“Hail, Yes”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Sunday night a thunderstorm roared through our area and in twenty minutes dumped .82 inches of rain and hail the size of dimes. The rain was needed (of course, at that rate a great deal just ran off), and we are used to getting a lot of rain at one time, but the hail is a different matter. This is only the second time we have had hail here since we moved in about 30 years ago. It wasn’t too bad; nothing like poor Annie at Transplantable Rose had to endure a few weeks back. But it was bad enough considering I had just finished planting several containers of rex begonias and coleus. Nothing was severely damaged, thank goodness. The red banana got the worst of it.
The newly repotted rex begonias have a few holes.
Several of the amaryllis leaves were damaged. I hope more start showing soon so that there will be flowers next year.
Some of the hostas were damaged, but not too badly, and the same could be said for the elephant ears. I was disappointed to find the first gladiolus bloom was snapped off. It would have been so pretty if it had not been cut off.
What seemed to be the most damaged was the daylily, Misty Mayhaw. It has just started blooming, and this bud was just waiting to open Monday. The damage doesn’t seem to bother the little tree frog that was resting inside. I am happy to report there are more buds, so this was not a big loss, either.
Considering the bad weather that many parts of the country has been experiencing in the last few weeks, our little hail storm was not so bad. A few things were damaged, but with it being so early in the season, no permanent harm has been done to the garden, or more importantly to our roof or automobiles.