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Storm damage in June: climate change gardening!

Is there no such thing as an average month anymore?

June 2019 has been a complete pain in the bum. Cool, excessively wet to the point of flooding my alpine sink and windy enough to blow over my 15ft high Echium pininana after three years of nurturing.

You expect storm damage in November, not June! At least I can say on the day we finally finished this video, the clouds parted and the sun finally shone, with rumours of a heatwave to come.

There’s no such thing as an average month or year anymore – welcome to gardening with climate change!

PS – I’ve been torturing myself because I called the Chinese RICE paper plant a Chinese rice plant (Tetrapanax papyrifer rex) – my mistake, this video lark is harder than it looks!

The fallen Echium pininana propped up by a windmill palm and crab apple tree
The fallen Echium pininana propped up by a windmill palm and crab apple tree
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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