End of Month View: March 2017

The front garden is beginning to come into its own with the small narcissus and Euphorbia flowers bringing some real zing to the border.  You may recall that last month I said I was thinking of filling the bigger border with small narcissus. Well I am rethinking this as if you look very carefully you will see that the narcissus are all facing away from the house which means I am looking at the back of the flowers.  If I fill the big border with narcissus then the only person who might see the flowers properly would be the postman!

I have finally dug over the whole of the front garden and moved the original perennials forward that were being dwarfed by the Grevillea.  I have also top dressed the whole space with green waste from the local waste dump.

There isn’t that much to see in the big border at the moment as the perennials and grasses have been cut down and are just leafing up now.  I’m thinking that camassias or alliums might look good in this space next year to give interest before the asters come into their own.

Anyway, that’s the front garden at the end of March just under a year since we lifted the front lawn.  I’m thrilled with how good the space is already looking and it will be interesting to see how the perennials develop through the year.

All are welcome to join in with the End of Month meme.  You can use it how you like all I ask is that you add a link to your post in the comment box below and is possible it would be great if you could link to this post from your post.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful pics 🙂 I like how the little path winds through the borders.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Helen, the front garden is looking great. Is the purple flower an honesty?
    Here is my EoMV https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/end-of-the-month-view-march-2017/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi yes honesty I have quite about round the garden and it self seeds now

    2. Steve says:

      We also have self sets and it looks great with red tulips

  3. Amazing! You made a wise choice with the new layout.

  4. Here is the link to my End of the Month Review. Still under snow I’m afraid. https://wildlifegardenerblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/end-of-month-view-march-2017/


  5. Joe Owens says:

    Helen I have eagerly anticipated this day for over a week. I love the EOMV and am so excited that the time of year has come that I actually have something to share. I love gardening of all types and getting to “show off” the excitement is great. Thanks for doing this each month. You can check mine here: https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/end-of-month-view-march-2017/

  6. rusty duck says:

    It’s a good point you make about the daffs. I have exactly the same issue with the top down (north to south) view of the Precipitous Bank. The daffodils do still add colour though and the overall effect is lovely.
    Here’s my link: https://www.rustyduck.net/2017/03/30/it-never-rains-but-it-pours/

  7. Isn’t it a good thing you waited to see what the narcissi would do!

  8. Jim Stephens says:

    That is an astonishing transformation in just a year. I bet you’re really missing the lawn – not. My two penneth is at https://gardenruminations.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/end-of-month-view-march-2017/

  9. Cathy says:

    Oh this looks so neat, Helen – the topdressing must make such a difference. Something to investigate here, although I recall it was not especially economical. My less neat and tidy EOMV is here:

  10. Lea says:

    All those greens, yellows, and purples – beautiful!
    Here is my End of the Month View:

  11. Mrs. Brown says:

    I am a new garden blogger and am delighted to join the End of the Month garden meme group. http://wp.me/p8z9CU-z

  12. Wow, your garden is looking fabulous, Helen – amazing what you’ve achieved in just one year.

  13. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, I think your front garden is a wonderful success. And I too am enjoying ‘zingy’ Euphorbias.
    Here’s my post

  14. Anna says:

    Such a positive transformation Helen – you must be delighted that you took the plunge and finally bid farewell to the lawn. I like the different shapes,repetition and the way the border zings and glows. Sadly I’ve been awol for some time from EOMV posts but managed to get my act together this month :

  15. Sue C. says:

    Your front garden is looking really good. Much better without the lawn. The Euphorbia really stands out in your photos.
    My End of month view is here – http://rosecottagejottings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/end-of-month-view-march.html

  16. Alison says:

    Hi Helen, your front garden is looking great, so much promise of things to come. I really like how its developed.

    My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2017/04/end-of-month-review-march-2017.html

  17. J-P says:

    Oh, yes. That layout is definitely working now. It’s nice to still have the path as a way of getting deep into the borders; but definitely better than a lawn!

    In contrast, this month I feel like my garden contains all the potential bits and pieces of a good garden, just not yet in the right order:


    Fingers crossed we’ll be starting building retaining walls at the beginning of May!

  18. Caro says:

    I love the purple honesty and lime green euphorbia in the garden, they really compliment each other and pull the eye around the garden. It looks so lovely, you’ve done a great job there. Hopefully the small community garden here will look as great soon (no particularly progress yet this month), but I’ve written about the veg patch garden flowers this month. (So many early tulips!)

  19. My apologies if you get this twice, I had a message about being unable to post. Your front garden certainly shows all the hard work you have put into producing a wonderful entrance to your home. You have every right to feel proud of such an achievement. This is my contribution for March 2017 https://hurtledto60.com/2017/04/03/end-of-month-view-march-2017/

  20. Emma Rogers says:

    Great transformation! Good to see what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time!

  21. Oh, i’m late again! not my fault honest.
    Your front garden looks lovely.
    Here is my contribution… https://thecynicalgardener.com/2017/04/04/end-of-month-view-of-the-garden-end-of-march-2017/

    Thanks for hosting.

  22. jane says:

    Your garden looks so lovely! Great to see structure, texture and colour at this time of year. Inspirational!

  23. Karen says:

    I have the same problem with my daffodils. They are facing away from the summerhouse. Your garden is looking really beautiful Helen. Lots of hard work there, and it’s paid off. Here’s my contribution this month- a few days late, but it’s a hectic time. https://karengimson.wordpress.com/

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