Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The beast from the east ate my garden


Warm weather has arrived, hooray, its been a long time coming, mind you we have a yellow weather warning for rain, so one mustn’t get too excited.

I’ve been taking stock of the damage done by the winter storms, namely the Beast from the East. There were casualties

Mahonia, euphorbia, viburnum all took a hit.

Ate my garden_

Some things seem to have been freeze dried.

Ate my garden 2

As I’m something of a sentimental gardener, I particularly sad to lose a lavender plant from my mum’s garden, and it touch and go if an Edgeworthia Chrysantha, from my father in laws garden will survive (I do have an heir and a spare so to speak, by way of another plant, potted up in a container, that I took into the barn for safe keeping)

But perhaps the thing that made me go ‘ohhhh noooo’  has been the demise of my Dad’s ‘degging can’ . I can’t remember a time when this wasn’t part of my gardening life. It was precious

Anyone know a tinsmith.

leaky watering can_



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “The beast from the east ate my garden

  1. Condolences on the garden losses — although the watering can surely can be repaired. I did have to laugh at your use of the phrase “a heir and a spare.” I’ve only heard that phrase used one other time in my life: by a woodworker in the state of Maine who referred to his two boys that way. Is that a common British expression? I’m always bumping up against phrases from over there that are so descriptive and occasionally amusing — it’s great fun.

  2. You seem to have suffered from a more ferocious winter than we did. Good thinking to keep a reserve indoors.

  3. It’s sad when that happens, but not surprising given the weather. I hope at least some do recover. I think that the watering can should be retired and perhaps hung up somewhere suitable where birds will maybe use it to nest in. xx

  4. I lost my lavender this year, too. And the rosemary. We’ve had four of those beastly storms roll through. Hopefully things will calm down for a while.

    • I protected the rosemary from the cold, I’ve lost them before in lesser storms than the Beast from the East, but the weight of the snow has broken some of the branches.

  5. If I loose my lavender I am in trouble, it replaces some dreadful timber roll edging around the garden. There is an industrial level of cutting and propagating going on to replace them before they rot. I know what you mean about inherited plants, I have mint from my mother, lovage from my aunt, bay trees from my youth, an Acer with a friends mother’s ashes, a gardeners life is fraught with responsibility.

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