When I put out my eggplant, tomato and pepper transplants early, I did it while firmly crossing my fingers. April 20th is our last freeze date for much of Oklahoma, and I was taking my chances. I was prepared to cover the plants with sheets or empty containers. I wanted to plant my new little garden in the worse kind of way.
What I didn’t expect was this. We were under a thunderstorm warning, but, around 9:30 p.m., hail rained down upon all the poor plants.
Some fared better than others. This eggplant wasn’t so lucky. Neither were its two sisters.
Nor were these onions. Remember them standing ramrod straight for their photograph in the last post? Now, they are taking the hail lying down. Who can blame them?
Some of the flowers are too.
Many of the tulips were overwhelmed by this fast moving storm’s ferocity, but I bet they will snap back for the most part. Their stems aren’t broken.
After I took the photos, I worked on removing broken stems and clearing the debris away from the plants before it rots in the sun. I think I only lost one tomato which had its main stem broken in half. The eggplants remain to be seen, but I can buy a couple more if I must. I think they will be okay. As for the basil, it will come back stronger.
Further, we received rain. The storm passed, and most of the garden looks just fine.
As for life’s storms, many of you have asked about my father-in-law. He is home from the hospital, and he and my mother-in-law are both receiving care at home. My sister-in-law, Maria, came from St. Louis and gave my other sisters-in-law the weekend to rest. They did get to come to Easter. Now, we wait and see how things go from here.
Spring and life in general are full of storms. Afterward, we clean up and carry on. In the garden, it is the same. My fingers are still crossed against a late freeze.