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Monday, August 8, 2011

…On the Bright Side…It’s a New Challenge…Right?

I spent the better part of two days on my weekend…primping, pruning, mowing and improving in my gardens.

I WAS going to share a whole other post…one with some before and after photos of a little cupboard…as well as a whole post on the greenhouse…BUT…that is NOT going to happen …let me give you the scoop.


Things in the yard were looking quite nice in spite of the cool weather and frequent storms we have had.


I was admiring, and making note of things I did an did not like in my gardens, and pots.

I was dirty and tired…and decided that it was time to go for a quick shower…the nice warm day had offered a great opportunity for me to move some containers around and spread things out so that each plant could be enjoyed.

My thoughts were …shower quick…then back outside to take some photos to share….ya…well I got more than I bargained for…


Getting out of the shower I could hear an ungodly noise…I ran to the back door to see this!


….And this…. (it left a crack in that old storm window…)


…and I cried. I had seen some clouds coming…and pulled a few things up closer to the house. Thank goodness for that!


The winds were incredible…and the hail, although only grape sized at best seemed to fall forever! It was hailing so hard that at one point I could not see the greenhouse from the back steps! The wind had it pushing violently against the front of the house, and greenhouse…it came directly from the north.


The hail and winds lasted for almost an hour.


When it stopped hailing…and I managed to settle myself a little bit…I got busy and made some calls to ensure all that I love were safe…then I got some photos of the situation. By this time, things had diminished a lot…melted down….and the sun had come back around…I got photos of what was left…..The hail had been hitting the gate so hard that it was all crushed…


It is August and I could have shovelled!!!


This hanging basket used to be on the front side of the greenhouse…it blew off…and landed in front of the greenhouse door…


It’s back there now…and looking sort of sad.

I watched my flowers flatten under the weight of the hail and rain and pressure of the winds…I was upset…to say the least. On the other hand, I was grateful that it wasn’t worse…as it could have been…easily could have been.

The next morning brought a bitterly cold wind…so I stayed away from my gardens…and thought I’d wait until this morning to assess the rest of the damage….


This used to be a bushy white petunia….


There is a huge mess of petals, leaves and other debris laying around all over the yard…


My flattened flower beds may have some hope to salvage….perhaps they will fluff up again? Only time and a little Tootsie type attention will tell.


Remember this huge tower of flowers I had made? I was not loving the nicotana blooms…they were too big and tall….


…ya…well about that…no worries…they are gone! …I don’t know if this pot will bounce back…it is really bad.


So MUCH hail damage…It may have to be discarded.


I hope the flattened flowers will find the strength to stand themselves up a bit!


This….is just plain sad…


…ripped and torn…


…ravaged leaves….and crushed flowers…I need to get out there and give this some thought and attention to try to save what I can!


It is a slight relief …that I am seeing a little improvement…it’s still a lot ruined…but not as flattened as it was…fingers crossed that I can fix this!

If you all don’t see me around for the next day or two…you know where you will find me…

Hugs and smiles…hopes that your week goes fast and fun…

Until next time….Happy Gardening!

*)*)*) to my three peeps…who love to peek…The greatest gift you can give to someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back…make your choices wisely!

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The JR said...

Well that certainly stunk!

So sorry about the crappy weather.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, that is unreal. I can't imagine such wild weather. The hail is terrible. So sorry after all your hard work. Ours looks even worse, but it's because of constant 110 plus heat. I am sure you will salvage a lot of it. You work magic. Hugs, Marty

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

Geez that is terrible)-: Sorry about all the damage. I would say it would bounce right back if you lived here but not sure on your weather there. We could use a good rain. Usually with rain flattening flowers out they do pop right back up. I hope they do for you! I know you worked so hard on your beautiful flowers and hate to see them suffer a blow like that!
We have been so lucky this summer with our weather its been a miracle. I have loved everyday. ONly a few really hot ones and those were only 104. I can take that but when it gets hotter things die at a rapid rate. Mostly this summer we have been in the 90's. I still have flowers!(-:
I hope you have a good week and everything perks up for you!

Karen said...

Oh, Glenda, how sad! Hail is such a devastating thing, and you have PILES of it in your pictures. I don't think I've ever seen so much. I hope it didn't do any structural damage; it is so hard on windows and shingles.

