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03/03/2014 at 15:55

I've been trying to have a proper think about the flood gardens campaign a little more seriously. Having never been flooded I've no idea how long it takes to clear out but I have the feeling that many gardens will be covered in builders debris / water logged possessions for this summer at least - certainly looking at the mess we are making just decorating makes me feel for those who will need (at the very least) specialist clean up teams (if their insurance covers it), plasterers, electricians, plumbers, structural specialists... (and delays from insurance companies faffing about with paperwork).

That is of course if we have a gloriously warm summer so houses dry out quickly with dehumidifiers going 24-7. If we end up with a wet summer the ground water just isn't going to shift anywhere making working in the garden near impossible (considering how I get unmotivated when it drizzles I do not envy those that have all this thrown at them).

So perhaps it would be best for me (especially being in Yorkshire - around 220 miles away) to think about a more longer term as to what plants I can offer for the second attack once the "instant" fixes have been delivered and people have worked out what they want / need / what didn't survive (since one hopes this support network would be truly alive for the first five seasons for so at least while people work out what they need to plug the gaps throughout the year).

In short - the sturdy woody varieties that take an age to grow (rather than faster growing tomatoes / peppers / etc which would also not transport the distance very well seeing as how much the bananas we buy from the supermarket bruise on the way home in my big old truck!!)

I'm thinking about bringing some plants into the green house to get them growing now (though we have had it so mild the rosemary is already heading towards a hair cut) so that we can start taking cuttings we'd normally be doing in mid-summer. The likes of the rosemarys, the lavenders, sage, all of which I believe would happily live in large pots together for a year or so until people could decide whether to have them as garden or kitchen window displays as however suits their needs.

Can anyone think of any others that I might have in the garden or can buy from the garden centre to divide up and devote some space too?

03/03/2014 at 17:37

Clarington, you are a star, thank you!


03/03/2014 at 17:52


Does anyone have any extra packets of seed that they would like to donate to flooded gardeners?  If so gardenjeannie (on this message board) has offered to be our Seed Collector.  If you send her (or me) a private message we'll let you have gardenjeannie's postal address - hopefully you can send her your gifts for the price of a stamp.  She'll bundle up and we'll get them down to those who are starting to sow pots and planters for people who've lost their gardens in the floods.

So... if you are not planning to use those free seed packets from the magazine... or if you have anything left over from last year that you won't be using.... or if you've sown all you want and still have half a packet left over.... WE CAN PUT THOSE SEEDS TO GOOD USE!

Thank you everyone....

03/03/2014 at 18:15

I'm on the edge of the Levels and today it has rained more or less it certainly won't have helped those further east.

Part of my garden is again under water and I'm one of the lucky ones.

It is really so depressing

Sorry............plenty worse off than me.

03/03/2014 at 18:16


03/03/2014 at 19:09

Stay strong Philippa.  This will pass.  Forecast is kind for the next few days, and spring is on its way.  I'm sending you some virtual daffodils down the wire from Wales to cheer you up. 

03/03/2014 at 19:39

I'm bumping.

Yes, everyone, I am collecting seeds to send, so please forward. No-one has yet asked fro my address, so be the first! Every contributor will be named,unless you ask otherwise.

Come on, all of you seedaholics, have a clear out for a good cause

Chin up, Philippa, We're thinking of you.

03/03/2014 at 21:38

My message sending isn't working for you or Rosie,gardenjeannie.Will keep trying unless you can message me with your address.

03/03/2014 at 21:42

Hi pinkquartet!  I've sent you a message with gardenjeannie's address.  Thank you!

03/03/2014 at 21:53

Thank you Rosie.Glad l can do something to help.

03/03/2014 at 22:04

Thanks, Rosie, you beat me to it!

And Thank You, pinkquartet. That makes you FIRST!

03/03/2014 at 22:14

You're welcome gardenjeannie.l'll get them off to you this week.

04/03/2014 at 06:58

 Just for those that don't follow Twitter.  This is what just one gardener is facing (the farmer tweeting is the chap who appeared on Countryfile when the floods kicked off I believe.  The unbelievable images he posts showing us what is going on is quite shocking.


04/03/2014 at 07:40

It breaks your heart doesn't it? 

04/03/2014 at 08:45

That gives me an idea - I'll ask some of my Somerset contacts to take a few photos of gardens as the waters recede, and try to post some here.  It will let us all see what sort of task we are up against.  (And as time goes on, hopefully we can have some 'before and after' comparisons!)


04/03/2014 at 08:55

The photographs do a awful job of reminding you that its not just a case for the worst affected of popping some new plants in some people have first got to clear all kind of things from their land - I saw one imagine that showed a house whose driveway had collected four oil containers (the big green things you use to heat your home from) which makes you wonder if their contents had been lost into the waters along with the dead animals, sewage, rotting feed....

04/03/2014 at 09:01

Rosie, I presume you are just looking for flower seeds? I will have a look what I have got and if I don't have any I will buy some and send them on, it's the least I can do.  my garden is only a bit sludgy and I really feel for those people who have lost all their garden 

04/03/2014 at 09:03

GJ, I've PM'd you but it wouldn't let me do it from your avatar so please can you let me know you have the message.  Thanks 

04/03/2014 at 10:00

Thanks TN - yes please!   Any seeds would be very gratefully received - especially perhaps flowers (or veg) that would do well in pots and planters?  Because I think in many gardens the soil will be too badly affected to plant much for a season or so.

In case your message to GJ didn't work, I've PM'd you with her address.

Thanks again, and good luck with the sludgy garden!


04/03/2014 at 12:33

lunchtime bump

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