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10/08/2014 at 19:17

 Its partially snapped near the base. When trees/shrubs are in full leaf they provide more resistance to the wind don't they. Its still got a lot of blooms so hopefully it might still survive.

10/08/2014 at 19:22

It's a common problem when they're so hefty at this time of year Fishy. 

I've sometimes taped broken bits back in place with electrical tape or gaffer tape. As long as there's enough contact between both bits that break, and the split's not too severe, they usually make it. 

10/08/2014 at 19:31

It's rubbish Fishy isn't it???  I've lost 4 Cosmos already, including my long awaited pink one which had only just started flowering, and am expecting more damage as the wind is getting stronger.....there are Begonia flowers all over the lawn that have blown off but thankfully no broken leaves yet 

10/08/2014 at 19:40

I've got a Hazel and Silver Birch taking a battering, I just hope the greenhouse survives.

10/08/2014 at 19:43

 So sorry to hear that FG and OL....wind really is the most troublesome of weathers and more so if we've watched something grow all summer only to see it flattened. Sorry about your pink cosmos OL 

10/08/2014 at 19:44

Mrs G 

10/08/2014 at 19:46

Budleias.....this bloomin spellcheck thingy.  Keeps changing my words ......I cut back as soon as a flower starts to go over working down the branch.  It minimises risk of breakage

Cosmos...again, I pinch back these plants from the start, several times.  This,produces shorter stockier wind resistant plants........

10/08/2014 at 19:56

Yes but you are older and wiser than us Verdun 

10/08/2014 at 19:57

I realise that now Verdun.....I will know for next year  I had read conflicting advice when I planted them out and pinched some out but not others, and obviously not the pink one ( which I didn't know was pink )

10/08/2014 at 20:18

Today's strong winds have 'beheaded' some of the larger hydrangea 'mopheads' and toppled the taller runner & climbing French bean obelisks. By tying the outdoor tomatoes to each other (& nearby trees!) they are at lest no worse than 30 degrees off vertical! I'll settle for that at the present.

10/08/2014 at 20:32

Well two thirds of the buddlea has had it.However,every silver lining has its cloud.The wallflowers I planted there earlier this year were getting precious little sunlight and surviving but that's all. They should do much better now....

I've got some outdoor tomatoes too David,though luckily are in a sheltered spot.Good luck with yours 

10/08/2014 at 20:36

Fishy, you could cut down a buddlea to the ground and it would bounce back with knobs on

10/08/2014 at 20:42

That's true artjak  Isn't it right they originate from the Himalayas? Growing in the UK must be a doddle for them.

10/08/2014 at 20:43

I caught my white profusion in the gate and ripped a lower branch off...wish I could blame the buddlea stems in a vase inside now- they seemed too nice to chuck...

10/08/2014 at 20:48

Fishy,,I am indeed wiser....


10/08/2014 at 20:53

 Verdun *sigh* 

10/08/2014 at 20:54

Yes this must be the worst time of year to get high winds, when everything is in full leaf.  Sadly it is out of our control, we'll just have to pick up the pieces tomorrow. 

10/08/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, Fishy: good luck with your 'bonsaied' buddlea! [plenty of cuttings materials there, no doubt!]. The multi-caned outdoor tomatoes have fared rather better than my italicised single cordons.

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