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Re: well, hail!

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] well, hail!
  • From: "Pearl Doyle" pdoyle@our-town.com
  • Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 18:31:33 -0500

Oh My Gosh, Donald! That is really bad. We only had hail one night but not anything seriously damaged like you have. My sympathy,  Pearl.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 9:03 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] well, hail!

A splinted pod stem.  The lush green on the ground is on the driveway and
should be in the oak trees.  What a mess.  Of 16 pods this year, only one is
still on the stalk and undamaged.  This one is broken, but was still hanging
so I'm trying the splint to see if it will last.  The rest were knocked off
and some battered open.  I've collected them and will let them dry and see
if any may have reached enough maturity to try and plant.  Doubtful.  About
all that was still in bloom were the spurias and, of course, they are
flattened and shredded along with every other iris.  Unbelievably only two
of the little seedlings I've lined out were completely destroyed.  I can't
find one at all and the other had the tiny rhizome knocked in half.  They
are severely battered so time will tell which ones will survive to grow.
There were some still in pots under the roof overhang.  They didn't fare any
better.  This completes the bad things that have happened.  Drought, fire
hazard, late freezes, excessive windy conditions even for us.  All that hail
and really not much rain to go with it.  It'll be weeks before I can get the
damage and leaves cleared out of the iris beds.  Great cover for the
copperheads.

Donald Eaves
donald@eastland.net
Texas Zone 7b, USA


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