Hail, Yes

“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.


  1. Sue said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I’m glad there was not more damage to your plants. I know that can be so upsetting. At least there is still time for new growth.

  2. Jan said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Hi, Sue. We were lucky there was not more damage. Yes, I am glad that if we had to get hail, it would be in the early spring so that plants would be able to grow new leaves to cover up the damaged ones.

  3. donna said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Hail producing storms have become common around here in the last few years. Before that it was a rare thing. Those little tree frogs are so darn cute. I had to look at the photo a couple times before I could see him….but then it’s very early here and I’m not wide awake. Glad that you and your garden are okay.

  4. Janet said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Spring weather can be so destructive in oh so many ways. I am sorry for all your damage. It is always disappointing to see the damage done.

  5. Randy said,

    May 6, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Jan, I’m sorry to see your prettiest got beat up so badly. You should have your roof checked out by the insurance company. That may have been large enought to cause some damage which is only visible from the underside of your shingles. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. April said,

    May 6, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Whoa! Thank goodness you kept the hail in your parts, we just got the rain. Man…that really did some damage. Looks like someone went crazy with a BB gun in your garden. I am so sorry!!!!

  7. May 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    How awful Jan I have never experienced anything like that. Poor plants…I’m glad that nothing else was destroyed.

    Take Care/ Tyra

  8. Brenda Kula said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Only two instances of hail in all that time! Wow. Hard to imagine that, having moved from Oklahoma years ago and now living in Texas.

  9. Jan said,

    May 7, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Donna, we, too, are having more hail storms than ever before. This was the first time it hit at our house in a long time, but other nearby areas have had a lot of hail lately. That little tree frog is in every one of those daylilies that open. I have seen him there daily. It must be the perfect size for him.

    Janet, the damage was disappointing, but not too bad. Except for the banana, nothing was really shredded. The big hostas look the worst, and even then it is only some cracks not holes. I am just thankful it was not worse.

    Randy, you are right. I remember about ten years ago my parents didn’t think they had hail damage, and it was a few months before they realized it. Thanks for the idea to have the roof checked.

    April, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. I wonder how farmers live with weather uncertainties. I did rush outside to cover some tomato plants, but a farmer couldn’t do that.

    Tyra, the hail was on the small size and there is the mixed feelings of dismay and thrill when it is occurring. Thanks goodness, it didn’t last long.

    Brenda, I marvel at some of the bad weather that Oklahoma has to live through. It’s the bad weather that comes with no real warning that I find scary. At least with a hurricane, there is advance notice so if you have to you can get out of town.

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