This post might have some pretty garden photos, but there was nothing pretty about what happened yesterday. It started the day with temperatures in the elevated 90’s and a record low of 77° to end the evening before.
We had high winds and sustained rainfall that blasted our area and left quite a bit of destruction. Basements were flooded with raw sewage, the Norway Maples were topped and split, and roof tiles set sail in the wind. The lightning storm lasted for a few hours laying waste to gardens and backyards.
I lost my glass-topped iron table, and the heavy tempered glass top shattered in the garden after flattening the plants in its path. The iron shepherds hooks bent to the ground and the beautiful hanging baskets in the backyard were destroyed. The two out front made it through the storm. The garden plants where prone and many broken.
There was no warning of the storm to come, and weather reports were far off the mark. The blast of high winds and thunderstorms downed power lines and prompted electricity outages in surrounding areas. Neighboring Ontario issued a tornado warning that did not materialize and the notice was lifted.
In the city, firefighters were dealing with reports of sparking power transformers, arcing wires and trees blocking streets. Especially on our street, the crews were out in the pouring rain starting cleanup late last night. We have not had rain and this rain did little to help the gardens. To the contrary, it did much destruction.
This leads to a recent study noting that the month of June continued the string of consecutive warmer than average months to 340. The study was done and the data compiled by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The “World Meteorological Organization found that nine of the 10 years between 2001-2010 were among the 10 warmest years on record for the globe.” You might want to take a look at the report or read the summary article here.
While not completely attributed to the high temperatures, the storm severity is getting much worse here and around the country. Sadly, this may be what is in our climatic future, with 340 previous months to support such a prediction.
Needless to say, I did not go and photograph on garden walks this weekend, but will have a nice garden coming up tomorrow.
The reason the red rose is in this post is because there were few flowers or even leaves left on the rose standard. The poor bees had a hard time today foraging for food. After doing flybys of the petal free flowers, the bees kept coming to the few that were remaining. Plants that remain untouched were the small asters and Coreopsis. All the daisies, Delphinium, and Perovskia were broken off at the base. Hydrangea also was badly damaged. I did not lose any trees, but the pear was blowing over at a very scary angle. Next week… more thunderstorms are predicted.