Storm Damage: Recovery

Storm Damage in our Garden

3 months after the storm

The story so far

Storm Damage!

Storm Damage: The repair

So this is a reminder of what greeted us back in February after the storms here. I had only just said to the other half how nicely things were coming on and how it looked like this year it was really going to shine. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t like how things were going so decided to squash the border with the help of the neighbours’ fence.

Fence fallen down after a storm
Looking up the garden – the border on the right was looking amazing the day before

 

Change – is it always for the best?

After waiting a few months for the neighbours to get the boundary reinstated (For a while it looked like our our temporary fix with a wooden post, some wire and removing the top row of bricks from the damaged wall was going to have to survive another winter) we were greeted by the following sight;

New fence
The bare wooden fence requires some green attention

Hmmm… remedial action needed. Not trusting the integrity of the replacement I decided not to attach supporting wires to the new fence – instead I’ve put posts and wires up. That boundary needs green!! My week of annual leave seemed the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time in the garden and really crack on with the repairs.

The fence posts went up (much to the relief of the climbing rose doing its best impression of ground cover).

Extra supports go in for the wire to be attached to
Extra supports go in for the wire to be attached to

 

The climbing rose tied in to the new wire supports
The climbing rose tied in to the new wire supports
A long view of the garden after the work is completed
A long view of the garden after the work is completed

Reinforcements assembled

Here’s a selection of new plants bought to fill the gaps. The landscaper took the view that in order to successfully put up the new fence he had to cut off everything in the border to 30cm from the ground and stand on everything else. So we had a few gaps. We’ve gone for a selection of white flowering plants from Hill House Nursery to bring some light into this part of the garden that tends to be shaded by the barn. There’s a jasmine, Geranium phaeum ‘alba’ and a white lupin. We also have put in a viburnum and a rambling white rose.

jasmine, Geranium phaeum 'alba' and a white lupin.
Jasmine, Geranium phaeum ‘alba’ and a white lupin.

Finished just as the sun goes down

This is the finished result. The box balls have been tidied, damaged and flattened plants have been either pruned or supported. The climbers are once again climbing. Although most of the roses are facing the fence at the moment but they’ll get themselves sorted in the end.

End of the day image
End of the day image

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