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Preparing for Storm Hector

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Perhaps the powers above don’t want me to open my garden for charity!! The first two Open Days we had terrible weather, the worst we’ve had since the start of May. The first Monday we had 7 visitors and this Monday we had 2! And while I was doing the baking for the (almost non-existent) visitors on Sunday, the Oven thermostat went, burning my chocolate fudge cake! Then, we got the dire forecast of Storm Hector approaching..the worst wind and rain in June for 10 years they say. Lol…I am almost hysterical by now as I actually have a Bus Tour booked in for next Monday..up to 30 people.

So, yesterday and today I have moved every pot indoors that can be moved. The Pod and Greenhouse are packed full of plants.

Outside, we have used all our fleece, plus two more rolls, all our canes plus two more packs, a whole big ball of twine and a packet of mesh in an attempt to save the roses, irises and other lovelies from being whipped away.

The trees and shrubs will have to take their chance, although I have staked the Pineapple Broom which is laden with foliage and flower buds. As of course, is everything at this time of year.

I brought in some flowering stems of Yellow Friendship Alstroemeria as refugees…

The storm is due to hit us at 1am, and will rage on until 8pm on Thursday. Winds up to 60mph and very heavy rain.

Well, we’ve done everything we can. There’s only one thing for it now…….

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I hope the charity which benefits from your opening is one that will ultimately help you, stress relief? Mental anguish? I really feel for you. A.A. Not so anonymous!

13 Jun, 2018

 

Lol! I think Scott has reached the end of his tether...doubt we will open next year!

13 Jun, 2018

 

Just seen your weather forecast....I think you said your roses are still in bud? Could be an advantage, K..... What a shame it's certainly been against you.

13 Jun, 2018

 

Most of them are thank heavens Julia!

13 Jun, 2018

 

Oh my word Karen, what a lot of hard work you have done to protect the plants from the elements. Michael has a cousin living in Livingston and she's so fed up with the weather in Scotland she's considering moving elsewhere!

Well, she did live in Zimbabwe for years so you can imagine how she feels ...

13 Jun, 2018

 

Oh Karen! I love your sense of humour in all that anguish. It really is mean of the weather. It is so odd these days, or is that my imagination.

You've done all that can be done and you deserve some good fortune.

(That wine is one of my favourites!)

13 Jun, 2018

 

As if you haven't worked hard enough already! What a blow and what a worry.

I hope that it won't be as bad as the forecast predicts for you. Let us know how you get on, especially when that coach arrives.

Fingers crossed for you.
x

13 Jun, 2018

 

Batten down & hunker down. I hope Hector fizzles.

13 Jun, 2018

 

Poor you, all that work, as if you haven't got enough to do! It would be awful any other year but it had to be now didn't it. You can really do without the added pressure.
Let us know about the storm, I was up at 5.40am as the wind was so disturbing, the sky is a weird colour, but no rain.
When I try and protect plants, I usually end up doing more damage.
Fingers crossed for you x

14 Jun, 2018

 

Well, it is 8.30 Thursday morning. It is still windy. The trees in the outer ring of the garden are swinging about, but the garden looks not too bad. I will wait an hour or two before I go out there. Flying slates!! Like you, Karen I moved lots of pots to sheltered places and did a lot of tying up of climbers. The rain has stopped, but I was glad of that as we have had no rain for the last month. I hope your garden is ok. I will check the site later today. Best wishes. Linda x

14 Jun, 2018

 

Morning Linda. I was amazed when I woke up and had slept right through the night. There was no sound of howling wind and no rain. We have gusty winds and it has rained a little bit. But so far the protections are all holding up very well. The worst of it should be from now until about 8pm this evening. Hopefully it won’t get any worse. The Tay Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles only. Its not nearly as bad as I feared. I hope I haven’t spoken too soon!

14 Jun, 2018

 

You are absolutely wonderful Karen. Deserve a Chelsea
Gold Medal.

14 Jun, 2018

 

Aw Diane...thank you! :) x

14 Jun, 2018

 

It is to be a bit calmer in the afternoon here. Still haven't been out but I hope the worst is passed. Glad you are holding up.

14 Jun, 2018

 

Im just trying not to look Linda! Off to get my hair done at 1pm, and then hopefully the worst will be over. My oven engineer isn’t phoning me back though.

14 Jun, 2018

 

Have you baking to do for Monday? A busload of people will eat a lot of cake.
It is still quite windy here. The veg plot has survived at Barbara's although I will go down this afternoon and check the bean supports.
Hope you get your oven back on track.

14 Jun, 2018

 

I have only admiration for you going to all that trouble to protect your plants. I hope that by now (1pm) the worst will be over and you can look forward to your visitors. Best of luck with the engineer too.

14 Jun, 2018

 

I agree with Honeysuckle, you've gone to great lengths to protect your plants.. Others may have buckled and thrown in the towel. I really hope it all improves for you. Not a great start to opening your garden, but what can you do when the circumstances are out of your control.

14 Jun, 2018

 

I think it is beginning to calm down a bit now...20mins to 3pm. The oven can’t be fixed before next Tuesday, so I’ll have to decamp with all my equipment and ingredients to Rachel’s house this weekend. I have one Banana loaf in the freezer, so if I make another four cakes that will be enough. I think I’ll do a couple of chocolatey fridge tray things to keep it easy. Had to cancel my hair appointment....couldn’t face driving in it. Especially after Scott saw a tree come down in front of him.

14 Jun, 2018

 

It is 4.18 and it is much calmer here. I have just blown the leaves off my lawns and paths and I am feeling back in control. Good luck with your weekend baking it sounds delicious. x

14 Jun, 2018

 

Karen. I am so sorry that all this been thrown up at you. Hope that you didn't get any damage and all will be well for your open day. Good luck x

15 Jun, 2018

 

Thanks Jen. I’ve finished unwrapping and unpacking the garden and am now planning the baking. Garden not too bad at all thanks :)

15 Jun, 2018

 

Oh blimey Karen, I was thinking about you and your open days, I saw a post on the GUK site from one of the members, was very upset seeing what the storm had done, like you he and his neighbours all had their open days coming up, I fully understand how your hubby is feeling, I know that I would be an absolute bag of nerves. ….

16 Jun, 2018

 

I'm glad Hector wasn't as bad he could have been. Some things are just beyond our control - like the mini tornado we had here a few weeks ago that took away my little nest of baby robins. I gave them a proper burial and mama is building a new nest and she stops by everyday for a cool bath and those delicious fat worms.

16 Jun, 2018

 

I wondered what had happened to my taller plants. they are all a bit battered. OH had said it had been a bit windy but as I was in Sardinia I didn't think much about it. we had a spectacular thunderstorm though.

I am sure all will turn out well for you.

19 Jun, 2018

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