End of Month View: February 2017


I thought I would use my wide-angle lens to give you a better idea of the whole front garden.  The photograph is taken from the top of the driveway; the gravel path leads to the side gate as the driveway leads to the front door – if that makes sense.  The smaller border near the house is beginning to fill up as the bulbs push their way through the compost.  There are numerous daffodil bulbs and over the last week the tulips I planted in the autumn have started to appear.


This is a wide-angle from the side gate.  As you can see it is a little shadier at this end of the path due to mine and my neighbour’s houses so I have more shade lovers in this area including ferns.


A closer view of the main part of the garden.  I had hoped to have dug all of this over, weeded and mulched by now but my injuries that I mentioned last week have prevented me.  However, I did manage an hour this weekend and have mulched the area I have done.  The focus of the border is really late Autumn as it is full of asters.  I really like the effect of the miniature daffodils so I am thinking that once I have sorted out the perennial planting I will cram this border  with lots of bulbs – crocus, miniature daffodils, tulips, and to finish alliums. I need to rejig some of the planting as either the plants have been in a while in the old border and need pulling forward before the Grevillea swamps them or they were planted quickly last summer where a space was available.  I am hoping this monthly meme will help be get my eye in and work out the right combinations. Hopefully by the end of March there will be more to see.

All are welcome to join in with the End of Month Meme, you can use it how you wish.  I just ask that you link back to this blog and it would be great if you could leave a link to your post in the comment box below so we can all come and have a peek at your plot.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Saloni says:

    That looks divine. I wish I had so much space to build my own personal garden. I make do with plants for now. Most of which, my mother planted and takes care of. 🙂

  2. Alison says:

    Hi Helen – sorry to read about your injury, how awful. The front garden is looking really neat and I love seeing the bulbs coming up. My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2017/02/end-of-month-review-february-2017.html

  3. Steve says:

    Hi Helen, Great to see all the bulbs coming up. My garden is responding to spring too but as in my EoMV and my previous blog the recent storms have sidetracked me. https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/end-of-the-month-view-february-2017/

  4. Lea says:

    I like the gravel path with the brick edging – so pretty!
    Here is my End of the Month View
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  5. rusty duck says:

    What strikes me once again from these shots, and I know it’s a wide angle lens, is how much bigger the garden looks. The path going crossways really helps. It’s looking fabulous already, can’t wait to see it as it starts to fill out. Love those miniature daffodils, more bulbs is definitely the way to go.
    Here’s my link: https://www.rustyduck.net/2017/02/28/why-is-nothing-ever-easy/
    I’ve discovered just how challenging borders near the house can be!

  6. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, really interesting to see all the progress on your front garden. I hope you’re back to full digging fitness soon!

    Here’s my EoMV. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Helen – if you are looking for small shade-tolerant bulbs for very early colour, may I suggest corydalis? Check out Pottertons Nursery (who offer mail order). A planting mix of Beth Evans, George Baker, Purple Bird, and White Sallow are just coming into flower in my garden now. The foliage disappears by the end of May.

  8. I hope the injury continues to heal..

  9. Cathy says:

    This is going to work so well Helen and you have made such progress on it already – it is looking so promising. As you say, keeping a record will help you tweak it as you go along. I am sorry your own progress towards recovery is slow, and I really hope you are continuing to improve and not in too much pain. My post is up at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/the-end-of-another-grey-month-february-eomv/

  10. Jim Stephens says:

    It’s all looking good, especially so for it being so new. I don’t understand how they can grow fields of daffs round here for cut flower, but none I have ever planted survive. I agree with Amateurplantsman about Corydalis solida and its varieties, don’t think mine are up yet, must look. My EOMV is at https://gardenruminations.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/end-of-month-view-february-2017/

  11. hoehoegrow says:

    Your front garden is looking good, Helen – I love the curving path. Shame injuries stopped play! I bet you can’t wait to be fully fit and back out there.
    Spring is just beginning to spring here and I spotted frogspawn in the pond yesterday !
    Thanks for hosting EOMV !

  12. Linnae says:

    It does me good to see green growing plants! Mini daffodils are my favorite–I can’t get enough of them.
    My EOMV is here: http://www.ofbooksandblooms.com/2017/03/end-of-february-not-quite-spring.html
    Hope your injury heals fast!

  13. Libby says:

    What a beautiful garden, looking forward to following you through the seasons

  14. A lovely Blog as always Helen, apologies for being even later than last year with my link to my Feb Blog…. https://thecynicalgardener.com/2017/03/05/end-of-month-view-of-the-garden-end-of-february-2017/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi June
      Thanks for joining in again, it doesn’t matter you are a little late

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