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Am I ready for Brian???

20 October 2017 21:12:24

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I'm still trying to clear up after Ophelia and even with the help of Elizabeth we only got the arches dismantled ... then we had a monsoon day yesterday ....Then they started putting out more storm warnings and I was on my own today so I desperately wrapped the greenhouse in baling plastic and reused some of the stuff from the arches to try and hold the plastic in place - so all fingers crossed - I really would like to have enough of the greenhouse left to repair when I can get some help!

I also have some very tasty cut-and-come-again lettuce that I'm trying to protect ....

Oh and I took a photo of the Tetrapanax that is my "makes me smile" plant - and today it did make me smile - well, until the monsoon returned! Just as well its dark now and i can't see if the greenhouse is surviving !!!!!

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Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:16:45

No Hazel the question is is brian ready for you!!!! Ihave never thought of tetrapanex as a smile plant but as I have three Im going to remember!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:16:47

No Hazel the question is is brian ready for you!!!! Ihave never thought of tetrapanex as a smile plant but as I have three Im going to remember!

Dick Dick 20 October 2017 22:24:06

Hazel, I don't think this part of the country will be affected by storm Brian. Early on, I cancelled some voluntary work but later the forecast seemed to be less harmful. I felt sorry for the damage done in your garden although I had thought that Co. Laois would be safe. Well, done in the temporary work done on your greenhouse. One thing certain is that Brian or no Brian, there will be no brine in your or my area unlike the maritime areas.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 20 October 2017 23:01:05

Don't over worry . I believe Dick is correct . We will

escape the worst of the windy Brian . Wet we may get 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 October 2017 23:51:27

Yes, I was feeling ok until I saw the forecast showing the eye of the storm ploughing right across the country! Its not very reassuring when they say the winds won't be as bad as Ophelia "only 130 km gusts" !!!! There has been a really strong wind with lots of rain here since about 4 pm. My house is very exposed so the winds tend to strengthen here.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 October 2017 07:33:09

It looks like we were spared once again in Dublin. You're well-prepared anyway, Hazel. Hopefully it'll be enough.

JoanG JoanG 21 October 2017 10:22:53

Fingers crossed for you Hazel; you have enough damage to be dealing with from Ophelia. Your preparations look impressive!

Fleurette Fleurette 21 October 2017 14:31:16

Your tetrapanax is magnificent, Hazel. 

I can smile, and say that we did not suffer unduly from Ophelia, and we are hopelful that  the south will wear out Brian.  But I do feel for you all having so much damge.  It can be heartbreaking.  .... and costly.  

fraoch fraoch 21 October 2017 20:35:25

Hope you don't suffer too much, Hazel.

Dick Dick 21 October 2017 22:17:09

Hazel, there was no damage done in my garden by Ophelia. However Brian did a little bit as regards the back garden but on Monday I should put it right.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 October 2017 00:18:34

That's the trouble, isn't it Dick? We are just trying to sort out one storm when another hits!

So far so good on the greenhouse!

Jackie Jackie 23 October 2017 07:51:45

Glad to read all is well again. We definitely were very lucky. I lost some fronds off the tree fern and a few plants, Ricinus and the like, got a bit battered but all good. Everything was jammed inside the greenhouse and shed since Ophelia so no real damage. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 October 2017 19:54:01

I actually had more broken trees after Brian than Ophelia! My lovely Robinia hispida Macrophylla which was a wedding present from my daughter broke quite near the base so I am not optimistic that it will regrow!

Fleurette Fleurette 24 October 2017 00:10:13

Ooh, Hazel,  that is awful.  Your beautiful Robinia that holds such lovely memories.  A real double loss.  I am so sorry to hear that.

Again, I have to tell you that mercifully, and unusually, neither Ophelia nor Brian affected us wind- wise. It is the rain.  We are absolutely sodden and have been for months now.  I did practically no gardening during October and there has been so much growth, that I could not find my own oil tank and today had to use the heavy loppers to clear the way for the oil man.   


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