Wind and rain damage in the garden

Posted: Wednesday 28 November 2012
by Pippa Greenwood

With all the recent heavy rains, my garden is in a worse state than it gets into in the depths of a wet winter, and it's only the end of November.

Fallen autumn leaves

Living on a hillside, I’m fortunately not in danger of being flooded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of the recent heavy rains. It’s difficult to walk around my sloping garden without slipping over, and the grassed areas have turned to deep mud. They’re in a worse state than they get into in the depths of a wet winter, and it’s only the end of November.

I’ve had to plant the last of my spring-flowering bulbs in containers, as I can’t plant them into the saturated soil. In an attempt to protect my garlic from waterlogging, I’ve planted the cloves on ridges. However, the ridges were getting washed away, so I had to brave the deluge, hair plastered to my face and rain running down my back, and try to repair them - or completely rebuild them in some cases. 

Meanwhile, our lovely rescue hens were looking very bedraggled, so I put up another shelter for them. But they were reluctant to use it until I also included a tray of porridge.

Thankfully, the rain has now stopped, but the wind has really whipped up. So I’ve been battling the elements again, trying to re-fix my cloches and pop-up covers to the ground. But the soil is so wet that the usually efficient pegs just don’t work. I’ve also had to tie in a large wild rose, whose flailing stems had broken free, and I’ve been chasing after all sorts of items that have gone fly-about, including a part-full compost bag, some plastic bell cloches and a netball post.

There is, I've decided, one good thing to come out of this stormy weather. All the remaining leaves have now been stripped from the trees and shrubs, so hopefully they can be raked up in one go.

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Lingdada 01/12/2012 at 17:59

My large magnolia tree has consistently flowered right up to mid November despite many storm batterings.Now pruned back for transplanting,it seems to have new buds? Can I safely transplant this beautiful tree to a more spacious garden area?

nutcutlet 03/12/2012 at 17:58

If things have to be moved the dormant season seems the best choice for deciduous trees/shrubs. If we get a gap between floods and frozen ground grab your moment.