End of Month View: a Visual First

For the first time, as well as the usual photographs showing the main parts of the garden at the end of the month, I am including a link to a video ramble. For me, the EOMV posts are a useful record of the garden from month to month and from year to year and  I often refer back to them to check when what might flowering at certain times. Regular readers will know these areas well by now (and there is a map under The Garden tab above), but a video will provide a more immersive experience and a greater understanding of how the different sections fit together. I wasn’t sure about including a commentary, but this month you do have one, along with birdsong, roof maintenance and COVID-19 contained children.

First things first, and the usual still photos, starting with the paved area and sitooterie, the main view from our kitchen windows (above), and the streamside and shrub border to the right of this, taken from both ends (below). The Tête-à-Tête in the grass are still cheerful, albeit a little weary now, whilst the bright stems of cornus at the far end of the shrub border need to be cut right down to ensure a similar display throughout next winter.

The woodland is full of wood anemones and fritillaries, joined this month by Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ which I realise can’t be seen in this photo!

From the bothy, looking out over the main borders, and the same area from ground level. In the borders, the perennials are gathering momentum, whilst the hostas are all beginning to poke their noses out of the soil in their pots, so I must make a start with slug prevention. I am using nematodes again, but starting earlier than I did last year.

The clematis colonnade with the bronze heuchera bed in the foreground:

The woodland edge border from both directions, the common snowdrops over but their foliage making a big impact amongst all the hellebores:

The three bold borders, still timid rather than bold:

The extended cutting beds, with many plants hardening off and supports ready for sweet peas:

More cutting beds, and yet more plants hardening off, space in the working greenhouse being at a premium:

The blue & white border, with the amelanchier in full flower:

Through the rose garden…

…and back towards the house and the naked wisteria, past the snowdrop border and its white and green hellebore companions:

Down the side of the house we pop into the Coop, fragrant with spring bulbs, and finish at the Coop Corner behind it, avoiding the scaffolding:

Thanks for rambling with me, and now please click on the link for a personal guided tour

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35 Responses to End of Month View: a Visual First

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the ramble around your garden both ways. You have so much green and so many flowers blooming. It looks great. I even enjoyed the bird song. Well done. I do have one question. Is this creek something you made or is it a natural feature that you take advantage of?
    Cheers

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – watching it myself I realise just how much better an idea of the garden it gives I shall do it at the end of every month, I think. The stream (creek!) was indeed made by me and is pumped from a hidden ‘reservoir’ through a pipe to the highest point at the other end (near the house). The rocks came from our local reclamation yard with the channel first being lined with butyl rubber. It took a lot of thought and planning but I was pleased with the result

  2. bcparkison says:

    Oh good. You are in show mode. Lovely visiy.

  3. Cathy says:

    That was so lovely Cathy! Making a video is such a nice way to share the garden. 😃 The coop corner is looking wonderful… it is relatively new, isn‘t it? All your spring flowers and the stream and woodland border are looking good too. It is a sheltered spot you have got, which is certainly an advantage. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I am pleased to have finally done it. For many years I assumed it would take up a lot of memory but a couple of our community have posted videos recently and I picked their brains – it is only a link, so it makes no difference. And it wasn’t difficult to do either. The coop corner was created at the same time as the coop, so only 2 years ago but it matured really quickly. There are still a few gaps though!

  4. Heyjude says:

    Well the stills are lovely, but the ramble pulls it all together. No jerks and you have a lovely voice! Your garden seems so large with so many interesting corners. The woodland looks as though it has always been there and I can’t believe that you have created this incredible space whilst surrounded by other houses, it seems as if you are in the countryside. Love the different floor materials, the bricks, the cobbles and the patterns. So much more interesting than boring gravel that I have. And one question: what heater do you use in the coop? I am thinking that maybe next winter I use one in my conservatory as it is unheated and the fan heater I put on now and again is expensive to run.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – when I watched it back I was surprised how steady it was and I was pleased with the quality off the sound too although the Golfer said I was breathing heavily! I agree that it does give a more rounded impression than the still shots ever could. The way land ownership is here means we are actually bordered by 10 different properties although ours was here before any of the others! I am pleased you like the different floor materials, as I do too. We have a Bio Green Palma heater in bothe greenhouses with a separate thermostatic control. They may not be the cheapest but they are reliable and accurate – and I decided not to be concerned about running costs as the garden is one of my main pleasures and the one I spend most money on anyway

      • Heyjude says:

        I could hear you breathing occasionally, but seeing as you were walking and talking that’s not a surprise! I would have been panting!

        Thanks for the info – I will look it up.

  5. Steve says:

    Hi, just watched your video. Great tour of your garden . I should do something similar.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Steve – I am pleased to have taken the plunge and done it. It was surprisingly easy to do and also doesn’t use any memory in the blog. Hopefully I shall do one for every EOMV

  6. alison41 says:

    I enjoyed your video ramble but am still baffled as to the size of your garden ? and: do you have any help in the garden? its very intensively cultivated.

