End of Month View: On the Cusp of Spring

IMG_6893The end of February fell on a Monday when a vase is my priority, but I still intended to take end of month photographs yesterday. That didn’t happen, and after overnight rain I expected grey and overcast pictures today but the rain cleared up and we had lots of blue sky with temperatures into the teens. Photographs taken, complete with challenging shadows, I spent a little time pricking out seedlings in the greenhouse and dividing bluebells in the woodland – a lovely day for pottering in the garden.

Above is the area directly behind the house and viewable at all times from the kitchen windows. I noticed buds on the tulips in one of the galvanised tanks recently, so that’s something to look forward to. Below is the streamside grass and shrub border, the most colourful part of the garden at the moment:


From the other direction:

IMG_6894The woodland, with thick clumps of bluebell foliage on the left side, clumps of primroses on the right, and masses of tiny green fronds of wood anemones beginning to push their way above ground:

IMG_6895The aerial view from the bothy chimney:

IMG_6896The same area from the back of the shed:

IMG_6897The clematis colonnade from a position a metre or two to the right:

IMG_6898Swivelling to the right from the same point to see the woodland edge border, and then walking through it to get a photo from the other end:

IMG_6899 IMG_6900The currently uninspiring bold borders:

IMG_6901 IMG_6902 IMG_6903Equally uninspiring blue & white borders:

IMG_6904 IMG_6905The rose garden, roses now tied neatly up the posts and all sprouting healthy new growth, contents of the beds at their base still up for discussion:

IMG_6906The special snowdrop border, also visible on the far left of the first photo, many snowdrops still going strong and some only just beginning to flower:

IMG_6907Finally, a not often seen view down the side of the house (and only shown because the Golfer had just swept it and cleared some of the usual detritus!) with pots of dormant hostas:

IMG_6909 So that’s it for another month – the garden on the cusp of spring. Thank you to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting this End of Month View month and thereby encouraging us to keep a monthly record of our gardens. Don’t forget there is a map of the garden under ‘The Garden’ tab above, which will help you find your way around this post.



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33 Responses to End of Month View: On the Cusp of Spring

  1. Lovely! Spring is in the air!!!!

  2. Amy Myers says:

    So glad you are getting some sunshine! All those green shoots promise wonderfully, don’t they? And the bulbs flowers in the grass… 🙂

  3. AnnetteM says:

    You have lots of lovely greenery, especially the ferns. The spring flowers are looking lovely too. I am glad you have that plan of your garden, though, as I always have to refer to it. Every year I resolve to make one myself and this year I even printed out a Google Map of our plot, but still haven’t managed it!

  4. Your garden is way ahead of mine but once it warms up it won’t take long for my garden to catch up with yours. Fun times ahead.

  5. johnvic8 says:

    I sense that you are indeed ready for spring. I share the thought.

  6. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Lovely, have a wonderful spring!

  7. rickii says:

    I love seeing your garden this time of year, when all of the hardscapes are front and center.

  8. Renee says:

    Lovely! The grass and scrub border looks especially colorful and spring like.

  9. Christina says:

    I love all the different spaces in your garden almost all seem to have seats but as you are always so busy I wonder if you ever sit down and just enjoy the space?

  10. Loved the garden tour, bursting with potential.

  11. Anna says:

    It was most mild here yesterday Cathy but no gardening done as I was out for lunch. A complete contrast today as it has been snowing this morning! Is that a new head in the snowdrop border or have I been most unobservant in the past?

    • Cathy says:

      We had some snow in the showers this morning but a sunny afternoon – an hour’s gardening gave me painfully cold hands though… 😦 Oh, and no, it isn’t a new head but far be it from me to suggest you may have been unobservant, Anna. Perhaps it is more visible now as there was an almost horizontal branch from the felled plum tree which might have obscured it

  12. Sam says:

    It definitely looks spring-like and full of promise for the season ahead. The pots look very good with their dressing of slate(?).

    • Cathy says:

      Yes it is such a promising time of year as things will change very quickly once temperatures increase. And yes, it is slate – we have used a lot of these chippings over the years. These days we can get it much cheaper from JTF Wholesale if you have one of those near you

  13. Brian Skeys says:

    All looking spick and span Cathy, we all just need some spring sunshine and away we go!

  14. Your garden is looking ship shape, Cathy. Do the slate shipping help deter slugs and snails too? You have some lovely trees with interesting bark, I wonder,do you feed them at this time of year to encourage it to grow/peel more.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – sadly the slate doesn’t deter slugs although I hoped it might. I think they must parachute in somehow… And no, I have never fed any of the trees except dollops of ericaceous compost for the witch hazels. In fact, I am very negligent with feeding generally, something I am working to remedy…

  15. It always amazes me how much you have going on in your garden and so many areas with names and devoted to special plants and concepts. I love that!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – it’s a mixed blessing in some ways, having specific areas. And one of the added bonuses of the cutting beds was having a mish-mash of colours, an unexpected pleasure!

  16. I love this time of year, the garden is quivering with new growth, no disasters yet, all to look forward to.

  17. Pauline says:

    Your have lots of lovely new leaves sprouting forth to keep your lovely little flowers company. Everything seems to be poised ready to spring into action when the temperatures increase, so many changes happen in the month of March.

  18. Cathy your garden is looking so tidy now. There may be areas which are dormant but those long shadows cast by the sunlight are lovely. It will all be coming up soon.

  19. Cathy says:

    I can’t get over how green and lush (and tidy!) your garden is looking Cathy! We are weeks behind you! It all looks lovely, especially with your sunshine.

    • Cathy says:

      Lots of bloggers have mentioned how tidy it looks and it is something I have noticed too – can’t say that I have made any particular efforts to make it so though! Although things got going earlier this year they seem to have slowed down and are generally ‘as normal’ now. Our part of the UK has escaped any extreme weather this winter – hope things get moving with you soon

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