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Gardening in gales, rain, and hail

by Pippa Greenwood

Like the rest of the country, we have been hit some extraordinary weather in recent days. Even here on my hillside... the extent of the damage to my house and garden is incredible.

Iris reticulata flattened by bad weatherLike the rest of the country, we have been hit some extraordinary weather in recent days. The damage caused by the storms has varied across the country, and my sympathies are with those who live in the worst-hit areas.

Even here on my hillside where there is no risk of flooding, the extent of the damage to my house and garden is incredible.

My current pride and joy (as it is every March) is the display of daffodils on the drive leading up to my house. The rain and wind have flattened my daffs to the ground and some were even snapped off completely. The only good thing to come from this was that my son collected a large bunch of (somewhat muddy) daffodils for me. They now grace the dining room, having been given a bit of a clean up in the sink.

The remaining flattened daffodils on the drive are starting to right themselves. Sadly, my Iris reticulata have not fared so well and are still horizontal.

The bird table, with its adornments of fat-ball dispensers, peanut feeders and household scraps hit the ground at speed. It is now upright, though it has acquired a worrying wobble. Interestingly, the birds were still feeding from it when it was still flat on the ground. I wonder if they were the usual locals, or were they looters?

We also had some lightening - which actually made the house shake. Then came huge hailstones, which temporarily flattened the hellebores and spring bulbs. Luckily, because there was very little soft new foliage about, nothing seems to have been seriously damaged.

Thankfully the numerous mini tunnels that adorn the vegetable plot were totally unmoved and the crops within them are perfect.

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Gardeners' World Web User 13/03/2008 at 18:51

The winds have had me on tenter hooks for the past week. I feel like a deprived gardener and spend far too much time lingering at every window looking at the garden taking a fierce battering.

The casualties in my garden have been tender young clematis and I have been out on clematis watch as much as temperatures and windforce have allowed, tying in where I can and picking up the broken stems of what would have been my early flowers.

Still on the bright side this may encourage new growth. It's going to be a lovely day on Saturday so I can make sure any more fragile growth can be tied in before the winds return Sunday and Monday. It's an ongoing waiting game this gardening thing isn't it!!

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:31

I know this sound silly but what do you do with crocus and hyacinth bulbs now they have finished flowering. Thank you