    • Cathy says:

      I suppose the size is relative, Alison – have you looked at the map? Each of the indivual areas is quite small and the garden is subdivided by paths – it’s around a third of an acre in total but unless you know what an acre looks like that doesn’t help… I have a friend whose garden is about one acre, so I think of his if someone mentions acres or fractions of acres! People who visit the garden think it must take a lot of work but most of it looks after itself really, so no, it’s just me, as the Golfer doesn’t ‘garden’.

      • alison41 says:

        Thanks for the info. In this metric age, I do understand the term acres. Way back when, in Rhodesia, we operated on the old imperial system, and our properties were calculated in acres. My Mum lived out of town in a peri urban area, and her property was 4 acres as weree all the properties in Woodville. She had a great garden, despite the arid (& often drought conditions). She gardened by remote control via a Mozambican gardener, named General Smart, who produced quantities of veg, and also a wonderful rose garden. He and his wife also produced sets of twins, with monotonous regularity but that’s another story.

  7. Cathy the photos are magnificent and portray flowers and divine places, such as the Coop Corner and the site and all the pots that surround it. The video is magnificent, fantastic: I love it. Cathy you are a professional garden guide and I love your voice and how you explain things so well. On the personal guided tour I felt that I was after you listening to your explanations inside your garden. It has been fantastic. Please, I beg you to make more videos like this: seeing your garden is like that … there are no such wonderful words to describe it: just being there in person. Thank you very much for the video Cathy, it has been a great gift. Keep you and the golfer safe. Take care. Loving greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks you Margarita, I am glad you enjoyed it and I agree it will help people get a better idea of what the garden is really like. I hope to make a video at the end of each month in future

  8. Kris Peterson says:

    I’m very impressed by your video, Cathy, and the smoothness of your excellent narration, which I’m very certain I couldn’t manage in any situation, much less when carrying a video camera. It was fun to hear your voice too, which of course wasn’t anything like I’d have expected, not that I could describe what that might have been.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – it was recorded on my phone, actually, and I was surprised at how well it captured the sound, and that I had kept the phone steady throughout! How curious that my voice wasn’t as you expected – but, as you say, it must be hard to know what to expect! I wasn’t sure about including my voice as I try avoid anything too personal on the blog, but decided that a commentary would be helpful – which it does seem to have been

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    Well done Cathy, a much steadier first video than mine. How many miles of brick paths have you laid?

    • Cathy says:

      Haha 😁 not as many miles as it might look! Thanks for the encouragement – it was the boost I needed to give it a go, and I was pleased with the results

  10. tonytomeo says:

    The wisteria must be ready to bloom at any moment! Our only wisteria got damaged last year, so will not do anything now. The neighbor’s wisteria is impressive, even if seen only from a distance!

    • Cathy says:

      It is usually towards the end of May when mine flowers, Tony

      • tonytomeo says:

        Wow, so it will be a while. I can not keep all these modern cultivars straight. The neighbor’s was planted not much more than ten years ago, but it seems to be an old cultivar that blooms early. I grew American wisteria because it is so docile, but it is not the same. Wisteria really is best with those long pendulous trusses, rather than the little stout trusses of American wisteria.

        • Cathy says:

          Mine is Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’, Tony, and has really long racemes, up to 24″

          • tonytomeo says:

            Oh, I should have recognized it as a Wisteria floribunda! I just do not expect to see them, and some of the modern cultivars of Wisteria sinensis produce unusually long racemes.

          • tonytomeo says:

            Oh, hang on, I am not looking at the right one.

          • tonytomeo says:

            Oh, I am sorry. I was referring to something else that I was just reading. I have not seen yours since last year, and I was not aware that the racemes are so long. I remember that it goes down the side of the house as well. That is a lot of wisteria.

          • Cathy says:

            Yes, partway down one side of the house too, where it flowered for the first time last year (on the gable, the first flowers appeared about 6 years after planting and I didn’t train it round the side for quite some time. First planted in 2000, by the way)

  11. Anna says:

    I really enjoyed walking the walk with you Cathy and seeing your garden at a different time of year 😀 It looks so different from the views I’ve had in June. Did you record all that on your phone?

  12. Chloris says:

    Oh well done Cathy, that was brilliant, I really enjoyed strolling round your garden and it was so smooth and professionally done. I usually feel sick after watching a homemade video, but not this time. Your garden is so packed with interest and quirky ideas, I love it. Was it easy uploading it on to youtube?

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Chloris 🙂 A couple f other bloggers had posted videos in the same way which encouraged me, especially when I realised it it doen’t use up any space. I used my phone and was really pleased with the sound and picture quality. Uploading it turned out to be a doddle, although it took about 15 minutes for the 10 minute clip. I shall do it every month now

  13. Annette says:

    Dear Cathy, I very much enjoyed the tour of your garden – it’s a prime example of how you can make the best out of a small space. It’s incredibly varied and full of interest and beautiful plants. Isn’t it great, this journey through life and gardening which makes us grow and takes us to new exciting levels! Keep exploring and growing and sharing your journey 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I am pleased you enjoyed it, Annette – and I have to confess it is interesting for me to see it as if I was a visitor, viewing it for the first time. I think I need to film it in landscape instead, though, or at least change to landscape when it is not a narrower passageway – what do you think?

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