Autumn Storms

We had our first proper Autumn storm this weekend, with the arrival of Storm ‘Alex’. It started raining overnight on Thursday and didn’t stop until Sunday lunchtime.

This was tiresomely reminiscent of last Autumn and Winter, which was remarkably wet, culminating in our local town, Tenbury Wells, being flooded at the beginning of March.

We’re lucky that our house has never flooded and is significantly higher than the stream which runs past the house. But the very wet weather is not without its problems. The stream does break its banks when the weather is particularly wild and this can cause damage to the track leading to the house. Flooding can also cause the weir to break, which holds back the water in the pool photographed above.

In the garden, waterlogging can cause the loss of plants and since we grow on heavy clay, this can be a particular problem. More problematic for us at least is that run-off from surrounding fields washes away top soil. Like many others, we also find that these increasingly common wet, mild winters, lead to an explosion in slug numbers.

The very wet winter was followed of course by an exceptionally dry Spring and early Summer. It seems that we must get used to this increasingly extreme weather and as gardeners, adapt as best we can.

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