If anyone can perk this up again, it would be you, as you have such talent and style in everything you do. How sad though, the garden was just gorgeous...and darn it, we Northerners put up with enough ice all winter long, we don't need it in August! Hugs to you.

Charlotte said...

We have had some really crazy weather this year, haven't we? Thank God it was only hail and not a tornado. I'm sure your green thumb will have everything beautiful again soon.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

OMG, I can't believe that you got this much hail in August! We have had some violent storms also with trees uprooted, etc. We need to investigate some stormproof plants if there is such a thing.


Gardening in a Sandbox said...

After months of all your hard work getting those containers to their best. It breaks your heart. I hope you can salvage enough for the rest of the season. V

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, I am so sorry to see this. I have never seen hail pile like that! Your flower garden is so beautiful and I'm sure that if anyone can fix this it will be you. Sending good wishes your way.


Sue said...

Oh, how awful. Your poor flowers. That was quite the storm. Well, you'll do the ol' Tootsie Two Step and get that big old mess cleaned up and the flowers trimmed up and it will be much better. I'm sorry this seems nature sure doesn't respect our hard work at times.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Bless your heart! I hate to see the crushed flowers in your gorgeous garden. I can't get over that hail! I bet you were scared during that storm; I would have been! You are blessed that your greenhouse was not destroyed! Take care, and I hope you get the job done!

Ricki Jill

Darla said...

You have to grin and keep going girl...we cannot do a thing with Mother Nature, so hormonal! I'm sure you will have things looking great again in no time. You are right though, it could have been worse. I don't believe I have ever seen so much hail,looks like snow piled up there.

Tamara Jansen said...

What an incredible bummer! I hope that everything bounces back soon or you may have to stop by my favorite big box store for some cheap but gorgeous garden mums. In store this week :) hint hint

Shirley said...

What a lot of hail! It almost never hails for that long! I'm sure a lot of the garden will bounce back, especially with your green thumbs! Thank goodness it wasn't worse.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Im so sorry about your Beautiful flowers getting hit with hall !! My garden looks fred becouse of the 110 plus heat.. I know you will get it looking Beautiful again sweet lady. Do you remember the challenge you ask me about sweet lady ?? I hope you like it !!!
xxoo Diane

marilyn said...

Ah Tootsie, I am sorry to hear this about your beautiful garden but I do know that if anyone can sail through a storm, it is you.

Sandy said...

All that hail in August is amazing.. so sorry your garden took such a beating!
I gave up on my garden a few weeks ago, were into Rainy Season here and everything has drowned in the steaming heat of Florida.. Summer is not the time to grow anything! I'll pick up again in December and January, that is our planting season.
Smile, your garden will be back to normal in a few weeks.

Diane at My Cottage Garden said...

Hi Glenda,

I can hardly believe it. That's an amazing amount of hail and so much left afterwards.

So sorry - it must be so hard to look at. Hopefully a lot of it will just bounce back and you'll have a lovely second half to the summer.

Hugs, Diane

La Petite Gallery said...

Can't believe that hail. wow!
I too have been pruning and clipping. Think I have killed all those nasty Japenese beetles.
Now I wonder what I can put in the soil in the fall to repell the slugs and beetles. Your post is always so interesting. yvonne

The Ebullient Gardener said...

Oh my! That is just totally crazy! Can't believe it! So sorry that happened! I am sure with your "green thumb" those plants will be babied back to health! Best of luck! Happy Gardening!

The Ebullient Gardener said...

Oh my! That is just totally crazy! Can't believe it! So sorry that happened! I am sure with your "green thumb" those plants will be babied back to health! Best of luck! Happy Gardening!

The Ebullient Gardener said...

Oh my! That is just totally crazy! Can't believe it! So sorry that happened! I am sure with your "green thumb" those plants will be babied back to health! Best of luck! Happy Gardening!

gena said...

Oh MY Goodness - what a mess ! You know, I've never seen hail. Snow, plenty of times, but never hail. Well, if anyone can make those poor pretties beautiful again, it's you !!!!!!!!

I'm having a STINKY Give Away on Lavender Hill and I'd love for you to pop over and check it out !


Sandra said...

Hi Ms Tootsie! How are you? I've missed visiting your blog but I had a long break. Glad to be back though. :) I'm so sorry at what happened to all of your pretty plants. ugh, all that work. I hope everything survived.
Take care.