Oh the rain.

Oh the rain.

After all the work we put in to make our gardens grow, how heartwrenching its been over the last few weeks to look out onto all your beatiful tall foxgloves and delphiniums, knocked flat by the wind and rain. sweet peas cant get in the swing, roses ball up and the slugs and snails are having a hoolie! The best solution to bending and breaking is always prevention not cure. Dashing about outside in the storm hurriedly pushing in bamboos next to your burgeoning dahlias with an all encompassing loop of string around the lot, rarely works well.

For dahlias and other fast growing bushy plants I use pea sticks. Twiggy bits of hazel pushed into the ground all around your plant will give great support whichever way the wind blows. whilst they may look a bit untidy at first, they will soon disappear into the foliage, and are far less detectable to the eye than straight bamboos. Single tall blooms like delphiniums or foxgloves are best served by a shorter stick pushed in the ground right next to each flower stalk and tightly tied. Oh, a little tip for planting out tall plants. if your treasured plant, fresh from the garden centre or coldframe comes to the flower bed with a stick support in the pot, remove it before tipping the pot up. If you leave it in, the stick will loosen or catch on something and break the stem it was supporting. Best remove it before planting and then replace it after.