I discovered End of the Month View (EOMV) at The Patient's Gardener's blog sometime in the last year or so. Helen describes her meme — which has been running since 2009 — as the time "to stand back and show your garden, warts and all." I think this is such a good idea, especially the way Helen's doing it: Picking a location to consider and picking a spot to shoot from that stays consistent.
I took part in this meme on and off last year but I'd like to try to be more focused this year and finally get this garden planted. It's almost where I'd like it to be, so a monthly review seems like a good way to get there.
THE TEA HOUSE GARDEN
The Tea House Garden, April 2015, photographed from just in front of the deck, looking slightly southwest. This is one of the main views of the garden that we see from inside the house and the deck where we spend a lot of time in the summer.
The Tea House Garden, April 2016. Hostas, ferns and Martagon lilies were planted since the above photo was taken though they are not very obvious yet this season. And the big brown clump of bamboo needs trimming as it's the most dominant thing in view.
The Tea House Garden, April 2015, photographed from the back of the deck looking west. This gives you a better view of the sweep of the garden around two sides of the building.
The Tea House Garden, April 2016.
The Tea House Garden, April 2015, photographed from the bottom of the slope and next to the west side fence.
The Tea House Garden, April 2016. In the photo below you can see that the ivy has finally recovered from two bad winters and the Sweet Woodruff and dwarf Solomon's Seal are rapidly colonizing the area. I need to control those plants so they don't swamp the more delicate ephemerals nearby. Just under the left edge of the Golden Shadows Dogwood tree is a small Korean maple looking nice and green. To the right of the orangey Mica rock (currently covered with ivy) are orange Heuchera and behind them (barely visible) are a gaggle of Mrs. R.O. Backhouse Martagon lilies, also peachy colored to reflect the color of the Tea House itself. Once everything is fully up in the next few weeks, I am hoping that it will be clear to me what still needs attention!