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Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:59

I think well done everyone. Those of us who keep our hearts outside in the garden get stressed enough without these things. Those of you who lost precious plants and trees - my sincere commiserations.

I'm ready for the autumn tidy up, if I can get out there, it's still a bit cold and windy.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 23:05

Oh dear Joyce, tell her not to try do anything, it's always a terrible temptation to try to move that little thing, or this little bit, and then make yourself worse in the process. I hope you will all feel better when the man has been to finish the clear up.

Lilly, I think the wind is definitely dropping with no sign of hitting the high speeds forecast. Good luck anyway.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 20:56

We are still OK up on the North Coast of Ireland. The electric hasn't gone off and the strategy of putting pots on their side has worked fine. One or two rose bushes had a bad battering, so I will remember to give them a quick prune next time. We have actually had worse winds in the last week than those so far, but the wind hasn't changed direction yet, so we will have to see.

Joyce21, very sorry to see that your daughters tree came down on the garden. Looks like it's made a terrible mess. We've had trees down in the garden before. At first it seems like the end of the garden, but things that have survived start appearing out from under the branches, and once it is all sawn up, sawdust gathered and taken away, or put somewhere for burning it will all seem much more like home again. Do you know someone with a chainsaw?

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 15:33

Pbff, Hostafan1 and all, about the red moon, I think it is dust generally lifted by the storm in the atmosphere.

It is noticeable from up here that when there has been flooding of rivers and berns the water appears red/brown in colour when the light shines upon it, sometimes for a mile or more out to sea. I imagine that it is the same effect, though water born. It has led to many myths and legends where in the sea, lakes, rivers, or the sky turn "blood red".

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 15:03

Same strange light this morning as other's have reported. I had time to go out and turn all the big pots on their sides. The blusters of wind came first (but I was in by then) and then the constant wind started about an hour ago. All the cats and dogs are indoors (including a barn cat, who is in the garage).

We also have some puddings ready to eat to calm us all down. I strongly recommend fruit cheesecakes and fruit crumbles for this invaluable purpose!

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 00:03

We do get gusts of 80 in the winter in normal storms, but it is the long and relentless winds that really rip the garden to shreds and do the worst damage, so we are hoping that the storm will pass over quickly.

We had over 100 mph in about 1997 or 1998, which actually blew the dog off her feet and up into the air as she was being brought home on a lead. Fortunately she wasn't injured (just very surprised). It will be a must to get the dogs and the cats in, and the windows and doors will be tightly shut. We often (several times in a winter) have the power cut off, and the telephones usually go too, but we have back up fuel.

Speaking from experience, the two biggest dangers if you go out are from falling branches and falling tiles. They are not talking rubbish when they say to stay indoors. Sometimes tiles shower down if a part of the roof goes. Roofs are designed so that they will land outside - not indoors. Best keep everyone in and tell them not to do any silly bravado stuff. It's best to do any clearing up after the storm has passed whatever has happened, be it trees on wires or greenhouses or whatever else.

Hope nobody needs this advice after all.

Storm Ophelia

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 21:12

I've started another thread to warn people again who don't know the storm is coming so they can fetch all their valuable pots in and such, but all the very best of luck anyway to everyone who is waiting for the winds to arrive.

The rhymes being put up here should either be published or banned - not sure which!

I'll just add a bit of the tree's perspective:

"...From the black chasm

Where shrieks and creaks rhyme

And cutting twigs encase

Tight, trapped in the many ringed

Trunk of time

To bend and squeak until

Ripped from this embrace..."

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 20:42

Hello everyone in Scotland, Ireland and the West of England and Wales. I hope you all get through the storm tomorrow with minimal plant damage.

We are up a mountain on the North coast of Ireland, so have been busy weighting things down and taking down structures that could blow away. I've just finished getting all my best plants indoors or under shelter.

You should still have time to move a few things during the morning before the wind gets fierce, maybe even early afternoon up North, if you haven't had time yet.

Good luck, and lets hope it's a storm in a teacup!

Bitter smelling plant invasion

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 14:59

Hello Onopordum, I've just looked at the Solanum dulcamara, but it says it has a climbing habit which these do not, and the berries aren’t nearly that big, are round and don't go red. It's habit is more like a nettle, straight upright stems in a big clump. Thank you anyway, I will keep looking - it is hard to describe things well first time when you don't have a camera working but I will know it when/if I see it - by process of elimination probably. So far, the Hairy Nightshade looks most similar. I suppose it could be a hybrid of two different kinds, especially since the Solanums seem to have been adapted for so many different purposes over thousands of years. A new hybrid or sub-species would be interesting - though not so welcome in with my vegetables.

Bitter smelling plant invasion

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 13:55

Yes, a bonus indeed. Sheep are far worse than woolly aphids in my vegetable garden!

From looking online, the plant may be a "Hairy Nightshade" (all these hair and wool things are making me sneeze) or perhaps"American Nightshade" - but it is not that easy to tell from the pictures online, and it says that the specie are very variable. No sources a mention the artichoke-like roots that seem a most distinctive feature.

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