We had a couple of hour' respite - but it's now raining again. Oriental poppies took a bit of a battering last night, but less harm than I had expected given the downpour. Goodness knows when I'll able to get out in the garden again, looking at the weather forecast. <sigh>
@ Rain - re the problem you have with cats, I've just been reading Amateur Gardening mag. and a reader has said that she drove any number of cats away with a black plastic Cat Repeller bought from Homebase. It runs on 2 x 9v batteries and works using a high pitched whine. I've no personal experience of the product, but when I read about it, I thought of you. I wonder if you would find it worth a look?