After the predicted stormy night, when the rain was icy ball bearings and the wind thumped like a prize fighter, I thought I’d better have a quick wander to check for any garden damage. Apart from a few misplacements there were only two casualties. Firstly a large pot of bamboo had fallen on top of a Lavandula pinnata, the fern leaved lavender. Garden Doctor’s diagnosis – squished, GD prognosis – with a little nip and tuck it should be fine. Secondly, our Salvia microphylla has been rent asunder, surely not too dramatic a description? This shrubby salvia is notoriously brittle, so this collapse came as no surprise. Luckily it is famously responsive to hard pruning which is exactly what it is going to get. Not today though. The plants might be alright, but I am still feeling a little rough around the edges.