Before and after the storm

While much of the UK has been bathed in sunshine (!!!or so I understand), central Italy is experiencing weather!!!!!

We have had the highest rainfall in the last three months since I have lived in Italy (15 years)  this follows the coldest, longest winter which in turn was preceded by the hottest, driest summer on record.

Yesterday was a good gardening day up until 3.30 in the afternoon.  It was warm, but not too hot with no wind.  Then an electric storm which thundered around for an hour or so with wind that left many of the wisteria leaves shredded on the terrace.  Torrential rain was interspersed with hail; hail that was made of quite large pieces of ice.

A similar pattern is predicted for most days this week.  So far today hasn’t been quite so violent but it is raining heavily again and thunder rolled around and around for some time.

Hail causes dreadful damage and I could already see today that some of the tomato stems looked like they had measles where the ice had hit them.  I hope they aren’t too badly damaged!

Many of the Iris flowers were damaged and some stems were knocked over so I have some more vases to enjoy!

I call this Iris ‘Caramel’ but this image doesn’t render the true colour. The falls are really a much richer brown rather than the almost purple they appear here

This is a newly opened white Iris (I have at least 3 different whites

Perfect because it opened after the storm

Two stems of this beauty were laying down so had to be picked

Another white that has only just opened. This has a very blue caste

This one is also scented

Everywhere is GREEN

The wind and hail even broke some of the stems of the Zinnia that were outside hardening off!!!!

Poor gardeners – what we have to deal with!

47 thoughts on “Before and after the storm

  1. Our weather is now starting to cool down, thank goodness. Yesterday it was hotter than Madrid or Athens, far too hot to garden! Your beautiful Iris will look lovely in your vases, such a shame they got battered by your hail, our poor plants have to put up with so much.

  2. I’m sorry that the weather is being so contrary. We had a thunderstorm at midnight last night too, but luckily it came with nearly an inch of rain and no hail. Your irises are gorgeous…I hope you will enjoy them inside!

    • I don’t usually cut I Irises. I love their effect in the garden but I enjoy rescuing any that have fallen down. It is good to observe them close up.

  3. Oh no Christina that was an awful storm with all the worst things…especially hail, wind. But as you say you have more vases and lots of green. I hope your garden is spared any more damage, and that things grow back.

  4. Christina I feel very much the destruction of the storm. Here we have three days that in the afternoon first there are thunder and then torrential rain: the first two days we had hail. Not today. All your Iris I love, especially the whites, they are a treasure. I hope the weather normalizes and the hail stops. Let the rain be normal because it suits the earth, but without doing any damage no matter how small. Be careful with lightning, do not get caught in the garden. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. It does look nice and green though! I hope the weather calms down for you – gentle rain would be nice, preferably overnight so we can work in the day!

  6. I’m sorry to hear about the storm Christina: hail is always devastating in the garden. Your garden continues to give much pleasure though, and the last photo is lovely with that little pop of pink on the left. Meanwhile here we continue to hope for rain. We last had rain on April 20th and then it was only 6 ml!

  7. That’s the kind of weather I hate having during iris season. They do look like they’ve held up well though! I love all the ruffles and color, they’re not a flower anyone can pass by.
    Things have been fairly quiet here this spring. A bit of a wind storm two days ago but fortunately no hail. I’m sure that will wait until the delphiniums open!

  8. My sympathies, Christina. Hail is the worst thing to happen after gardens have leafed out. At least you can salvage some of those gorgeous iris to bring inside. This rain will definitely change the garden this summer.

    • Because my soil is so free draining, I don’t know how long the moisture will last. I’ve used lots of mulch so hopefully it will retain moisture longer. For the vegetable crops it is ideal.

    • You were the first one to introduce me to bearded Irises. I remember them on the allotment, but there ir was difficult to keep them weed free. It seems to be easier here.

  9. We are at the mercy of weather! I hope the weather stays calmer for you. Gardening is a joy but, also hard work and it’s difficult to see it undone.

  10. I’m sorry about your bad weather. Blogging with others around the world is so interesting, as we usually don’t get the weather news from other countries. We are back to the heat of summer with temperatures in the 90’s (32c) and high humidity. All the rain storms are missing our area and the meteorologists are talking about a period of drought. Last August, our region had the highest rainfall ever in the US. The weather always changes and I guess that is why it is so interesting.

  11. What a frustration, especially coming after your wisteria devastation! I hope that our weather doesn’t follow suit, but I think that we finish our unusually warm and sunny spell today. Your irises are fantastic though and will be nice to enjoy close up.

  12. It’s actually been rather changeable overall down here in Devon. We had the very hot weather in April, then some cool, more hot over the recent bank holiday weekend and now much cooler again but nothing to match your extremes. Very sorry to hear about the hail damage and your poor wisteria getting another hammering from the wind, hope it will recover.

  13. I am always amazed to see how strong some plants really are !! But I hate it when the weather is so unpredictable !!

  14. Yikes! I’ve been reading some of the long-term projections on the results of climate change here in California – the experts are predicting more sharp swings between periods of extreme drought and serious flooding caused by “atmospheric rivers” (a term I don’t think I’d ever even heard until last year). It sounds a bit like you may be experiencing something of the same shift. I’m glad some of your bearded Iris at least came through the recent weather whiplash!

  15. I’m sorry to hear about your adverse weather, Christina, gardening seems to become ever more challenging. Things are peaceful here for now and we’re lucky to be in a sheltered spot as friends of mine have already had hail storms. Everything is lush and jungle-like at present and we even seem to escape late frost this year which is good as I’ve planted out tomatoes & Co. a while ago. Keep your chin up xx

  16. I love your white irises. We missed the heatwave that most of the Uk enjoyed. We were in Scotland for a week with more or less non stop rain. Got back to find the allotment plants were alive in spite of the heat and no watering. Great relief.

  17. You have seen some real extremes in the last year so each time are having to learn the effect they might have on your garden. I don’t recall ever experiencing the sort of hail that you have described and hope your garden is now picking itself up again after the onslaught. Interestingly, seeing your irises makes we wonder if it is the often highly contrasting colours that do not appeal to me as the white one you showed easily stands out as my favourite of these blooms… 😉

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