No Day for Gardening!

It may not have reached storm conditions today but it was bad enough. We had a yellow warning from the meteorical service, Met Éireann, telling us there was a danger of coastal flooding as heavy rain and southerly winds coincided with high tides and their forecasts were accurate. I saw on the news that Cork city was badly flooded earlier this morning, a sure sign that, when the high tides reached us here later in Waterford, we would have flooding also and, sure enough, the water came over the levee along the bank of the river in front of our house around eleven o’ clock this morning.

From the top of the garden it is possible to see the river in the background and, in that area immediately above the seat, the flooded “mash”, the riverside pastures between us and the river.

This can be a dramatic event as the field between us and the river, the “mash”, can fill up in a matter of minutes and, in particularly bad flood events, it can run onto our road like a torrent to a depth of 50/60cm in a similarly frighteningly dramatic and sudden way. Fortunately, we were spared flooding on the road today and left to look at the flooding in the mash, happy that it had come no further.

A view into the mash, completely under water.
Looking across the mash to Grannagh Castle, which is on the opposite bank of the river.
Zooming in a little on Grannagh Castle. The thin sliver of grey, immediately under the castle, is the river while the water in the foreground is on the mash.
There was quite a collection of ducks on the flooded mashes.

In these conditions, gardening was out of the question. Yesterday, I had spent the afternoon painting two garden seats in the shelter of the garage but they had taken such an age to dry that I didn’t continue with it today and contented myself reading an excellent book on Vita Sackville-West’s garden at Sissinghurst – Sissinghurst, The Dream Garden by Tim Richardson. By late afternoon, the rain had eased and I went for a stroll around the garden and across the the mash.

These two photographs of Euonymous planipes, the one above taken on Sunday and that below today, illustrate the effects of today’s weather. The autumn display can be very fleeting.

Likewise, these photographs of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ and Polygonatum hookeri (in the trough) show the effects of today’s weather.

Leaves were down all round the garden, trees suddenly becoming quite bare, and autumn/winter is being ushered in very quickly. It is time to get out the rake and start collecting the fallen leaves – a job for another day! Meanwhile, here are a few photographs from the garden this afternoon:

Click on the first photograph to view the photographs in a larger format and to begin a slideshow:

And, my favourite photograph from today:

13 thoughts on “No Day for Gardening!

      1. We are dry, dry dry here! We have one tree trying to make it to rusty orange and I think the rest of the trees will just get to the leafless stage without any color! But, we do have a bazillion nuts this year! As soon as we have them swept up ( a daily chore) they are all over again the next day! The squirrels are having a great time!

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      2. In seaside areas close to us we see the same with the trees – they go from being in leaf to being burned off the trees by wind and salt air so there is never autumn colour there. We rarely get a brilliant autumn display so appreciated the odd spots that we get here and there.

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    1. We are safe in the house as there is a considerable rise from the road to the house. Floods have come into the garden on only a few occasions, the first few metres up the drive. We are safe and dry!

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    1. There is a rise in level from the road into the garden so floods have only rarely come in on us and then only up the first few metres of the drive and not threatening the house in any way.


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