Gardening in the wet and wild.

Gardening in the wet and wild.

The Isles of Scilly are one of the wettest and windiest places in the UK. All their plants have to cope with damp air and wild winds, but the advantage is that they have only rarely encountered frost. While we endure a wild wet winter and I am fed up with waterlogged ground and gales. I remember the wonderful plants of the Scillies and that despite the conditions there were wonderful lush plants, even though my camera went wrong in the rain.  Even in small private gardens and at the side of the road, plants were blooming in July. But remember they had endured winter gales like we are having this year.

Private gardens

Private gardens

Exotic foliage

Exotic foliage

Scilly island magic

Scilly island magic

These photos were taken with my phone, but they give a hint of the planting encountered all over the place.

The entrance is as exotic as the gardens.

The Blue Gate to Tresco gardens, as striking as the gardens inside.

Wonderful ferns and palm foliage

Wonderful ferns and palm foliage get luxurious in the damp conditions. The message is relax wet winters can lead to perfect springs, the sun will come back soon.