Wind-damaged garden

by Pippa Greenwood

The wind lately has been something else! I can't remember the last time we had such extraordinarily strong winds hit the garden.

Pippa GreenwoodThe wind lately has been something else! I can't remember the last time we had such extraordinarily strong winds hit the garden. It's certainly been fantastic for drying my washing, but the garden is getting the sharp side of these unusually strong and persistent winds.

On Monday a full-sized water butt broke free from one of the greenhouses, spilled what water it contained and then right down the hill and ended up by the front door; trees and shrubs have literally had their leaves torn from the stems; less well-anchored sweet peas have come adrift from their obelisks.

I've left the water butt where it is for now, that way it won't have to risk further crashing and rolling, but I've had to do some emergency re-ties on climbers and the sweet peas.

Some of the young veg planted out over the last few weeks look as if they have been touching their toes once too often and may need to be replaced. I'm thanking my lucky stars that I didn't get around to planting out all the sunflowers I had hoped to at the weekend.

Luckily many of my vegetable plants are still snugly tucked away in fleece-covered tunnels, and some of the tinier ones in a fine-mesh-covered raised bed. I've always thought these things were far more wind resistant than some claim, now I'm sure of it as everything with protection is looking just fine. So far none of these structures has moved.

Another job has suddenly become more necessary — the watering. All this wind, often combined with sunshine, is horrendously drying, so I must grab that watering can and get out there.

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Gardeners' World Web User 15/05/2009 at 17:49

Two branches from my very old beautiful Wisteria succumbed to the winds - it had already suffered badly this winter and just seemed to be recovering from the frosts.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/05/2009 at 21:41

My plastic greenhouse with all my seedlings crashed over and ripped and left seedlings all over my garden. I have managed to rescue most of them but wonder how they will fair in the next week or two.

Gardeners' World Web User 16/05/2009 at 08:54

Damage of a different kind in my garden. I thought my pansies were being dug up by a blackbird collecting mud to glue her nest together (I had seen her at it!). I decided to plant a euonymus in this particular planter where the pansies are instead so there would be less bare earth to tempt Mrs Blackbird. I dug down and hit something soft and white. I thought maybe an underground fungus or something. It turned out in fact to be a whacking great triangular piece of soft cheese!! I have been racking my brains about what creature could have buried this. I have 3 kids but they certainly didn't do it and the cheese wasn't from our house! No rodent could have carried something so big so I am thinking maybe a fox. I put 2 bricks either side of the euonymus to deter further digging. What I really need is an infra red camera and Bill Oddie....

Gardeners' World Web User 16/05/2009 at 08:56

I have a plastic greenhouse and have been fine. I live in mid west France and our weather hasn't been too brilliant/ Far too windy and a lot more rain than usual. I've already planted out courgettes and some tomatoes so it'll be interesting to see how they survive. I have lots of back up plants in the greenhouse in case of failure!

Gardeners' World Web User 16/05/2009 at 15:46

Here in the Midlands we have had some torrential downpours as well as the wind.I came down yesterday morning to find 5 of my Alliums(purple sensation) has been decapitated. I also have a plastic greenhouse but my husband has weighed it down with a paving slab on the bottom shelve, sems to do the trick.

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