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26/10/2013 at 12:08


Given the weather forecast for Sunday (with galeforce winds), should I be doing anything to protect my plants?  I'm thinking of cutting down my roses (which are still blooming), but that's as far as I've got.  

Thanks for your help.

26/10/2013 at 12:28

I've moved pots into a sheltered corner and made sure garden furniture can't blow over and damage plants.  We're going to be away for the weekend, so the lid of the growhouse is wedged so that the plants get plenty of air but hopefully a strong wind won't blow the lid off .  I've not cut my roses back as our garden is quite sheltered, but if your roses are particularly exposed it might be an idea to reduce their height a bit to avoid windrock - what do others think?

If I had climbing or rambling roses on the house or on fences I'd make sure they are well tied in to prevent them whipping about and causing damage or even a danger to anyone passing by. 

26/10/2013 at 12:42

Yes Dove I agree,  and thats exactly what I planned to do today!  Except its chucking it down at the mo, I just hope it stops soon to give me a chance!!

26/10/2013 at 19:46

Thanks so much!  I'll have to get out tomorrow morning to cut back my roses, and as you suggest, Dove, I should also move the garden furniture and pots to a sheltered spot.  I meant to do the roses today but got distracted by harvesting apples -- I also felt reluctant to cut the rose blooms off as they still look so pretty!

26/10/2013 at 19:52

have left most of my roses, but made sure that the climbers/ramblers are well tied in.

I have moved tall plants and my Olives into the GH, I have left out my Bay, which is in a long tom type pot, but that is because I am unsure how healthy it is.

I have some young trees so I checked the tree ties and did move one further up the main stem.

I made sure any plants waiting to go into garden are in a protected area, but do have my doubts about that.

Moved garden furniture in if possible and keeping my fingers crossed big time for anything else

26/10/2013 at 20:03

my sycamores got most of its leafs and its on a slope ,could be a long couple  of nights  flask of coffee and box of cakes in porch . 

26/10/2013 at 20:19

couple of night archiepem? One will do me. I think it's from early Monday here.

26/10/2013 at 20:25

Didn't say - have brought my wind up radio in from GH in case electricity goes because of cables

26/10/2013 at 20:26

The way they have been going on about it has got everyone so worried.  Let's hope it won't be as bad as they say and we all keep safe.

26/10/2013 at 21:12

I'm hoping they are just covering themselves after Michal Fish got it so wrong in 87. Forgot to get batteries today for torches!  And they have ran out so hope we don't get a power cut! Have got candles tho.

26/10/2013 at 21:17

Hope you have something to light your candles SGL 

26/10/2013 at 21:19

ive got 4 candles

26/10/2013 at 22:25

Very good archie - ha ha 

27/10/2013 at 14:20

I'm away from home and didn't take the pots off the gateeposts so really afraid that they will blow off . It will be horrible going home and finding things damaged

27/10/2013 at 14:23

Potty - have you a neighbour you could ring??

27/10/2013 at 14:25

Good idea- thank you Chicky

27/10/2013 at 16:03

removed all pots to shed and put away anything likely to fly away in.

27/10/2013 at 16:19

some of my trees are nearly bare after today and they hadn't changed colour yet. and we've still got the storm to come

27/10/2013 at 17:27

It's coming folks - quite wild outside now. 

27/10/2013 at 17:37

My cable cable connection went earlier and we had hailstones. There's more just now. Went out to get a couple of things and there's a lot of flooding round me. 

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