End of Year View: the Shrub Border

In keeping with the last two or three years I am focussing on one area of the garden for this end of year view, although have made a record of all the usual views for my own benefit. This year I am showing the shrub border as it appeared at the end of each month, perhaps all the more interesting as this border did not exist until summer 2014 – certainly interesting to ME, even if no-one else! When collating the required pictures, January 2015 was a bit of a shock as it showed a sprinkling of snow the day before the end of the month, presumably lasting only a day as it was gone when the first photograph below was taken:

IMG_4078IMG_4269IMG_4544IMG_4899IMG_5079IMG_5289IMG_5508 IMG_5709 IMG_5922 IMG_6099 IMG_6300TIMG_6466The early inclusion of grasses to the border made such an impact, bringing some early structure and padding out the space between plants moved from elsewhere before the new additions could get established. Some rearrangement may be required in the medium term but on the whole this border can only get better – looking back it seems strange to think that the inspiration came out of a skip of top soil removed from a neighbour’s garden…!

I hope to look back at highlights of 2015 before thinking ahead to what 2016 will bring in the garden, but till then thanks for supporting and encouraging me on my rambles and please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy year to you and your families. Thanks again to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting the End of Month View meme for so many years.

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26 Responses to End of Year View: the Shrub Border

  1. It’s amazing how the garden changes from month to month isn’t it? I like taking pictures of the same spot in my garden too, but it sometimes changes so gradually, or you get so used to it, that you don’t really notice the miracles that are taking place! Love looking at your garden!

  2. Gillian says:

    I also enjoy your posts and photos Cathy. Thanks for sharing. All the best for a fabulous 2016.

  3. Brian Skeys says:

    The photos are a great record of how the garden changes during the year. The roses look to be well established and I love the dark sedum by the bench.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Brian – the roses only went in last Autumn and the P’s Wife’s second flush was definitely better than its first. The sedum is Jose Aubergine – first saw it at Waterperry last year

  4. That daily walk through the garden is what makes life special to a gardener, enjoyed your post…Have a wonderful 2016.

  5. rusty duck says:

    It’s turned into a lovely border Cathy. I hope you’ve found time to sit on that bench!

  6. homeslip says:

    Fascinating to see how one border changes throughout the year and what a useful record you have created. I’m a pencil and notebook recorder and sketcher of my garden but I can now see the benefit of photographing it regularly from the same spot. Looking forward to lots more rambles around your intriguing garden Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      I had already decided to start doing it before I discovered there was an EOMV meme and have found it both interesting and useful to compare areas from month to month and year to year

  7. Chloris says:

    A lovely record of the month by month development of this area. You must be so pleased, it looks wonderful all year round.
    Looking forward to next year’ s rambling.

  8. I enjoyed that! It is such a good idea to take a photo each month from the same spot. If the rain ever stops here, I’m going to get some of January to start me off. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I like the way you have chosen one spot to highlight through out the year. I think I will do that this year. Happy Gardening Year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – I find it quite useful to see where there are gaps at different times and it’s intriguing to see the ebbs and flows

  10. Anna says:

    It’s certainly informative to get out there and take photos Cathy and so much more reliable than memory. We had snow here from late afternoon Boxing Day 2014 which might well have been the same in your neck of the woods. It might have just been the tail end of that in the photo you mention. I’m intrigued by the purple ribbon dangling from the side of the bench 🙂

  11. rickii says:

    Well here it is: time for those New Years resolutions. I hope to exercise some of your restraint and choose one spot to record through the seasons. I am always impressed by your brick work and how it brings interest even in the bleakest months of the year.

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  13. the border has come along nicely, it is satisfying looking at a nice bed or border in the garden knowing that just a year or two ago it was not there, I was also interested in the changes to the trees further on, it opens it up and must let in a lot more light, wishing you and the golfer a great 2016, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      The trees immediately beyond the border are apple trees, but behind that is hazel and holly then others in the woodland. We do periodically lop trees once they create too much shade or get too tall as this makes quite a difference in a ‘narrow’ garden

  14. Louisette says:

    Wonderfull garden ,Happy New Year,
    Best regard from Belgium.
    http://louisette.eklablog.com ” blog my city Mons in Belgium”

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