After the storm

It’s a maybe gardening day today, blowing a mild gale (Force 7 about 35 mph), a little on the chilly side at 6°C with the threat of rain so the domestic chores win. However, I might just sneak out down to the polytunnel to water the seeds and give my tomatoes some encouragement. I’m determined to do better with the tomatoes this year so each plant is being personally supervised – daily health checks and a controlled diet!
We had a be careful what you ask for storm at the weekend, I’d been musing about needing some rain and so I got it by the bath full with a stiff breeze thrown in for good measure. So if you want to know what happens to plants when hit by 70 mph winds for 24 hours:

Garlic and shallots
Garlic and shallots

Allium cowanii

The aquilegias are on the critical list, the young knifophias have multiple amputations and most of the geraniums have second degree burns but should pull through.
According to Dr Johnson “a balanced life requires a man to be a serious and devout scholar in his study, and a lively and amusing companion when at large in society, getting the best of both worlds”. So I try not to jump up and down and shake my fist at the wind gods, burst into tears and declare my life to be ruined or shut myself in the shed with a bottle of gin and application forms to emigrate to Australia or anywhere with sunshine.
So to all the gardener’s who are experiencing a cold spring complete with rain, hail snow or drought – take heart you could be living in the Outer Hebrides where it is always like this and your garden will recover, mine always does.

Survival of the fittest

Now where did I put that book on gardening in the Bahamas?