Gardening Magazine

End of Month View – February 2014

By Patientgardener @patientgardener


After the delights of Wisley at the start of the week it is hard not to feel disillusioned when I look at my own garden.  I have to remind myself that I work full-time and my resources are signficantly less.  I also think it can be hard at this time of year not look negatively when we have had nothing but gray skies and the borders are looking bare so I shall start the End of Month View post with the jolly irises on the staging.

I really should have moved the plastic pots before taking the photos but this is a warts and all post so there they are.  I still need to come up with something to cover the fence.  It needs to grow well in a pot, cope with direct sunlight all day and preferably evergreen.  I think if I can find something suitable then it won’t matter that the staging is less interesting at other times of the year.


The Spring Patio border is currently a border of two halves.  The Bike Shed end is looking good with lots of snowdrops blooming to be followed by other bulbs; these will be followed by some perennials including Astrantia and Acanthus.


The greenhouse end is less interesting at the moment.  There are perennials in here which will fill the border in late summer including Kirengeshoma palmata and Actaea simplex.  However I need to have some interest now especially as this is the view from my living room.  So when the snowdrops have finished flowering I will be dividing the clumps and spreading them along the border.  I also think something evergreen in this space which would compliment the late summer planting would be good – thinking cap on.


I won’t be including the border in the front garden this month as absolutely nothing has changed and despite it being a warts and all post I think another photo of a bare border with an almost dead lavender is going too far.  Anyway, moving on to the Cottage Border along the top of the wall (above) there is progress and narcissus are starting to flower albeit in the middle of the path (oops). This border is meant to have an early summer season of interest and should be a delightful mix of roses, delphinium, geraniums etc.  It will be interesting to see how the border lives up to the image in my mind but its a work in progress so this will be a watching brief.


Finally the border formerly known as the Bog Garden which has been rechristened the Camellia Border.  I have been waiting for the weather to improve so I can finish the planting here and hopefully  that might happen this weekend.  The canes in the foreground relating to the hard landscaping that we are thinking of doing around the workshop.

So to sum up nothing has changed since last month but hopefully in the next month with more of the sun we have had in the last few days plants will grow and flowers emerge and there will be lots to report next month.

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