Weather continues to be all over the map, and although it's not atypical for spring in the Midwest, it seems a bit more extreme than usual. Last yesterday afternoon into evening, we had a severe thunderstorm, with winds that hit 57 mph, and hail. Lots of hail.
Two-and-a-quarter inches of rain later, we had way more water than we needed. We didn't need ANY before the storm, but there were no tornadoes, so there's that. Small favors and all.
|This is the first time in 10 years that the arbor has blown all the way over. |
It was anchored in the ground with 2' metal rods on all four corners.
|The hail doesn't look as big as it was when it first came down because|
we had just had a lovely 74° day, so it melted fairly quickly.
|Plants with larger foliage, like these tulips, didn't fare so well with the hail.|
Calmer weather prevailed today, so I went out to see what flowers I could cut for my little window vase. Fortunately, the smaller spring ephemerals proved to be tough.
These flowers are representative of what is in bloom right now, other than cornelian cherry, hellebores, and some larger daffodils. Just one species tulip bloomed last week, while all the other ones - species and hybrids - aren't even close. But the Dutch hyacinths and magnolias are just days from opening.
- Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa luciliae)
- Striped Squill (Puschkinia libanotica)
- Miniature Daffodil (Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete')
- Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
- Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)
- Foliage: Hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolia)
The fused glass window vase was a purchase from one of the flower shows I went to several years ago. It's from Glass Pockets and attaches to the window with a wire loop that hangs from a suction cup.
The "In a Vase on Monday" meme is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. I generally don't cut the flowers from my garden, preferring to enjoy them in their natural setting. My lack of flower arranging skills bears witness to this, but every once in a while, I get a wild hair and grab my pruners.