Thursday, April 19, 2018

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'



8 comments:

  1. Well, better than drought?

    Your garden is looking good despite the dings.

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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

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