End of Month View: May 2018

A somewhat bedraggled garden for this month’s End of Month View post.  I stupidly thought at the weekend, when it was sunny, I’ll take the photos nearer the end of the month as the poppies may have opened.  Foolish me! So these photos were taken this morning in drizzle with mist hanging over the hills and this evening we have thunderstorms so no better opportunities have been offered for sunny photos.

The garden continues to surprise me with how well it is doing with little intervention from me.  My neglect last year has allowed the plants to establish themselves – a lesson has definitely been learnt – and they have bulked up and are looking wonderful.  However, despite the verdant borders there are lots of weeds creeping in and tidying up to do especially on the pot front.

Having seen so many wonderful pot displays in Austin I was ashamed of my paltry attempts on my return especially as many were weed laden or even dead!  I have started sorting them out and have made some progress which is very satisfying but not enough to share here.

Oh and if you look closely you can see evidence of my other challenge at the moment – the dandelions which are everywhere. At least the rain last weekend made it easier to dig them up in the front garden. I now need to tackle the back garden.  I also need to make a note of those plants that are crowding others and come up with a list of divisions etc I need to do in the Autumn – a limited list as I don’t want to loose the full nature of the borders.

So this is my soggy garden at the end of May – a month whose high temperatures early on, following on from a wet spring, and now more rain has created a very pleasing effect.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View you are very welcome, you don’t even have to do it every month, just whenever.  All I ask is you link to this blog post and leave a link in the comments box below linking to your post and that way we can find each other.



22 Comments Add yours

  1. Very beautiful! I love how lush and green everything is

  2. Alison says:

    Hi Helen – you’re Garden is looking lush and colourful- if that’s what neglect does then it is no bad thing. I think dandelions are taking over everywhere this year – I have many & they’re all huge.

    My EoMR is here https://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2018/05/end-of-month-review-may-2018.html?m=1

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      Even the dandelions are lush!

  3. Carol Michel says:

    Dandelions, a universal weed. I’m fighting them in my garden, too. Your gardens are lovely! I might have to do an EoMP, too!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks Carol for the compliment

  4. rusty duck says:

    As a fellow compulsive plant mover and shaker I may well take the lesson on board too. Your garden goes from strength to strength. I love the lushness and naturalistic style of it. Sometimes it’s easier to take photos without the sunshine, the colours show up so much more.
    Here’s my link: https://www.rustyduck.net/2018/05/30/springwatch-chez-duck/

  5. Donnalee says:

    I think it looks great and very robust. I personally am very pro-dandelion, since they attract pollinators and actually offer seed food to some birds, plus they don’t need to be mowed in our wild backyard. You can send all your dandelions to us here near Woodstock NY and I’m glad to have them!

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Lushness is the key word for your garden, I think. So many lovely things to look at in those borders, and I love the little flowers (even if some of them are weeds, I’m not sure) in your grassy paths.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      They are daisies as the grass needs cutting!

  7. Steve says:

    Hi Helen, I also waited to the end of the month only to find the sun hiding!
    Here is my EoMV https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/end-of-the-month-view-may-2018/

  8. Jenny says:

    As someone who has to make daily interventions you should be proud of yourself for not having to. Be thankful for that drizzle. As to the pots-the most difficult of all our gardening jobs is to create a pot planting that lasts and lasts. Cactus? Agaves? Enjoy your June garden.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Dandelions? Are those the white spots that look like English daisies. I see only a few yellow spots.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      You can see the yellow dandelions as I have pulled the heads off before they seed everywhere. The other yellow dots are Welsh poppies which are like a weed in my garden

    2. tonytomeo says:

      Oh, of course; they are not visible without the flowers.
      When we were kids, a tortoise came out of the orchard and ate all the dandelion flowers from the lawns. Eventually, there were no more dandelions. That was okay because we fed him or her other things.

  10. Everything is growing nicely, isn’t it!

  11. Cathy says:

    Definitely green and lush, Helen, with lots of texture and colour – and I know what you mean about plants taking time to establish themselves. Many of the new things I planted last year just bided there time till now, so there have been a few surprises this year – and some crowded borders! I am now trying to remove dandelion flowers too 😉 My EOMV is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/end-of-month-view-green-with-a-touch-of-colour/
    Thanks for hosting

  12. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, looks like both our gardens have thrived on neglect!
    I still like the view of the steps up to the path best.
    Here’s mine, better late than never!

  13. Sam says:

    I had to wait for the fog to lift to take some photos here! Your garden is looking lovely and lush, Helen. Here’s my EOMV: https://acoastalplot.com/2018/06/02/end-of-month-view-may-gardening-in-action/
    Thank you for hosting.

  14. Anna says:

    Like wine Helen your garden only improves with the years. I love your willow owl perched on the wooden post and the surrounding planting. A bit late in the day from me but here is my end of the month post :

  15. I love the foxgloves Helen. It’s a few days late as I had to get some inspiration but then I realised even though I’m no longer the owner of a garden there is still plenty to write about so here is my EOMV – https://hurtledto60.com/2018/06/03/end-of-month-view/

  16. Benjamin says:

    A lovely stroll though your garden, Helen, thanks for sharing! In our neck of the woods, we’ve gone from a Winter that refused to let go straight into summer, so we have a bit of gardener’s whiplash! 🙂 http://nestofsquirrels.com/2018/06/03/end-of-the-month-of-may-garden-view/

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