The first week of June has been at times rather blustery and the plants have been knocked back and forth with the gusts. I expected the garden to look a little worse for wear, however it appeared to have remained reasonable intact. I can probably thank the large row of trees that are in a garden a few doors down from us that appear to filter out most of the effects of the wind. In short the only damage, if that’s what you can call it, is that the onions are looking somewhat a little flat and the clumps of poppies have also been squashed from the centre outwards. But no worries, the onions will be cropped before too long and the poppies although a little more squat appear to be none the worse off with plenty of flower buds pointing skywards.
It’s not just the windy weather that has been a problem of late, but the birds too. Some of the sparrows that have visited the garden in the past have taken a liking to the peas, to such an extent I now net them. Following on from this I have noticed on more than one occasion the sparrows sitting on top of the canes, which support my peas and beans. Initially, I thought nothing of it, until I noticed that they were taking an unhealthy interest in the twine. They were actually pulling at the threads so that they could take some as nesting material. I had visions of the whole coming apart and the offending bird being catapulted across the garden. To make matters worse, they have been taking the lining from the hanging baskets as well.
We can’t do anything to control nature and have to work with it as best we can. By giving plants the Chelsea chop in May for example, not only do you extend the flowering season, but you are making the plants shorter and stockier and therefore more resilient to the gusty weather of late. If your garden is constantly subject to windy weather then you may find that your plants take action of their own by growing shorter as a reaction to the conditions in which they grow. To try and filter the wind it is an idea to use windbreaks such as a hedge or even fencing can be used, so long as the fence is not solid and is designed with gaps to filter the wind through.
As for the birds, you cannot help but like them. They keep the aphid and slug populations down, entertain you with the antics, especially at the feeders, and as for the fledglings, need I say more.