Oh god. I feel so bad for you all. Especially Hostafan. I went away for xmas first time in yrs. From East ayrshire (about 6 miles inland ) and my garden is very exposed and windy. (Good in the respect of midgies!). My Gh was second and from a friend, and my dream. It's first full yr. I went backto NW England and there were really bad gales so I was panicking as I was overwintering 20 odd experimental twisted stem fuchsias that took lots of research and work. I wanted to call my neighbour, but then thought, 'well, what could I do, plants dead, enjoy xmas then worry.' We often get terrible weather. When I got home, fences where down everywhere and a cottage 300 yrds windward had it,s whole roof removed on xmas day. They are still repairing as weather has been too bad for roofers to be safe. The family are living under tarpaulins (albeit specialist ones).
My greenhouse was still up, with one pane split but still there, but the door had blown open. No plant loss. It is bolted to old sleepers and is mostly old horticultural glass, with the back in twin wall poly. My neighbour warned me about the wind as he had lost two gh years ago, so I used silicone to within an inch of its life! It got only one cracked pane, which is still in place. However, I believe that the weather patterns have changed dramatically, even since I moved here 8 yrs ago. We still have lots of rain nd wind, but whilst it used to be more extreme here 20 yrs ago, it has altered significantly. I have had a tan, planted out and sown seeds in early march for the last 3 yrs. 2012 was wet after that, but 2013 was just declared the best summer for the whole of the country. My partner came to visit this wk, and justcescapedvthe storm warnings in NWEngland, to come to our usual wet, windy climate, and that really showed up the difference. Although fences have come down, they were old and rotten. Old ghsare still undamaged or only slightly, but 'gentler' parts of the country have been hit harder than the Highlands and Islands that usually get hit worst. And it is getting worse. How can the weather be so much worse down south? In Scotland, few people have ever lost theirlivelihoods due to weather, but many have lost houses, and work down south this yr. Whole farms. What is happening? It is really scary. I feel for all of you, and others, and pray that this abnormal weather will cease soon. Apparently, the most rainfall in 6 mths than previously recorded for a whole yr, in 250 yrs. Rain rain, go away. Come again another day.