Anyone for a paddle? No, not at the seaside but in my flooded garden. The grass is totally waterlogged, the paths are running as though they are a stream, the patio is underwater and I think I need an ark before I float away! The rain has been non stop for many nights now and during the day too, they say be careful what you wish for, there I was in April hoping for rain every day and now it has come, there is far too much of it!
The path which leads from the lawn to the shed by the field is underwater with it running madly down the slope.
The area to the left of the path was full of plants last summer and the previous 30 yrs or so. This area was also flooded all winter and most have died. My beautiful silver birch was the first to die, but I will keep it and see if I can grow a clematis up it, as long as I plant it higher up on the drier side. All the Hemerocallis have thrived in all the water and the roses seem very happy too, so it is not all doom and gloom, I will just have to do more research for plants that can cope with being flooded now and again and dry in the summer.
Azaleas are starting to open up, this one is Persil and she will turn more white as time goes by. Fantastic perfume which I appreciate from the swinging seat next to it.
Viburnum plicatum Maresii is now in flower and beginning to look really beautiful with her horizontal branches.
I like blue and yellow! Bluebells with Bowles Golden Grass, I think they go so well together.
The little pink Prunus on the rockery is covered in tiny double flowers. Such a pretty shrub and will be kept to 3 ft by a bit of judicious pruning after flowering.
Those are my six for this Saturday, I see the rain has stopped for now and the sun is shining, unfortunately this also means that all the weeds are popping up and needing my attention! Thank you to Jon The Propagator for hosting this each week, please pay him a visit to see lots more plants and gardens.
How distressing Pauline. If we could only get just the right amount of rain when we need it and save the rest for another time. Hope everything dries out quickly and thrives.
I keep hoping Susie but we had more rain overnight and it is still raining now.It will take while to dry out but hopefully I won’t lose any more plants.
Sorry to see so much rain. It’s tolerable for a day or two, but endless storms? Hopefully you can dry out again soon before things get out of control.
The garden still looks beautiful though! The bluebells and daffodils don’t seem to mind at all and your Bowle’s Golden grass looks so much better than mine ever did.
Most of the garden is very happy with all the rain Frank so I mustn’t grumble too much. It is still pouring down and I think it is going to last most of today according to our forecast.Maybe I should just build an ark!
What a sight Pauline….it seems there is no happy medium and the weeds do seem to thrive whatever the weather throws at them. Still despite that your shrubs are looking beautiful. The azalea is a lovely colour. And I can only second what Frank says, your Bowles golden is looking much better than mine!
It is amazing how much different weather the plants can cope with Denise, I know I’ve a lot of work to do sorting out my flooded area, maybe digging in masses of compost or leaf mould so the water passes through more quickly and then plants won’t drown the same. Still pouring with rain today, when will it stop!
We did need some rain, but enough now I say. That green grass is quite the bright spot at present.
I totally agree Noelle, it has rained all night and all day too, soon I won’t be able to get out of my back door! Some plants are loving it, I wish they all were!
Oh what a shame, Pauline, especially as you have already lost plants because of flooding. Here too we have had rain every day for a while, but mostly only very light
The flooding got even worse by the end of the weekend, but it does drain away eventually, thank goodness. It has rained all week but hopefully next week is going to be better.