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CLiff, I'm so sorry--I've been there with the hail.  Maybe we all have.  I 
remember one particular Thursday before our local Saturday when I watched a 
wall of hail charge into my iris beds; it was a fine sharp hail that shredded 
everything like cat's claws.  But as for cleanup, maybe the best thing for now 
is a good stiff drink and to wait for a couple of days.  Then the damaged 
stuff will be wilted, and you can tell better what's still healthy and will 
grow.  Just cut off the damaged leaves--you want to save as much leaf surface 
as you can to provide food for the plant.  And hopefully there are still buds 
lurking where the hail couldn't reach, and you'll have more bloom in a few 

Barb, in Santa Fe, where hail is our worst natural disaster next to drought.

From: 	iris-l@rt66.com on behalf of Cliff Snyder
Sent: 	Monday, April 07, 1997 11:45 AM
To: 	Multiple recipients of list
Subject: 	TB: BLOOM/HAIL

I don't mean to depress the list, but I must relate the horrible day of
April 3rd. My previous postings listed several TB's in full bloom. Not
anymore! Nine inches of rain and 1/2" hail completely destroyed foliage
and more esthetically, blooms (OHHH NOOO). The iris look like Freddy
Krueger went through the farm in a very bad mood.  Since I've never
experienced such horrible destruction, should I trim the foliage or
leave the poor shreds hanging? To take the stress off the plants I have
cut more than 150 bloomstalks.

Cliff Snyder		Austin, Tx
Rainbow Iris Morgue

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