The Garden in May – Part 2

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When I posted my May garden update earlier this week I have to confess that I was a little bit disappointed in it’s progress and with the photos I’d managed to capture. I felt that it still wasn’t quite looking it’s best, and I was intending to head out in a few days time and try to capture some better shots. But fate had a bit of a slap around the face in store for me as a punishment for my ungratefulness, as later on that day I discovered water flooding into our garden, which quickly filled up the entire space, covering all of our plants with a layer of water.

In so many ways I recognise that compared to other victims of flooding, we are so lucky – it never showed any signs of flooding the house, which would have been disastrous. And it’s clean water – no sewage. But I have to admit that I was devastated. I’ve worked really hard to make the garden into our space – a place where we can relax with a glass of wine in the sunshine, a place where Max can potter around and play safely. I have tackled weeds, unwanted shrubs, mulched, set up raised beds, and planted hundreds of pounds worth of new plants to create the colourful space I wanted. We’d just spent hours raking the lawn, and fed it with lawn feed, as well as feeding the garden with Nematodes to tackle any slugs.

All of that work now looks to be wasted. Our raised bed was pretty much floating at one end, and half of the soil from it has washed away. The onions and potatoes that I was growing will have to be thrown away as a precaution (the water appears to be clean, but you never know), and as my planting preference is for more mediterranean style plants, I’m not hopeful about how well they’ll survive having been submerged for a day.

 

Garden flooding

 

The water has mostly now drained away – we just have a few pools now on the back lawn – and I’ve spent the last day or so reading about how to restore a garden after a flood. Apparently all hope is not lost, and many of the plants might be unaffected. But there is not much hope for lots of the drought resistant plants that I’d put in recently – Sea Holly, Echinops, Lavender; I don’t see any of those making it to be honest.

I feel like we’re back at square one. We’ll need to treat the soil with a good fertiliser to restore all the nutrients that have been washed away – there are lots of worms just floating about which have clearly drowned, so it’s going to take a long time for the soil to get back to normal.

But we’ve been here before. This time last year we had a big pit of rubble in the middle of the garden and the whole of the back section was an unruly mess. As things are drying out it’s not looking as bad as I’d first anticipated. We can do it – and it’s bound to take less time to recover than I think it will right now. I’m thinking of buying a few ready made borders as a quick fix to inject some life back into the garden, and perhaps it’ll give me a chance to rethink some of my design ideas.

Here’s to a summer of gardening work!

 

 

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29 Comments
  • Squished blueberries
    May 13, 2016

    Oh my goodness how annoying for you when you’ve worked so hard! I love how you are already trying to look on the bright side though and I’m sure it won’t be as bad as you first feared and will be looking beautiful again soon enough xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 13, 2016

      Thanks Louise – it is looking better than I’d expected which has given me a bit of a boost! I’m sure this time next year it’ll be looking great – just a lot of hard work ahead to get there.

  • Elsie Pop
    May 13, 2016

    So devastating for your lovely garden. Here’s hoping it’s back to its best soon and we’re drinking aperol spritz on the patio again! xx

  • Kim Carberry
    May 13, 2016

    Oh no! That is terrible….It must be so frustrating after you have worked so hard!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 13, 2016

      Thanks Kim – it’s just when it was starting to all come together. But it was in a terrible state last year, so if we did it once we can do it again 🙂

  • Lins BooandMaddie
    May 13, 2016

    Oh gosh, I’d seen you talking about this on Twitter the other day but didn’t realise the extent of it. How frustrating!! But I’ve said and keep saying that home ownership is definitely sent to test us to the very limits. Despite the water, it’s a beautiful garden X #PoCoLo

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 14, 2016

      Thanks – it did get much worse after that twitter pic! Thankfully it has all gone now and the damage so far doesn’t look quite as bad as I’d feared. Hoping that we can recover lots of it and it’ll be a beautiful (dry!) garden again.

