We’ve had a bunch of plagues here this year: hares and deer chewing young trees, tent-caterpillars, weeds, heat, drought, rain, and now hail. One apricot and one apple that were chewed badly have sprouted new growth. Power was knocked out briefly and there were quite a few hailstones hitting our windows in the wee hours last night. This morning I can see most of our plants are just fine. We must have been near the edge of it. TLW reports that streets nearby are covered in shredded leaves. So, we’ve been lucky. Despite a little damage, it could have been much worse. The caterpillars, drought and rains weren’t too bad either. A few leaves got eaten but I was able to pluck off most of the caterpillars that found my trees sooner rather than later. I’ve whacked a lot of the weeds. The ones that got to be very large actually were sheared off and shaded the smaller ones so we won tactical victory there. Several of our vegetables are competing well against the weeds: lettuce, pumpkin and asparagus just won’t quit. With the kind of rains we’ve been having, our soil is ready for seeding grass so that will happen this week most likely.
It’s not so bad. A taste of plague keeps us humble and thankful, unlike Trumpists.
UPDATE – The folks WSW of us were in the bull’s eye of last night’s storm.