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A North Wales Alpine Gardener's Diary

This entry: Flood report! - Entry 40

We begin to know how Noah felt!

The rainfall here over Christmas totalled 6" (140 mm) and it rained heavily and more-or-less continuously for 36 hours, accompanied most of the time by gale-force winds. This was, without doubt, the heaviest rain I have experienced in my 73 years, 40 of them spent in notoriously wet Wales. As a result roads flooded, blocked culverts overflowed and water appeared in quantity where we had never had it before. The alpine house was flooded and a new 'stream' appeared, running through my alpine frames, down the gravel path by the Mediterannean (!) bed, through the vegetable garden and down to the bootom lawn. Our back yard was also awash with a stream flowing through the coal shed - never seen before, Anyway, we were of course extremely fortunate compares with so many (including some in our village) whose houses were inundated; at least we were dry indoors. Apparently we have had 18" (450mm) so far in December with one and a half days still to go (its raining as I write). 

Despite all this, on the odd occasions when the rain has stopped I have managed to do quite a bit of clearing and tidying in the garden, much of it involving collecting and disposing of twigs and branches brough down in the storms - a fresh lot today after another very windy night with 60mph gusts.I have also been able to muster up some excitement by looking at the burgeoning clumps of various snowdrops, many of which will be in flower in a week or two. As soon as the New Year is underway my spirits, like those of most gardeners I know, begin to rise, awakening plants and lengthening days see to that!

A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

A new stream arises after record rainfall

Flooded alpine house Flooded coal shed

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