Monday, June 17, 2013

Hailstones

     First summer days were very hot. The temperature rose up to 28 C, and it was not raining 3 weeks. Water tanks quickly emptied. Everyone was waiting for the rain and finally waited.
Dark blue cloud was fast approaching, the wind increased. Suddenly darkened, and the strong streams of water poured on the lawn, plants, the roof and began to fill water tanks. But the joy quickly melted away, because hail dropped together with the water flows.
At first there were a bit of hail, but soon the large hailstones has fallen and begun to knock in the window glasses, jump on the roof and fill the lawn. 


 It was strange to see winter coming in midsummer.  Everything was white!
There was a strong wind, the water was coming, white hail carpet was lying on the roof, on verandah steps, under the currant bushes, along the paths, some flowers were drooping their heads and falling in a white hail.


    When half an hour later this disaster was over, I went out to see my garden. The sun was shining, it was about 18 C but hail did not melt.
What were the plants most affected by hail? Some plants with large leaves: hosts (my collection!), heuhera, dogwood. The holes of the hail were on begonias, on blackcurrant leaves. 

 
 
What were plants without damage and have become to bloom, as if nothing had happened? The plants with small leaves and closed buds. Peony did not have time to open its bud and is fine flowering now, the red floribunda rose "Anadia" and Canadian pink rose "Therese" are also still in buds. Petunias in container a bit lied down, but then raised their heads with the rays of the warm sun. They pleased me in GBBD.

 
But the camomiles could not get over hail and left lying on the ground.




39 comments:

  1. Oh no, what a terrible storm. How great that you got photographs of all the hail. But the damage to the big-leaf plants is obvious. They should recover, though. And the peonies and roses were smart to keep their buds tightly closed until after any threat of hail (or winter in summer) is over!

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    1. laurrie, it's well that hail was only half an hour!
      Hosts have already had new leaves and they get better, thank you!

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  2. Your poor garden, Nadezda. But hail and violent thunderstorms seem to happen more and more often all over the world. Too bad your plants took such a beating but I am sure they will recover. Thanks for the interesting photos.

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    1. Yes, Astrid, I quickly tried to take pictures because the water was falling on the camera! The Canadian roses have perfectly weathered the storm and the bushes are in bloom now. Thank you!

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  3. I'm so sorry that happened, Nadezda, but at least everything was not damaged. Here in Chicago we had a hailstorm so bad that it smashed all the glass panes at one of the plant conservatories.

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    1. Jason, fortunately our window glasses remained intact after the hail. Thank you!

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  4. I am glad you have not too much damage of the hail. They say we get some hot days this week and thunderstorms, help. I have my garden open next week, and I want to keep
    my Delphiniums straight up, every year I have problems with them. It was good your roses were still in bud.
    Happy gardening this week!

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    1. I am glad peonies bloom well, the buds are open and smell perfectly.
      Roses have stopped growing, I hope they are well.
      Sometimes the forecasts are wrong and I hope the thunderstorms will go away, Janneke.
      Thank you!

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  5. Oh, isn't it terrible when that happens! We have had the same here at times, luckily with no severe damage but I have had leaves looking like yours! I hope your plants recover quickly and don't suffer too much :-)

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    1. My plants are recovering, Helene! It's well that hail was only half an hour.I have covered some plants already in the rain.
      Thank you!

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  6. I have just left a comment on someone else's blog, in Florida, about weird unseasonal weather. I am starting to think that we need to take this stuff about global warming seriously. It's happening as they predict. I'm told our bad weather in England is due to the gulf stream being in the wrong place this year, but it can't be affecting weather all over the world, surely. I hope your comellias recovered a bit more.

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    1. I've read about the gulf stream being in the wrong place, too. I don't believe it because of the floods in many countries this spring. The hail here in mid-summer? My plants have already had new leaves and they get better. Thank you, Jenny!

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  7. Dear Nadezda,that is terrible !!!The weather is getting crazy!!!I hope the damage is'nt so bad!!
    Have a lovely week!!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dimi, fortunately, the damage wasn't big, the garden is in bloom now. The roses are well and other plants have new leaves.
      Thank you!

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  8. Oh, my! Hail is one aspect of weather that no one wants to see. What a shock it must have been for you - and for your plants. Glad some of the plants were not damaged too bad, and lived to bloom as if nothing had happened.

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    1. Holley, I tried to save some plants and veges off the hail. I had covered them already in the rain, as tomatoes, strawberries.
      Now a trouble passed away and the garden is well. Thank you!

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  9. El tiempo está loco en todos sitios Nadezda, aquí ayer cayó una buena tromba de agua:(((
    Gracias ya tengo el programa de los collages ahora tengo que practicar con él:))
    Las fotos son preciosas!!
    Un beso.

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    1. Si, Laura, el tiempo es non-predictable.
      Que bueno que tu encontraste ese programa, me gusta mucho trabajar con el: cambiar color, mover en distintos angulos, aumentar, etc. Espero que aprendas pronto.
      Gracias!

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  10. Hail can be really damaging. At least the hail stones were small and the damage was minimal. Hopefully, this will be your last hail storm of the year.

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    1. I do hope as well, Tammy! Thank you!

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  11. Hello Nadezda - what as a weather ..... mega large hail.
    DMI (weather) has varselt cloudburst here today, right pt. it rains. Wish you a good Wednesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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    1. This bad weather isn't often, fortunately! I wish you have sunny weather, that your plants need. Thank you!

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  12. Nadezda, hail destroyed the crops. It's good that you can still save.
    You have to have a lot of heart so you will want to make a big joy.
    Regards:)
    Lucia

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  13. The weather is crazy everywhere this year.
    I am so sorry that some of your plants suffered. It’s the same all over: we work to make things beautiful and then the gods come and send us a weather disaster to destroy the beauty.
    Ah well, on we go, always hopeful.

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    1. My plants are better, new leaves, new buds and flowers.
      You're optimist, Frico. I love these people, they never give up.
      Thank you!

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  14. Oh wow that's a serious hail storm!! Sorry to hear about your plants :(

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    1. It's OK now, thank you, Optimistic Existentialist!

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  15. How dependent on the weather we are! I hope you can still enjoy your beautiful garden!

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    1. You're right, we are, Sara!
      My garden is recovering, new leaves and buds grow. Thank you!

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  16. Oh no! I think your plants will recover quickly from the disaster. Small holes in leaves are not pretty, but the plants will be fine.

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    1. Of course, time passed and the plants are better now. Thank you, Rebecca!

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  17. Buen fin de semana amiga:))
    Un beso.

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  18. That is craziness! I've never seen so much hail accumulate, what will be next? Have courage Nadezda :) I would like to thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog, very sweet of you, makes the dark times seem not as bad.

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    1. Now my garden is better day by day, the roses start blooming.
      I said you the words from my heart, as I had the dark times as well.
      Thank you, Rosemary

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  19. Mother Nature can sure have her bad moods! How strange to have hail in summer. I am glad that most of your garden survived without too much damage.

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  20. There is weird weather everywhere. We also sometimes in summer get hail, and also the size can be as large as golf balls and it can destroy a windshield on a car. Your photos show the result quite well. I hope that your garden is completely recovered now. Thanks for coming to my blog while I was away.

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  21. Oh dear! Your poor plants. They will soon recover, I think. It happens sometimes here in the summer.
    Good to see your lovely blog again.
    Betty

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  22. I can't believe that you have such hail this time of year... It seems that the frequency of abnormal weather has been increasing! Hope your plants will recover soon.

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