Posted: 02/02/2013 at 20:47
Here in South Wales, we have mild, wet weather. In my small, walled grden, I can grow quite tender plants but the waterlogged ground means that some things rot in the ground and the wind does not dry up the ground. It would be a very sunny garden except that we get so much cloud and rain! 2012 was terrible, here as everywhere else, but there is always a lot of rain. Rose black spot is a severe problem.
We have dealt with the rain problem by building a large pergola with sheets of plastic nailed to the top, so that we can get into the garden in warm,wet weather. Plants that like moisture are lush and green, but sun-lovers struggle. Wales is a breattiful place with ever-changing scenery, from the coastal plain and beaches to the lower hills of the south and the rugged mountains of the north, but sometimes I think that the only way to really enjoy the garden would be to put a roof over it all!