May 21st 2013 6:08 am
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[Pic links will have to be without mouseovers, since that handy link seems to have changed – anyone know what we’re supposed to use now?]
So, there we were, minding our own business – wondering when the Mama was going to come in from the garden and walk us. The Papa took pity on us and decided to do it without her since she was trying to get the seeds planted for her Sunflower House before the rain was supposed to start. the 2nd phase of the Sunflower House
When it came time for my turn, it started raining. Well, a little is OK, but it was coming down pretty good, so we came back to the house. Meanwhile the Mama had just finished putting in the last sunflower seeds and was thinking she’d better bring the flats of tomatoes, peppers and annuals in before they got completely waterlogged. Around here in this climate, everything has to be started indoors under lights first, then hauled out for sun and wind hardening-up for increasingly longer intervals. Today is the day designated for the average last frost day, though we’ve had frost into June before, and once in August! The plants are all hardened and ready now to be planted out, but most everyone waits for Memorial Day, and the Mama will probably do that, too.
So, she and the Papa are rushing through the pelting rain, carrying plant flats into the greenhouse when it starts to hail. [A note about the greenhouse. You might wonder why we can’t just leave the plants in there instead of carrying them in and out – it’s because the fiberglass paneling is old and doesn’t let in near the amount of light it did in the beginning. It’s a good 2nd step from the indoor lights, but to give the plants the hardening-up they need, there’s no substitution for the real thing – in graduated doses.]
The Papa had retreated to the porch to watch the storm, but the Mama was standing in the greenhouse dumping the excess water out of the flats when the REAL storm began. They weren’t exactly golfball size, but they were BIG. The storm lasted for several minutes, during which time the Mama was pressed up against a wall, hoping the roof wasn’t going to cave in! No way was she taking the short run from the greenhouse to the porch while all that was going on! the hail
Afterwards, the pawrents went to inspect things for damage. Amazingly enough, there was little to see: leaves down, hailstones everywhere, some shredded leaves of plants in the garden and rivers of water washing through all the low spots. Otherwise, the garden looked fine. And the Papa took me for my walk once the rain stopped – yay!
hailstones with quarter for scale
hail in the garlic bed
Such scary weather lately, stay safe my friend!!! Love, tate...thanks for keeping us updated, its good to know how our furfriends are doing. Love, Tate
Wow! The hail looks like giant moth balls. I'm glad everyone was safe through that scary storm.
My goodness, you all sure have some crazy weather where you live! We are glad you and your family are safe and sound. Purrs from the boyz
Glad that you're mom didn't get hurt in the hail and that you still got to go for your walk! Frost in June!?!?!? MOL! That sure does comment on how far apart we live! I'm just happy we had a slow start to the summer so things are still green! We go from Tornado Warnings (today) to Fire Warnings (probably tomorrow).
Here's the link we've been using for
the roll-overs. It's been working for
WOW! That hail sure is big! Glad your
mom is okay. It's a good thing you
got to go for your walk after all that!
Frost in June? OMC! We always got fire warning then!
i am so glad your meowmy is ok! i know that was super scary. my meowmy hates hail it just wreaks evfurry thing. yours look like snowballs! i hope you get big beautiful sunflowers and yummy maters!
Hey, everybody! Appreciate your stopping by to check on us! Yeah, that was scary, and it may not be over yet. It is supposed to warm up to almost 80 today and then plummet down to 30's tomorrow. Those kinds of drastic changes can bring on the nasty weather.
Manytoes, thanks for the link! May have a question or two later...
Wow, that's strange weather-and we thought our mountain weather was strange.
Stay safe today Samhain and family, we get worried when it's very warm then cools down suddenly.
PS Mom loves you sunflower house! We have problems gardening here with the acidic soil and the deer but Mom trys :)
Jack - we had frost again last night, and it might for a third night in a row, since the report says 35 - that's a little close for comfort, so the Mama covered the potatoes again.
About the sunflower house - it's going to have dozens of sunflowers for the walls, plus scarlet runner beans and heavenly blue morning glories growing up (and hopefully) over the top for the roof. She'll take pics if it works out!
Hope that's the last frost so your garden is safe. we'd love to see more pictures as the sunflower house grows, it sounds like it will be beautiful and will make a great space for you kitties to explore!
Your garden looks green and lovely, is that deer proofing at the top of your fence? We have a 5 foot fence and so far they have not jumped it :)
Yes, that's deer proofing, but not proof against much of anything else, including the ferals - MOL! The two Sevens and Marble generally climb the gate and show up anytime the Mama goes in there. Marble and the female Seven aren't so bad, but the male Seven Point One is a real pain. He jumps on the Mama's back when she's unsuspecting, plus he will come stand right in front of her (which means on top of whatever bed and plants she may be working with!), and DEMAND lovings!
That's fortunate that the deer haven't tried to jump your fence - generally 8 ft is what is recommended - those critters can jump REALLY high!
Late to the draw--wow! We thought we had bad weather last week. I know you didn't paw this last week, but we remember those the 21st and 22nd really well 'cause Mom had another show on the 22nd. Both days were 85 and sunny in New York. I guess we got your weather right after that. If Mom's show would have been one day later she wouldn't have had any audience. We had torrential down-pours and the temperature dropped by something like 30 degrees over the next couple of days.
Can we edit that? MOL--my secretary is making it look like I can't speak decent English again. That should have read 'we remember those two days, the 21st and 22nd'
Hehehe...typing is hard with paws! Glad your show had the good weather. I'm hoping last night was the last night we have to worry about frost for some months.