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The wind is still very strong tonight in Bristol GWRS, It is going to be quite cold at the weekend so best to do what needs doing in the garden tomorrow.
Just before the rain started I managed to pick hellebores, hypericum, hebe, spirea and campanula and arranged them in the gloom to brighten up my kitchen.
I thought it expedient to come in after another hour's sweaty work as it has suddenly gone cold and windy and getting darker by the minute. And I am still trying to dry the wet clothes from my two consecutive days of getting drenched. I may treat myself to some flowers from the garden for the house later as it is lovely that they have survived Barney and Abigail.
My goodness I have worked up quite a sweat. It is like high summer out there - the green wheeliebin is nearly full up with eucalyptus bark that was peeled off by the storm and strewn everywhere. I have only done a tiny fraction of the paths but need an early coffee break with some of my cinnamon Welsh cakes i made yesterday! It is so good to have a change from digging out blackberry roots though!
Much calmer this morning and brighter with small ptches of blue sky here and there. A quick early morning safari retrieved the lighter ornaments that had been blown some distance and righted the pots some quite big that had been toppled. There is a massive amount of tidying to do. High winds forecast for this afternoon again so must get started. It feels very mild indeed out there.
Still very nasty out there Fruitcake. I have not heard any trees crashing as yet. It is supposed to die down about 10 tonight. I expect i will have a lot of tidying to do tomorrow at least. There will probably be half a wheeliebin of eucalyptus bark to pick up.
I have two freezers Pat - a chest one and a fridge-freezer. Needs must when I was catering for a family of nine. I have been out wedging plastic pots up against heavier terra cotta ones and putting anything that might blow away into the back part of the garage where our boat used to be in the winter. Rain is constant now and it is dark as night and getting windier. Barney seems to be on the way to Bristol.
Rain has started in Bristol so gave up picking up Bramleys. Average weight is 12oz but the one on the top is a full pound.
Yes with such troublesome conditions your tulips would be safer in pots out of the ground. Good flowering size bulbs will flower I find if planted up to Xmas. A layer of grit or chipped bark on top stops them being waterlogged usually. But in the lea of the house on pebbles or bricks or brought into a cold greenhouse or conservatory is better still
Yellow warning for Bristol as high winds expected from one o'clock till ten. So it is into my rain coat and out battening down the hatches this morning. Gales forecast for all over the country today so keep safe all you gardeners. Better off in work or at home today.