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Adverse weather conditions

Is anyone else having a battle with their garden at the moment?
First we had the floods and although my garden wasn’t underwater it was sodden. Then we had the gales which damaged my Cistus and Nandia domestica and brought down a few tree branches. This was followed by a very warm spell when my roses were suddenly invaded overnight by greenfly and now we have had several days of heavy frosts which have affected my tree peony and winter clematis even though I protected them fleece. So I’m tearing my hair out here!
is it the same where you are?

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    Could do with a drop of rain right now!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,565
    Same pattern here, Lyn. My warm spell was the whole of February. It’s often glorious here in Feb but this was was so warm everything, including Dahlias in the ground, started sprouting, only to be got by frosts. Its been cold, wet and horrible here for over a week, the odd few hours of sun, but pretty relentless rain otherwise. My little orange species tulips opened for a day or two but are now sulking and refusing to open, lots of frostbitten perennials, budding roses now also sulking. It can be very changeable here but I swear it’s getting more bonkers every year!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Nope. I learned a very long time ago that I can't have plants which don't work in my climate. Spring never arrives early here, so even when we get some warm days, it's important to wait. It often snows here in April, or we can have high winds, rain and sleet. 
    Doesn't stop me having a go with the odd thing, but I know what's going to work here. You have to accept that things which like light, free draining soil and lots of warmth just won't survive, and that even reasonably tough stuff might turn up its toes  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ‘ Right plant, right place’ Was that a Beth Chatto quote? Yes I quite agree Fairygirl but some of my beautiful plants I inherited. It wouldn’t have been my choosing but then sometimes it’s nice to experiment. 
    I also do believe the weather has become far more challenging than it ever was so I suppose I have to accept the changes.
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