Storm Damage


Begonias and lobelia in hanging basket on dead snake bark maple
Planting on dead Snake Bark Maple -solanum, begonias, petunias

This scene has featured in a number of posts over the years. The snake bark maple died in 2015, and has since been home to hanging baskets and climbing plants watched over by a wicker owl.

Sadly the avian guardian could not protect the living monument from last night’s severe winds.

The tree, complete with adornments, lay across the Brick Path this morning. Crashing down along the West Bed have come beams bearing a clematis Montana now lying along the West Bed. Fortunately, the blue solanum has a stout stem which looks to be intact.

This pot containing a red hydrangea had stood on the ground beside the Oval Path across which it now lies.

The rose Summer Wine has been freed from its moorings at the entrance to the Rose Garden, and will need a new set of stays.

Although much calmer this morning, winds have picked up again during the day, preventing any possibility of sensible recovery work. No real harm appears to have been inflicted.

Elizabeth was out this evening, so Jackie and I finished her delicious Pilley Celebration Chicken dish with Jackie’s special savoury rice and tender green beans. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Fleurie.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

72 thoughts on “Storm Damage

  1. Oh, I’m so sorry. You say no real damage, but that looks like a lot of work. I do hope all the plants survive the tumult. It’s good it’s not the heat of the summer, anyway. Perhaps gentler temps. will help the healing process.

  2. UK folk seem to be staggering from extreme weather event to the next, Derrick. I hope there are now calm times ahead.

  3. My initial giggle of joy at seeing the owl in his tree quickly became an ‘Oh no!’ of horror as I read he has lost his home. Is he himself alright? Did he survive unscathed? I see no sign of him amongst the wreckage so am hopeful – but concerned. Those winds must have been strong to overturn already grounded pots of plants. I hope the winds become calmer soon Derrick and there isn’t too much repair work to carry out. xo

  4. I heard that Ireland was hit by a big storm. Looks like it made it’s way farther east. We’ve just experienced some very high winds but everything is still in it’s place. More to come later this evening. Walking was a bit scary. I tried to steer clear of large tree limbs. Hopefully you’ll be able to clear up the damage quickly and pray that you won’t see any more for a long time to come.

  5. Sorry to hear this, Derrick. Storms certainly have a mind of their own, don’t they. We had quite a bit of water damage from Hurricane Florida. The ceiling over our bay window was like a water fall…waiting on the insurance adjuster to pay us a visit.

  6. It is saddening to see the petite tree prostrated like that. The owl looks spooky: it gives me a feeling it is somehow communicating with the aliens somewhere out there. Perhaps, aliens get to read your blog as relayed by the owl?

  7. So sorry to hear about the tree and other wind damage. 😦 Wind and storms are so powerful and do their own thing. 😦
    I love the owl! I’ve always been fascinated by owls. We get them in our trees in the summer and they who-who at me! πŸ˜€
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. I hate it when trees come down. We have branches littering the place but I haven’t ventured into the wood yet. It’s been pouring with rain all day here today 😦

  9. Sorry to read about the damage that the storm did to your garden Derrick. Storms can cause havoc, we lost a huge pine tree last winter in the garden. It is not a pleasant feeling. Wish you the best with the clearing up.

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