My initial inclination was to title this blog entry "Oh Hail No!" but I'm having a little trouble maintaining the required tone of humor today. Feel free to join me in a simple soul-cleansing wail because I'm at a loss for words. Following the example of the recently deceased Prince, perhaps I should just refer to this as "The Garden Formerly Known as ProfessorRoush's."
For those easily depressed by gardening disaster, this is your fair warning to move on to the next post. For the rest of you, those curious souls unable to avoid gawking at car wrecks or fascinated by visits to Civil War battlefields, you can keep viewing this photo-heavy post, but I would caution you to have a barf bag at hand. Feel free to "click" on any picture you want to enlarge.
We had a little storm here last night. When I say a little storm, I am, of course, channeling our British cousins to understate a meteorological apocalypse that included a near miss by a possible tornado, a deluge of 4.2 inches in 2 hours, and about an inch of hail the size of marbles. The photo at the right is a shot of my back patio during the storm, all while the radio weatherman was telling me to take cover. It's illuminated by the porch light and it's dim and poorly exposed, but if you can see the ice on the ground you've grasped the obvious.
For a little better glimpse of this catastrophe, the proverbial plague of biblical hail, these two photos of the left and right sides of my front walkway, just after the storm, may be more illuminating.
I woke up this morning to a lot of damage. There was no real structural damage to the house, but the garden has seen better days. Just yesterday morning, I was admiring this 'Blue Angle' hosta placed right next to the front door; it was perfect then, not a bit of slug damage. Look at it now.
This 'Globemaster' allium was getting ready to bloom. I suppose it still might, but I'm betting it won't reach the glory I was expecting.
The Orientpet lily to the left was the picture of health yesterday. Today it appears to have been through a meat grinder. Still, it fared better than the Asiatic lily whose photo is at the top of this blog.
I had scores of irises starting to bloom. I suppose they might still, but one wonders what kind of display I'll have from these.
This was a Sedum. 'Strawberries and Cream' to be exact. "Was" is the active verb here.
When a tough daylily like 'Alabama Jubilee' gets shredded like this, well, you know you've had a storm.
And these were some gorgeous purple and white petunias that I planted just yesterday. If I didn't know that, I couldn't even tell you what they were.
I tried to tell Mrs. ProfessorRoush that the remaining cherries would be larger and sweeter since these were pruned away early in the season. She was neither amused nor consoled.
I'll leave you now, contemplating this abstract artform as it was created in my front buffalograss. This is not a view of the Appalachians from space. This is thatch, floated up from the roots of the buffalograss and deposited in waves on an almost level surface by the 4+ inches of rain. I suppose I should be thankful that the torrential rain has cleared out the thatch for me and I have only to rake it up now. I am most assuredly NOT thankful, however. The magnolias were interrupted this year by the late freezes. Now the irises, daylilies and alliums by this storm. What's next? The roses get hit by a meteorite shower?