We’re busy preparing for Hurricane Irene, expected to hit RI tomorrow. Mike has the generator ready to go and filled a second tank of propane gas for the grill. We’ve checked our flashlights, stocked up on bottled water, and bought extra batteries.
Other than moving some hardscape, the in-ground roses in the two gardens are on their own. But the 150 roses in pots required a little more thought. In seasons past, when stormy weather would knock pots over, Mike just left them knocked over until the following day. However, that resulted in broken canes and otherwise beat the roses up…not the best solution. A better way is tightly gathering the pots into groups of 20 or so on the ground where each pot supports the ones next to it, lessening the likelihood of any one of them toppling over.
Trees, however, present another problem. Since we have no control over the trees on the city land that surround the pond behind our home, damage from falling trees and branches remains the biggest threat. We already experienced a large tree limb falling in June, damaging the fence and taking out an entire bench of roses.
We dismantled the garden room we create each summer on our flagstone patio, took our flag down, and called it a day. We’re hoping that everyone will get through the hurricane with minimal damage and that Irene will be kind to you and your roses.