Hail the size of...

Occasionally you read about hailstones large enough to do serious damage. If they can break glass, I shudder to think what they would do to plants?!

The hail we had the other day was nothing compared to the grapefruit-sized hailstones that fell on Nebraska in 2003, but it came down fast and furious for a few minutes and made a surprisingly loud racket. Here are the three short videos I recorded from the front porch:

It's funny, nothing seems to lure people out of their houses like unusual weather. Like magic, everybody appears at the front door to get a front-row seat to the spectacle!

Here are some photos showing plants "decorated" with hailstones:

Agave cupreata

Agave guadalajarana 'Leon'
Agave schidigera

Dyckia 'Naked Lady' with scars from a previous encounter with hail

I quickly covered my Hechtia glauca. It has very soft leaves.

×Dyckcohnia 'Zebra'
Hailstones on furry balls

×Mangave 'Moonglow'

×Mangave 'Lavender Lady'

Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'

Fortunately, the damage was limited. However, some plants with particularly soft leaves, like these two dudleyas, will have dings for a while:

Dudleya cymosa 'Red Giant'

Dudleya cymosa × britonii

And Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' has a few more battle scars:

Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'


  1. Well, better than drought?

    Your garden is looking good despite the dings.

  2. As I viewed your videos, I was wondering how your new mangaves did. I'm glad the damage wasn't too bad.

  3. I’m glad no hail here this time...it will all recover...

  4. We got hail here too, but it melted away pretty fast. Looks like yours was a bit more dramatic ! I was anxious that I would get scars but there were none. I'm sorry you weren't so lucky.

  5. Hail can be so damaging to succulents, sometimes taking a couple of days show up. Hope things didn’t get worse.

  6. An interesting spectacle to see but hope the damage to your plants is minimal!

  7. Hail can quickly go from fun to, well, another word that starts with "fu" but doesn't end with "n". Glad yours stayed on the fun end of the spectrum!

  8. Great photos of the pants covered in hail! Great juxtaposition!


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