The Day After Yesterday and Four Years Later Too!

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The Day After Yesterday and Four Years Later Too!

Well despite severe amber weather warnings for this part of the Kent coast – how well did we fare after Storm Ciara? Truthfully, we did way better than other parts of the United Kingdom – whether that is because we live on a steep hill in so far as the rains and potential floods and sink holes or we are just lucky because of the massive wind breaking cliffs we have – who knows. We didn’t have flash floods – BUT that is not saying that at the bottom of the village on the coast side itself they didn’t suffer – they may well have. The Rising Sun pub is prone to serious flash flooding on account of it being right at the bottom of all the hills.

Suze has been into Deal today and along the coastal road we have no damage what so ever but some mighty bracing sea waves and even as l type this post we have more rains – not like yesterday’s viscious squalls and we have had sun today – l know, l was outside this morning tidying up after the storm. We still have winds but again NOTHING in comparison to yesterday’s gales. At the height here our wind speeds hit perhaps 70 miles an hour and by 8pm last night they were already at 40mph , whilst now perhaps 25-35mph – so nothing.

BUT other parts of the UK have not been so lucky at all. We lost electric a few times yesterday but for no longer than perhaps half an hour tops. I used to live not far from the video above and flooding was always bad for Wales in the mid 70’s but never like flooding is today.

So YES, we have been very lucky.

The garden took a very small amount of damage which l will display below, but again nothing too serious. Percy survived also, and our main feature image is indeed Percy sitting on the favourite branch overviewing the garden as he/she/they have done since 2016.

The images that follow are indeed those taken this morning before the rains displaying the ‘damage’ and also l have tried to take them in the same locations as the 2016 photographs were taken, so you can see the difference between the gardens from the yesterdays.

The garden is currently in the prepatory mode awaiting the start of the 2020 harvesting and growing season.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

The patio currently is serving as one of our holding areas for bagged products – in this case the Strulch Mulch] whilst l await the clearance behind the sheds of the pallets and then that is where all bagged content will live.

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Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

As l said yesterday in Shaking Tail Feathers in Yesterday’s Garden! the cactus is still in this area, but the other two palmlikes now live near the greenhouse. The stone ‘pew’ is now on top of the patio behind the Strulch. This is now our main container growing area for vegetables.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

The mound has since 2016 been cut back and undergone some garden surgery, removing unwanted and unrequired plants and bushes and ivy and weeds. It has taken me four years to get the mound into a decent and nice looking otherwise useless waste of space feature!

Sorry but it truly is a wasted space, but HEY – l can’t take it out! I might consider putting a small water feature there this year. The left side of the garden in 2016 was mostly barren whereas today it is prime growing space. The hazlenut tree/bush is purely an ornamental [far left almost opposite mound] but underwent a serious bush trim in 2017.

The Blue twin seater at the bottom used to live unloved and broken on the patio – it is to get a repair and paint overhaul this spring.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

We had to move the clothes line out and that small red dot you might see in the image is where the new one stands normally, however with the storm we took it out and capped the space – but you can see the definition of the lawn and the beds now.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

The lawn is in a much better shape and condition now, it no longer is just uncultivated grasses and weeds – the pear/plum trees are in much better condition and shape also. The ornamental beds were completely dug over in 2016/2017 and resown and relaid and had a quality soil improver added in 2017.

Following that l continually added compost to the soils to improve the overall quality. Not long back Suze and l Strulch mulched the ornamental beds – this makes for a more efficient quality bed that can be planted in to or simply left. The hedge is also trimmed yearly whereas before it had received a seriously aggressive trim before we moved in by the previous renters and they tore it to pieces.

These beds have a lot of truly beautiful rose plants present and these have all been attended to over the last few years and now produce much healthier rose flowers.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

You can see that the mound now is in a way better shape and health condition than it was nearly four years ago. I stripped it back, cut out the deadwood and unrooted years worth of deep rooted weeds and transplanted flowers and some ornamental stone life to it. 

Also if you look to the top right of the 2020 image you can see a spiky frond – just to show what a bit of love and TLC can do for a plant, the last time you saw it/them – they were pot bound! I split bound them together to survive off each other and it worked – a major first for me! Just proves YouTube stuff works!

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Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

If l didn’t know the changes ha ha l would be hard pushed to spot them between these two images – although the greenhouse is significant. The bushes are healthier and enjoy regular trimmings now.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

Slightly different images – but the changes here are huge and yet l can never alter the glass panels – l just have to clean as best as l can.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

Closest l can get to the 2016 image – a lot of change – new guttering for starters, a new shed roof protection, a visible pathway and a totally workable storage space. When we cleared this where you can see the small plastic garden tool cupboard on the left, that patch of ground had potatoes growing in that had apparently been planted and abandoned in 1972!!

The neighbours shrubberies are always invasive and every year we have to get them trimmed to be put back under control.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

Now at least this area is able to have plants and life grown into it. You may not be able to see it so well in the 2016 image, but a rotten small raised bed sat on this piece of abandoned wild ground and it was stony and rocky underneath. I dug it out and over, found out it was also home to a major nettle infestation and reearthed and composted it. This year it will serve as our ‘raspberry patch’.

Left 2016 July – Right 2020 February

The Rhubarb patch is still there, but life has certainly changed and evolved around it!

So there we go folks – the days after the yesterday for July 2016 and February 2020…. and did l have any storm damage in the garden following in the wake of Ciara? Yes, but seriously – nothing seriously bad! See below, thanks for reading – catch you in the next episode.

My damage was a few fallen leaves and a tub of bamboo poles had fallen over in the aisle! As said in consideration to what some people have had to suffer and undergo as in serious flooding, electrical loss, life loss, injury and so on …., we got off vey lucky.

Thanks for reading everyone, till the next time …

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10 thoughts on “The Day After Yesterday and Four Years Later Too!

  1. It’s so nice you have the before and after shots so you can actually see the amazing changes you have wrought, Rory! If it were me, I would certainly feel satisfied with my accomplishments, if not downright proud! 😊 I found it all very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hey Betty, thank you 🙂

      Yes, Suze and l are very proud with what we have done to the garden and how have managed to turn it around.

      Glad you enjoyed the moments of yesterday to today too 🙂

  2. glad to hear you weathered the storm well. Looks like all your hard work has paid off. I probably would have cultivated the nettles. The patch I planted seems to be slow to take off.

    1. Hey Ruth, l totally agree and l remember saying to Suze can we keep the nettles? She said no, so they went ha ha and yet l am quite keen to start growing them again they have so many uses 🙂

  3. I’m glad all’s well there. The before and after photos are quite wonderful. I can’t even imagine being able to grow raspberries. Amazing 😊

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