Having got back home on Wednesday evening we were fortunate not to have been travelling in yesterday’s wind, which seemed to hit all the UK in varying degrees. Our garden is fairly sheltered and although we had very strong gusts during the morning the wind’s strength will have been nothing like that seen in many other parts of the country and which caused disruption, damage and flooding. It did, however, strip all the beautiful leaves from next door’s beech tree and most of the flimsy field maple leaves and those on the wild plums – and the parottia too, before any real colour change could take hold. The direction of the wind very much affected where the leaves ended up – from the house we could see a thick layer of mixed leaves spread over the Tai Chi grass, the paved area and the species snowdrop border (below, top), whilst that part of the garden on a north-south axis looked neat and tidy, with leaves swept neatly into the corners (below, bottom):
Before we left for our Anglesey trip I had pencilled a reminder for our return – to make a ‘map’ of the species snowdrop border so it would be easier to observe what was coming up and where. Having drawn a plan roughly to scale I began to brush the leaves off the border (in front of the white picket fence above) and plot the snowdrops’ positions, eventually having to refer to the list of what there should be. In the end I removed as many of the leaves as possible but still it was hard to find them all; fortunately they are all planted in ‘pond planter’ baskets so even if they have lost a label there is now other evidence. There are some ‘unknowns’ from when this wasn’t the case which hopefully can be identified when they flower and may be ones presumed lost and since replaced. Barely half the snowdrops flowered this year (and those that did flower did so poorly), some because they were too new and some because they had been disturbed the previous year, so I am hoping for better things in 2014 and knowing exactly where to find them all I feel better prepared!