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In the 17th c. there used to be 2 windmills in this road.


People grew and harvested their Corn, made their own bread. (My Gt.Grandma made her own butter.! )
I am muttering because my bamboo fencing (decorative
feature) has all blown off the wire netting again over this long wet weed producing winter. More stronger wire this time to fix it on again is a pain to thread on out there in the cold. Must do it twice, include a tie lower down.
These winds are always going to be blowing from the North and West.
Have noticed my collection of Grasses are unaffected by them. Buddleias, Broom, overwinter Onions, Leeks,
Thrift (that famous sea shore plant) Fodder Radish green manure, all seem unaffected by the all night blast from the West.
Also various shrubs, and lawn grass.
I must not be tempted by pretty pictures. Flowering borders are not for me. Everything chosen must be
more carefully thought about before parting with the cash, and tough enough to survive.

In other words, wind proof. Suggested species welcome.

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Geranium sanguinium is pretty windproof and it disappears in winter when the strongest winds are blowing. Hellebores, surprisingy, and nepeta are ok and hardy fuchsias survive high winds here - Dollar Princess is particularly hardy. And for springtime the primroses seem to stand up to anything.

25 Apr, 2016


I forgot to mention I have Lavender, Marsh Marigolds,
and Primroses. My Hellebores are ok but look battered. I
have given them a feed. My rock plants look dead. Shouldnt be like that. May recover when it finally warms up. Will make a note of Nepeta and
Hardy Fuchsias to keep in mind when I go to the garden centre. Thanks Stera.

25 Apr, 2016


On our windy hill I go for bone hardy plants, as we've got older more is down to grass .....and trees......mostly native and thrive

Some hardy perennials in pots work ok, nothing tender...hardy geraniums are happy, primula love it and self seed with gusto

I bought campanula and they turned up their toes very quickly......some from a Goy friend loves it here hardy stock I think ☺
The RHS plant encyclopedia have symbols at the side of the photo.....❄❄❄ three snowflakes are what
I look for
As Diane suggests grow what likes your situation for success

26 Apr, 2016


Just had another thought - if you Google "Plants for windy sites" you'll find lots of other suggestions.

26 Apr, 2016


It is so true how important it is to plant the things that survive best in the conditions we have to live with. It takes a long time to know what those are, though, doesn't it? And to accept that some things will never "go". When I started gardening, I dreamed of hollyhocks, delphiniums and lupins. Oh, how happy the snails were!

26 Apr, 2016


Melchi did you know there are now dwarf hollyhocks?

26 Apr, 2016


I find its best to take a list to the garden centre. Know then what to avoid, and save money.
The Nepeta (catmint) would not work on my garden. I have to buy disinfectant sprays to deter next door's Tom from using my raised beds as a toilet.

27 Apr, 2016


I have an old wire hanging basket inverted over the top or mine (the Nepeta not the cat...)

28 Apr, 2016


Either would work, I imagine...!

I didn't know about dwarf hollyhocks, Stera. They sound rather nice I shall keep an eye out for them. Perhaps they would grow in a container. I find snail-food easier to preserve in containers!

29 Apr, 2016


Never imagined using the basket for the cat -now there's a thought..
I had a dwarf hollyhock as part of an end of season bargain pack. It flowered two years so am not expecting it back again. I'd never heard of them before that.

29 Apr, 2016

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