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Last weeks storm counrty round up

Afternoon All

Thought I'd ask a general query to see how folk around the UK managed in last weeks storm.

I lost part of a sliver birch and the winter pansies and viola's took a beating due to the quick Artic blast and snow covering. I'm waiting for everything to dry our a bit, then I'll give them all a 'Chelsea Chop'. Not sure if I'll get my display make for the rest of the winter, but they might come good again in spring.

On a plus side, the buddleia buzz cuttings survived the first winter attack and all's well with the overwintering pelargonium in the cold GH.

How's everyone else? 



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    sticks all over the garden but nothing serious.  The wind was frightening at times but nothing big fell over and all buildings are intact.

    I fear those on the east coast have had a rough ride.  Some devastating wind and tides there 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Here in central Norfolk we've been fine - 10 minutes gathering up empty plastic pots was the worst of it.  My family members in 4 communities on the Suffolk coast have felt the impact - elderly parents in a care home on the Suffolk coast have been cared for by staff who stayed overnight and worked double and treble shifts because the small town has been cut off by floods - people living nearer the harbour were evacuated. 

    Son and daughter in law in another small community a mile inland were also cut off for a while by floodwater, but no damage done.

    We sometimes moan about the weather forecasting, but when we compare what happened last week with what happened in 1953 we should be grateful that we were forewarned and prepared. 

    My daughter's mother in law in Ipswich was fine, although the roads and waterfront near her home were flooded.

    My brother is a farmer - large areas of land that he farms have been inundated with salt water making it infertile for some years to come.  He is a big farmer and will survive this, but it may well have an impact on local employment and the price of vegetables in the shops in the future.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hi Dove, glad to hear everyone OK. I know Norfolk well and it can get really rough at times. Aberdeenshire in general had its far share of downed trees. You had to keep your wits about you driving in the dark, as there could have been a downed tree around the next bend.

    Right here on the North-East of Scotland coast we thought we were going to get more snow than we did, just a few cm.

    Very calm and mid today, it's been raining on and off. Hopefully we'll see some sun next week and dry out the garden.

  • The north coast of Norfolk has suffered badly, with Cromer pier being damaged and 5 homes and a lifeboat station being lost at Hemsby.  There are also concerns that a lot of seal pups may have been lost along near Blakeney and Wells.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    I can remember seeing the aftermath of the 53 floods from the train going to Hunstanton. A long way inland, acres of dead looking land with no crops.

    I was too young to appreciate how awful it was for those involved. I didn't know about the loss of life and livelihood til later

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nothing down this end in  the west. I visited Hunstanton  in the summer a lovely beach and I can see how Norfolk can flood so easily.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Sheffield had its share of trees and lorries (and in our case the office false ceiling) going over but it was nothing like those around the coast and higher up. A friend in Loughborough had a tree go through the house and my mother in South Leicestershire had to evacuate a garden centre as the roof collapsed. It seems very little of the country was affected in some way or another.

    If any of you were lacking in leaves this weekend to sweep up they're all in our garden! I've near filled the wheelie bin (three compost bins are already full).

    If anyone hears of ways to donate to residents / organisations badly affected by the recent weather please let me know. I realise its nothing like the Philippines have suffered but it would be nice to know there was still a bit of charity good will in those that are able to help our own country after managing to donate such an amazing amount for others.

  • 3 fence panels blew down and 3 weeks later waiting for the man to come back and finish ruined by rubble, also 2 massive dogs from next door getting in and leaving the biggest poos you've ever seen. painted the new fence panels, and my little westie managed to sit in green paint, even tho id put plastic not great.

    also the man doing the fences is my brother in law making it very awkard all around but I cant say anything as he is not charging for the labour.cant wait for it to be finished so I can put my wellies on and start the tidy up.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    Don't get me started on dog owners Claire - five times over a period of ten days or so. I know who it is as well....image 

    I sympathise hugely re the fence panels. If I was near you I'd come round and do them for you! My old bit of temporary fence and old rotten gate came down during the bad weather a few weeks ago so I've been doing running repairs ever since, but my new boundary fence is rock solid thank goodness! The weakest point was the galvanised latch on the new side gate which snapped in two image  

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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