After two weeks of dry hot weather and two days after the last post, we had a nasty storm roar through here with lots of wind and 4-5" of rain.
Everyone is safe and sound except for our Hawthorn(Buckthorn) Tree which lost a thick old limb.
It missed our car, the garage roof and pretty much fell in one piece.
We were lucky the lawn debris truck came along while we were chopping it up and the driver helped us drag the cut pieces to the hopper. We have one more bin to be picked up next week. He said there was a lot of damage in our development, so I guess we were just lucky!
The upper branches supported the trunk, and even the fence was only dinged a bit. Now this area will get more sun...which is a plus. You have to look at the bright side of things.
But my Hollyhocks. YIKES. The poles held but the foam ties I had around them were ripped off and the flowers were basically flattened. I tied them up again with rope and only lost the tops of three. They seem to be okay now. I then spent 3 more hours tying up and supporting all our vegetables and flowers. We lost a few branches on tomatoes, and three big pots were blown over??? but that's about it for serious damage.
Our yellow squash plants were rearranged and they are out across the patio now, and producing 3-4 small squash a day now. The four plants in here are very vigorous.
Please ignore the foggy spots on the photos---not ghosts or spirits, but raindrops, LOL. Honest---scared myself when I looked at them, then I remember we had a 'sun-der" storm while I was taking photos.
HUGS, hope all is well for you and yours!
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Hi Sandi! You really WERE lucky! Amazing the damage a limb can do. We had a big blow just this evening and had to scramble to take down umbrellas etc. But I did lose a big pot that was a gift from my sister. We just got the edge of the storm and no rain. I hope your beautiful plantings recover. I would love some lush growth like yours. So glad to have a kind word from you! J.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jacqueline...seems other than planters dumped upside down--most things are okay. I had tied many things up---over 2 weeks ago, so they had grown above the ties...guess just a reminder to keep up on everything as it grows. Heat isn't the best thing for old gardeners to work in, LOL. Thanks! SandiDelete
Hi Sandi, WOW. I guess you were really lucky the damage wasn't worse but boy, it's so sad to lose a beautiful tree. That was good fortune with the truck coming by at just the right time. Up north here we've had huge winds for several days. No real damage except (like you) overturned pots but a big temp drop, high waves on the lake. Are you doing World Watercolor Month this year? I'm painting a lot but not anything formal like that this time. Oh, and thanks for stopping to visit my blog!ReplyDelete
Wow, Jeanie...I saw it looked pretty rough up north. No, on the watercolors for July---the kitchen table is swathed in Diva clothing ...lol. And, it's been too hot on the porch, the craft room is ripped up for plumbing, and I have no bathroom for my bedroom. I think I might pitch a tent somewhere, like a hotel, LOL. Take care---I will probably paint soon! SandiDelete
Sandi, looks like you dodged the bullet. Those limbs can often do sever damage. Glad your hollyhocks came through with not much damage and your squash plants look beautifully healthy. We are lucky in California that we don't have sudden summer storms too much, maybe just a little rain, but mostly dry but so haven't heard of any huge fires..Stay well..xxoJudyReplyDelete
Thanks, Judy. Lake Michigan will often send cooler air from the East, which slides under or over the hot air from the west, and wa-La, you get some beauts of storms. That was what happened, I had dashed outside and got an umbrella rolled, big wind burst and then a LOT of rain...part of the Midwest, I guess!Delete
Thankfully, it looks like you missed the worst of it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!ReplyDelete
Hi, thanks, we did....it just looked really bad. We did have a few displaced doves that were unhappy. They sat on the railing all the next day looking confused. Life seems to be back to normal now, they must have made a new home.Delete