End of Month View: a Brief Respite

With the midday wedding of Younger Daughter yesterday there was plenty of time (flowers having been prepared the day before) beforehand for a gentle stroll around the garden to take photos for April’s End of Month View. This meme is hosted by Helen the Patient Gardener and gives bloggers the chance to showcase or just keep a record of their gardens or certain parts of them at the end of every month. Do have a look at her blog to see her own post and links to many others. Thanks for hosting, Helen.

The day started sunny and bright (hence the shadows in some of the shots) but I knew there would be no opportunity other than first thing, so firstly we have the areas directly behind the house, the paved area and streamside/shrub border:

IMG_7187IMG_7188The shrub border from the other end, and then the woodland. A straggly red rhododendron is just coming into flower towards the bottom left:

IMG_7189 IMG_7239The main borders from the Bothy folly, and the same borders from behind the sheds:

IMG_7191 IMG_7192The clematis colonnade, now with colour on every post from Clematis alpina although not obvious on this photo:

IMG_7193The woodland edge border from both directions:



The three bold borders:

IMG_7196 IMG_7197 IMG_7198A quick peak inside the fruit cage, as the bushes and young trees build themselves up for their fruiting season. Mange tout peas have just been sown in the veg bed on the right.

IMG_7200The blue & white borders with their pleasing curves, accentuated all the more as the foliage fills out:

IMG_7201The rose garden, with lots of buds-in-waiting on the roses which have been underplanted with linaria grown from seed:

IMG_7202Back towards the house, the special snowdrop border is still white and green, but largely due to the Thalia narcissi along with the back and white scilla planted amongst the snowdrop foliage and spent flowers of green and white hellebores. Everytime I look out of the kitchen windows at this bed, I am reminded of just how successful raising the level by means of the brick edging has been.

IMG_7203And lastly, a sneak preview of what is to come in next month’s EOMV post at the end of May – the wisteria is in bud and should be at its full potential by then:




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36 Responses to End of Month View: a Brief Respite

  1. A lovely wander around your garden Cathy. I can’t believe you were so relaxed yesterday morning with the wedding just a few hours away. So good you had sunshine

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – and no reason to be anything other than relaxed 😉 ps mixed weather, but mostly dry

  2. Pauline says:

    I’m amazed you had time for a post with the wedding coming any time! Did the sunshine last for the wedding, I hope so. Everywhere looks so neat and tidy, almost as if your plants are waiting to explode. Your Wisteria is going to be fabulous, I’ll look forward to next months post.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – not quite sure why it looks especially tidy but perhaps the wedding flowers are a tidier project than some I get up to! It’s always exciting to see the wisteria buds appear…

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    You must be relieved to have the wedding behind you. Hope it was enjoyable. Full speed ahead now for the garden!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Eliza – yes, it was a lovely day and quite strange to have it out of the way and not to be focussing on particular blooms

  4. your garden looks so nice and calm and sunny, I hope the wedding went well and you all had a great time, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances and yes, we had a lovely day. I agree about the garden looking calm – although there is a lot going on it’s not quite time for the real ‘explosion’

  5. Helen Johnstone says:

    I too am amazed you had time to post. I am already coverting the wisteria, I seem to remember doing so last year, I keep wondering about trying one on the back of my house

    • Cathy says:

      If you can train them along a wall like this they don’t take up any space in the garden – mine arches across a path and onto the gable and took 6 years to flower but it was SO worth the wait!

  6. Renee says:

    Beautiful views! I hope everything went well with the wedding as well, and congratulations!

  7. rusty duck says:

    I do hope there are no more frosts, the wisteria is going to be a picture. But then your whole garden looks ready to burst with colour any day. Hope you all had a really lovely day yesterday, will we see some of the blooms tomorrow?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jessica – frost doesn’t seem to bother it. It faces west and I suppose the wall of the house will retain some heat especially with the Aga on the other side of it! Great day on Saturday and yes, do check out the IAVOM POST…

  8. A nice sashay through your garden. Everything appears to be happy with spring. I think it is amazing that you had the gumption to post what with your daughter’s wedding and all that goes with it. Happy May Day.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – and apart from the flowers and the sonnet and my presence, my involvement was minimal, honest!

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    I hope the weather was ok for the wedding, it wasn’t to good here. The C. alpina are special this time of year.

  10. I can’t believe you took time to post for us with the wedding in the offing. Hope it all went well and the weather stayed perfect.

    • Cathy says:

      Just the photos taken for EOMV before the wedding and the post written the next day, Linda, although I did briefly wonder if I had time to post that morning!

  11. Peter Herpst says:

    Wow, amazing how good your garden looks with an upcoming wedding. Looking forward to seeing your arrangement (s) on Monday!

  12. I hope the wedding went well and the weather stayed fine for the big day, Cathy. Your garden is looking ship-shape, what a perfectly trained wisteria. I look forward to seeing it in flower.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – and yes, the wedding went well. Pruning the wisteria is probably my favourite seasonal task – because of the results, I suppose

  13. Sam says:

    All looking great, Cathy, especially that wisteria…

  14. Christina says:

    You are amazing Cathy; your daughter’s wedding day for which you are providing the flowers (no mean feat) and you still find time for a ramble and a post. Well Done! I love seeing these longer views fo your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – and honestly,all I needed to do on the morning was tie up the posies, put on my finery and go over to her flat by mid morning to share some of her getting ready time. And it was a pleasure to ramble without having to check how close to flowering things were ☺

  15. jpstacey says:

    Looking forward to that wisteria! It’s all looking amazing, everything really waking up and getting going: I love the long, arching fern in the forest border, with its own browner colours contrasted by the newer, greener non-fern foliage behind it.

    When you raised the bed with bricks, did you underpin it at all? We’re considering doing some terracing (of around 60cm, which is higher; but with much thicker chunks of stone, which should compensate) and I wondered whether it was worth pouring a concrete base underneath to stop it sinking over time.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind comments. For this low wall I just used pebbles and other oddments of rubble at the base, with a thick layer of mortar – but for 60cm high it’s worth putting in a concrete base to reduce the likelihood of being pushed or falling over. It doesn’t add greatly to the cost or effort and ‘Ha’porth of tar’ is my mantra these days!!

      • jpstacey says:

        You’re probably right: it’s easy to underestimate simply the dead weight of earth behind a terracing wall like ours: it’s sort of holding up the hill, or at any rate the first metre or so of it!

  16. sultanabun says:

    I love your brick and the curved bench.

  17. rickii says:

    I don’t know how the wisteria can possibly upstage that final shot…but I’ll be watching.

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