Imogen is the name of the latest storm to hit the UK, she came rushing across the Atlantic on Friday night and hit the west coast and dumped so much rain on top of us when she met land. Once again the west coast is flooded, the weekend had non stop rain for 2 days with accompanying gales. Going to the next town this morning, I had to make 2 detours because of fallen trees.
Not the ideal time for garden visiting, but yesterday was the only chance we would get as the garden is only open one other Sunday and I think the snowdrops would be over by then as they are a few weeks ahead of their usual flowering time.
We saw thousands of snowdrops and hundreds of hellebores. Because of the weather, all the snowdrops were tightly shut, so trying to see all the different varieties was impossible.
I would normally choose the best photos to show you, but as you will see, Imogen was against me!
But I noticed that the hellebore leaves hadn’t been removed, mind you it would be such a big job as she has so many.
This is when I had to change the batteries in the camera and I think Imogen sneaked into it via some raindrops, as the next dozen photos are missing.
Why this photo is here, we don’t know because the next dozen are missing too. But as soon as we turned the corner, it was Wow! Fantastic! We loved the willow walk with all it’s winter plants, unfortunately I can’t show you all the witch hazels and early rhododendrons along with hundreds of snowdrops, hellebores and cyclamen coum. I was really impressed with this bit of the garden and am wondering where I can put a willow hedge! After taking loads more photos that have vanished, it was time to come home, the rain was getting heavier all the time.
Coming home we saw that the River Clyst by the M5 has burst its banks again, swollen by all the rain, this is normally farmland.
These were the last photos I took, maybe the camera dried out on the way home, it’s all I can think of. I’ll get in touch with our son and see if he can work a miracle and restore the other photos, if so, I’ll do another post, if he can’t then we’ll have to go back next year! Imogen was certainly responsible for a lot this weekend!