SUBMARINE OR SWIMMING PLANTS!!!
Well, fingers crossed had absolutely NO effect on the weather, unfortunately. I had heard the rain in the night, and went straight out after breakfast with my mac on…yes, it was still pouring. This is the sight that met my eyes.
Not a very happy start to the day, but at least I could still see the top leaves of some of my new plants. Neighbours from down the lane called round to help fix the flood board to the doorway of the house next door and told us that the ford and lane were flooded. I looked over our stream wall and saw that the stream had burst its banks – the lowest level of our lawn was under water.
The paper didn’t arrive, nor did the postman. Well, they couldn’t exactly drive through the ford, could they? Or drive up any of the lanes to the village, come to that!
Our lane was indeed well and truly flooded! Henry was very puzzled as to why he couldn’t go for his walk – but all the lanes to the village were like this! The water came over the top of my wellies. Then I had another look over the wall above the bank. UH-OH! I see no plants? Where are they? And where have the wooden steps gone?
The water had been rising so fast – unbelievable! By now we were getting concerned for the house, let alone the stream bank. This is how near the top of the arch the water came by 12.30 p.m.
We were just putting our wellies back on to wade up the lane to see if everybody else around was OK, when back came our neighbours, who had been doing the same thing. What a surprise they had for me! They had discovered one of my Primula vialii down the lane (in the water) several hundred yards away! Big smiles all round!
I obviously don’t yet know the fate of all the other plants from the bank, but I strongly suspect that they have gone swimming off in the direction of Bristol. I suppose that it’s possible that some are submerged like a submarine, still anchored, but I am not hoping for too much. So when the water finally goes down (yes, it’s probable that more rain is on its way) I shall have to decide whether to have another go at planting – or to abandon the whole project and let the nettles and brambles take over….‘The village’ opinion on these floods is that it’s forty years since it was as bad. What would you do? I am not one to give up easily.
- 28 May, 2008
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