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Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 123
Morning all 

So first year of planting and starting to learn a few lessons. Didn’t put in any supports to some of my perennials and they have taken a battering after yesterday’s heavy rain. I will put that right next year but in the meantime what’s your thoughts on the plants that have flopped? 

Is there any saving or are they going to struggle to make it back, specifically yesterday it was the agastache that took a battering. 


  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 288
    They should recover to a certain extent. Wait till it’s dryer and see what happens. You will find that a lot of the gardening ‘thing’ is wait and see 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,479
    Giving them a gentle shake after the rain often helps them to perk up again. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517
    You could try giving your plants a very gentle shake to reduce some of the weight of the water.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 123
    Cheers for the heads up. Will get shaking today and hopefully next weeks better weather helps with a little recovery. Have just ordered some supports ready for next year! 
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,498
    I'm definitely a shaker as well ;)

    I'd put in supports to a point - they've been outgrown :o I've been trimming off anything that has snapped (to reduce the weight as much as anything else), shaken off the rest and upgraded the supports. I'm anticipating a full recovery :)
  • It's been a terrible year here, first we had the wettest winter for 100 years which caused everything to grow so lush, then we have been bombarded with rain and wind all year so very little is looking it's best. I've staked some but it's a year to forget really. 
    There's a chap I follow that won't plant anything that flops in his garden and it always looks perfect and even he has suffered with flopped over plants this year due to the weather. 
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 288
    It’ll all come good ……panic ye not 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 1,027
    That's interesting @thevictorianzFH0qqPW, I've banned plants which flop from my garden too - with the exception of ornamental grasses which can flop when in flower at this time of year.  I've found it better to let them recover naturally - shaking can sometimes break brittle stems!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,382
    In wet windy areas, you learn very quickly about supports for planting.  :)
    Other plants make the best supports - especially shrubs. Other than that, prunings from shrubs or trees are good, as they're less visible, or you can make a feature of them by using some of the more ornamental steel/iron ones.

    I use some of these, especially for peonies and the later perennials
    Getting them in early is key though.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,341
    One of the arts I have never fully mastered, despite many years of gardening, is to stop some staked plants looking like trussed up chickens.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
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