On the bright side - you'll have a bit more sun for Iris in the yard now.
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> Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 18:42:18 -0400
> Subject: [iris-photos] OT-CHAT: not fun
> A little too much excitement here Fri night. Downburst knocked down
> trees and snapped power poles all thru my little valley. Plenty of
> (rain ~ 1 1/2 inches in less than an hour) and small, shredding hail.
> 3 ft diameter pecan came down on top of my house, bounced and slid to
> end up mostly here. Tough 100+ yr farm house with solid wood walls, or
> I suspect I would have been squashed.
> Just finished getting the tree cut off the house and can now see the
> dent in the ridgeline where part of the tree hit.
> Also added some more "mulch" to this year's seedlings, still (more or
> less) in their germination pots.
> High winds and gusts brought down yet more trees yesterday, tho no more
> in the yard or on the driveway.
> The good news is that the pots of DECADENCE, and a few other pollen
> sources were undamaged on the porch out of the worst of the weather.
> And while all the blooms in the field were shredded, most buds opened
> the next day. Many had holes in them, but were otherwise ok.
> I have new appreciation for why those in windy parts of the country
> don't like tall irises.
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
> East Tennessee Iris Society
> Region 7, Kentucky-Tennessee
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