  • Amy Eleanor
    May 14, 2016

    Oh that is such a shame, after all that hard work! Well done for keeping in a positive frame of mind though.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 14, 2016

      Thanks Amy – I think positive is the only way to move forward with things! And it’s really looking like it’s not as bad as it could have been.

  • Merlinda Little
    May 15, 2016

    In the Philippines theres always flood and the worst ones involves flashflooding. After which you are given a task to clean which is hard. You will see the properties lost. But what I have learned is that you were also given days to clean it. No one got hurt in your family and all of you can support and help each other with the clearing. I know its not the same but I think that you have that right attitude already in tackling this. Slowly but steady. You will get there in the end. Sending you hugs. #pocolo

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 16, 2016

      Thanks Merlinda – I think we’re really lucky that it never showed signs of entering the house. I have so much sympathy for anyone affected by flooding – water damages everything, and it all happens so quickly. The water disappeared so quickly that we’re really lucky, it looks like there really won’t be much damage. And my parents kindly came over yesterday to help with the clear up – we’re starting to get there.

  • My Petit Canard
    May 15, 2016

    Aww what a shame! After all that hard work and dedication in getting your garden to how you wanted it you’re having to start all over again! Frustrating and upsetting I can image but hopefully there is a silver lining in there somewhere.. like you said, pershaps an opportunity to rethink or approach it slightly differently this time around? It’ll be nice to see and hear how you get it back to what you want it too look like over time 🙂 Emily #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 16, 2016

      Thanks Emily – yes, I think there are definitely some areas where I want to rethink the planting, and this is a good opportunity to do that I think! It’s all drying out now and really looking pretty good all things considered!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    May 17, 2016

    Oh no – boo 🙁 Poor you guys! After how pretty it looked. Hope it is better soon xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks Jess – all things considered, it’s actually looking pretty good! You’d never guess it was under water this time last week. But I guess it’ll become obvious over the next few weeks which plants aren’t going to make it.

  • Stephanie Robinson
    May 17, 2016

    Oh hunny, hope it dries out very soon and you have somewhere to sit and drink wine again. I’ve a feeling you might be needing a glass or two. Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks Stephanie – a glass or two may have been consumed! Really it’s not actually looking too bad – I’ll lose some plants, but it’s looking like an awful lot will make it through unscathed.

  • Toarizonaandbeyond
    May 18, 2016

    Oh no, how frustrating! I hope you get it back to how you want it for summer. #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks so much – me too! A few hard weekend’s work and I reckon we’ll be there – it’s not as bad as I’d feared.

  • sarah Lea
    May 18, 2016

    Goodness, that’s awful, I hope it dries out soon and you get your garden back in time for Summer. I’m so sorry. #KCACOL

  • Rachel Bustin
    May 18, 2016

    OH thats awful! Hopefully some sun will dry it up! xx
    #KCACOLS

  • The_tale_of_mummyhood
    May 18, 2016

    So sorry this has happened to you, its really awful especially after the work you have put into your garden. I hope its soon back to normal so you can back to using your garden as a space to relax!
    #KCACOLS

  • A Moment With Franca
    May 21, 2016

    Oh no Katy!! I’m so sorry to see this!! What a bad luck!! I’m actually impressed of how optimistic you sound which is the correct attitude going forward. I’m sure it will look amazing and you will feel happy with the result this time. Wish you all the luck to this new project! Hopefully we have more sun again! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Thanks a lot for all your commenting. It is amazing. You are the best! I would love to see you again this week!! 🙂 x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 25, 2016

      Thanks Franca – I think optimistic is the only way to move forward! We’ve been really lucky with the sun – it’s dried everything out really quickly, and amazingly it’s now looking better than it did before! A few plants have had to go, but at the time I thought it would be the whole garden ruined! Thanks for hosting – I love your linky, so much support!

  • Morgan Prince
    May 22, 2016

    Oh goodness! I’m so sorry that happened! I hope you manage to get your garden looking good again soon. xx Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo. x

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