I was at work yesterday when a storm unlike any we've seen recently came through. Very high whipping winds, heavy rain and golf-ball sized hail pelted the office. Thunder and lightening sounded like it was right on top of us.
I was concerned for my garden, which is only a few miles away. (And concerned that I had left open some windows. Sigh.)
One of the first things I saw coming home was our dogwood tree, which had been full and thick, had been stripped of all it's older leaves, leaving only the smaller leaves and a "naked" looking tree. There were leaves and branches everywhere.
In the garden, it was obvious that the hail did the most damage.
The tomatoes had many broken branches and some small tomatoes fell off the plants. They will recover. I think the flexibility of the branches helped them survive the hail.
But the worst hit was the squash - branches broken and holes in the leaves.
The hail was large, but not round. It had jagged edges.
The storm put our little town on the news last night. One man lost his life when a tree fell on his car, and several residents have major damage to their yards and homes. I am very fortunate that all I really have is minor leaf damage.