It is a fact of geography and climate that when the weather is foul in England it is often wonderful in the Western Isles. Since that last gale in early May we’ve had virtually no rain and day after day of sunshine. With a north-easterly air flow it has been a little on the chilly side, arid and very sunny. Typical summer weather in the Outer Hebrides. It is a myth that our summers are wet, cold and windy – well not all the time.
So for all the gardeners on the big island who are having to cope with summer gales and torrential rain this blog is for you. Your garden will recover, it might need a period of intensive care and even some new planting, so have a rant and a moan and be encouraged by the way my garden recovered from 70 mph winds in less than a month.
The vegetable garden is more exposed and catches the full force of the wind. The garlic and shallots which were shredded and ragged have now made a full recovery and the rhubarb bed resembles a colony of triffids.