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Enough with the severe weather, already!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tuesday through Thursday Denver and the front range had severe weather. Thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes. My trees have plenty of shredded leaves, but I managed to cover my tomato and basil plants and they came through it okay. Sigh. I worked so hard getting that vegetable garden prepared and planted . . .

Yesterday my office had arranged for a blood donation bus to be across the street from our building in downtown Denver all day and many of us employees had appointments to donate blood - including me. They were just about to insert the needle in my arm when large hail began to hit the roof of the bus - LOUD! The phlebotomist decided to wait a few minutes - and then we heard the tornado sirens going off to warn that there was a potential tornado near! After about 20 minutes things calmed down to just pouring rain outside and I donated blood. Whew!

When I got home, there were lots of tree leaves shredded around my yard, but the purple iris out front looked great. On Wednesday only 3 of the flowers had opened and they had lost all their petals from the hail. No severe weather predicted for at least the next few days. My lawn is getting long and shaggy and will definitely need to be cut over the long weekend. Just need it to stop raining long enough to let the grass dry out enough to cut it! I can tell you the mint I transplanted from the vegetable garden to the xeriscape garden last weekend is doing great with all this moisture.

Have a super long weekend and enjoy some outdoor activity, if you're able. emoticon
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  • JUMPINJULIE
    I'm glad their is no major damage I hope the tomato's and basil are still okay. I hope the weather calms down now.
    1592 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    Enough already! Whatever have we done to the Heavens?!! Hope for sunny weather for you this holiday weekend.
    1609 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    Holy cow...WHAT IS WITH THIS crazy weather? I can't help but think it's Mother Nature taking her vengeance on the idiocy of mankind. For far to long we have raped and plundered the land and now Mother Nature is taking her revenge.

    That doesn't make it any easier on those of us that have always respected her and have no part in the craziness of others.

    I've always been a recycler...long before it was the cool thing to do and the biggest reason for opening the consignment gallery was to preserve perfectly beautiful used furniture.

    All we can do is hope that the 'talking heads' finally get and realize that climate change is the REAL deal and we need to do something and FAST to protect our beautiful planet earth!

    Glad some of your plants came through the melee. emoticon
    1609 days ago
  • GAILSMAILS
    Oh that rough weather is awful! It's that time of year when you can watch the grass grow. I hope it dries out for you so you can get it mowed.

    Good luck. Stay safe!
    1609 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I'm glad at least some of your plants came through ok. We had a hailstorm last summer that destroyed 2 of my rose bushes. They had been here longer than we have, and a 20 minute storm wiped them out. I thought I had lost a 3rd one too, but this spring it looks like it's coming back.
    1610 days ago
  • 4EVERNESS
    Sorry to hear about the awful weather. I'd probably taken the problems with donating blood as a sign not to :). I'm so glad you did. I used to donate regularly, but then when the ex was stationed in England, altho we bought groceries at the commissary and only ate at 'american' places for things that had meat, they will not let me donate blood now as there was an anthrax scare over there at the time (as far as I know, I have no signs of being a carrier of hoof n mouth. The only hoofin i do is dancing :)). Mint is wonderful..I've only found the polite spearmint here, and bought some for my daughter, but cannot find that prolific fuzzy mint that takes over gardens. I've heard mint is great for keeping things like fire ants away, and figure the fuzzy leaf stuff would probably work best for some reason! Enjoy the shagginess, enjoy the excuse, it is but a short lived reprieve, and perhaps it wanted to naturally 'seed' or spread those rhizomes for you, especially if the summer turns very dry (later wishing you had rain barrels to gather and keep covered in case?)-get the growth while you can. Better than the fires of Colorado Springs recent history...yet similar to their flooding and mud slide work? Note the little rain sparkles on each and every blade, any corn bugs or lady bugs alighting on the dewy sparkles...ahhhh a refreshing wading pool... Have a beautiful memorial day weekend....

    God forgive me, :) but I wonder if the evangelists of Colorado Springs have been doing great lately....
    1610 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2014 7:55:14 AM
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I saw pictures of how much hail all of you got. Glad your tomatoes and basil survived. Sorry about your irises though. That's really a shame. I have one that is just now blooming. I love the smell of fresh mint. I really love the smell of chocolate mint!

    My mom and her fiance were planning on going up to the mountains this weekend but there supposed to get rain and it's not supposed to be all that warm so they canceled their plans.

    Have a nice long weekend and hope you get to get outside and do something fun.
    1610 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    It has been crazy your way, and other areas. Stay safe!!
    1610 days ago
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