my pond- so im not surprised it looks a bit frazzled in the border! I have one in a pot that dries out each year and I always think i must put it in a boggy area.

    I like your foxgloves (i think they are) what species are they? Do they come back each year?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Owen
      The sensitive fern I have that does well is in a corner that floods. The foxglove are rusty foxgloves, ferritin or something like that and yes they are perennials. Grew them from seed had them for 3 or so years.


  3. owenldn says:

    ps is it my imagination or do you have a cherry (?) tree that has branches that over hangs the entire garden? (see first pic)

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      No you are right, it’s some form of prunus

    2. owenldn says:

      Ah how interesting- i never noticed that before- its a very long branch! must give a nice green roof!

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      It’s long because the willow in the corner crowded it out and the chap behind keeps chopping bite off so to compensate the tree has grown out over the garden. It is due for a bit of a prune to try to start balancing it better now the willow has been reduced.

  4. The whole area is looking terribly smart. I can’t get over how cohesive you have made it in just a few short years. Is that blackberry lily (Iris domestica) in the back? Love the bold color

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Marian
      Im not sure what plant you are referring to when you say blackberry lily – I definitely dont have any of those. I dont know that plant but looking it up on line it seems to hav orange flowers so what I think you are looking at are Crocosmia which are a similar colour.

  5. Jim Stephens says:

    Sensitive fern is the only fern of the two dozen or more that I’ve grown that I ousted, for being too enthusiastic and spreading way beyond its allotted space. So there is something to be said for it struggling a bit maybe. I’m envious of your Tetrapanax, which I had and lost, but I’ve nowhere to put it.
    My contribution this month is https://gardenruminations.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/end-of-month-view-july-2016/

  6. Nice post Helen, We’ve just started getting a bit of rain now.
    Here is my contribution to the meme.

  7. Alison Levey says:

    Hi Helen – Hugh’s Border is looking great – all very green & lush.

    My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2016/07/end-of-month-review-july-2016.html

  8. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – The willow was the first thing I noticed – lovely drooping green – but not too much. Lovely drappy look. Opposite end of the World here so having a VERY wet winter. Thunder storms and WET rain. Boggy, soggy, saturated everywhere. Too wet to cut the grass (can’t call it lawn) and slippery clay! Garden Group today too wet to view gardens so having lunch at Cherry’s a small cafe on the canal at Gulf Harbour so a nice outlook. Plenty of cover if yet another downpour. My cyclamen and primulas give springy look. Bulbs not quite flowering. Magnolias out everywhere. Our one and only is out – forgotten the name – dark pink – will remember as soon as I press Post!

  9. Just wondered which WordPress template your using.? is a custom one.? its very nice.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Its a standard free template called Hemmingway Rewritten or something like that

  10. Almost too embarased to join in with all the wonderful gardens on display, but here goes: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/end-of-month-view-2/

  11. It’s looking wonderfully, exuberantly verdant, to me, even if some bits of it are less enthusiastic than you would like!

  12. Helen – check out phlox ‘Franz Schubert.’ Pale mauve, disease free, and flowers over a long period.

  13. glebehouse says:

    Hi Helen, I have not been blogging for long and have just realised how the End of the Month View is working. Would love to join but only have a few seconds so here is a link to an overview of our garden. A bit earlier than July but I will do an up todate EoMR for August.
    Thanks for hosting this.

  14. Helene says:

    I love borders that are crammed full up and with no bare soil, your last photo is lovely. It has been raining for almost 24 hours in London and the garden (and me!) is breathing a sigh of relief. I hope you got some of the rain too.
    Here is my EOMV post:

  15. Linnae says:

    I was a day late with my post as well. 🙂 I find myself studying your photos to see all the different types of plants you have in there–with it being mostly green, there are so many different leaf shapes and textures. Well done!
    My EOMV can be found here:

  16. Kate says:

    Good job

  17. Kate says:

    It’s great. So beautiful

  18. Cathy says:

    Barely rained here either – how can it have rained for 24 hours in London?! Good to see your borders full to bursting – when there is bare ground earlier in the year it is easy to forget how much things fill out! My EOMV is at:

  19. jpstacey says:

    Hugh’s Border is beautiful as always, regardless of the sensibilities of the sensitive ferns. It’s really knit together by this time of year and there’s more to see the longer one looks at it.

    Can I get some kind of wooden-spoon prize for being even later than you with my own EOMV?


    Nothing moving with the landscaping work, still: but we have some lovely flowers in pots, including some Standard Garden Centre Zonal Pelargoniums that I haven’t the heart to be sniffy about, as they continue to relentlessly fire off blooms in all directions.

  20. rusty duck says:

    I think I get the wooden spoon… :
    Hugh’s Border is still looking a treat. The Anemanthele is at its very best stage, delightfully wispy before it gets overblown. You might want to be prompt about removing the seed heads, mine has seeded for England!

    1. jpstacey says:

      Fair play: given my luck at the moment, I got a wooden spoon it would only damp off anyway!

  21. Hugh’s border does look full Helen, I posted my EoMV last weekend and came back here a few times but only saw the embroidery post, anyway here is my link, thanks for hosting, Frances

  22. AnnetteM says:

    Hi Helen, at least you were only one day late. Here I am almost a week late! I love the variety of colours and textures of your foliage, especially that grass in the first photo – I have started a new grasses border and am still looking out for a few. Could you let me have its name please?
    Here is my post

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