Poor Hostas!

My hostas have been popping up in my borders recently and were looking really good, no holes from slugs or snails to mar their beauty, that is , until yesterday. The sun was actually shining for a while, so there I was wandering round the garden, taking photos of my candelabra primulas with a view to another post, all of a sudden it went very dark and within seconds there was a whiteout, I was being attacked by torrential hailstones! I hastily stepped into my border and sheltered under one of my trees, but the hailstones still managed to find me. The hail lasted for a good 5 minutes if not longer, before I was able to make a dash for the house.

It was only later, when the weather had calmed down, that I was able to get out and see if there was any damage.

Poor Hosta Striptease didn’t know what hit it, it is torn to shreds almost, mind you it must have been far too cold to live up to its name!

Even thick, large leaves on Hosta Snowden were damaged.

Hosta Halcyon, on the rockery, took a few hits, even though the leaves are quite sturdy.

Hosta sieboldiana, in the earlier photo  with the hail stones on it, suffered even though the leaves are very thick and it is very sheltered where it is. The hail that landed on me certainly stung me, I’m just glad I’m not a hosta leaf! Hopefully the hostas will put out more leaves, then I can remove the damaged ones. Was anyone else attacked by hail yesterday, you really wouldn’t think that it is nearly June, what is happening to our weather?!

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6 Responses to Poor Hostas!

  1. Denise says:

    Wow Pauline I could hardly believe the ‘white’ background in your photos! Those poor hostas really have taken a beating. I am sure they will recover and send out lovely new leaves in good time. What a strange Spring it has been.

    • Pauline says:

      Ridiculous isn’t it Denise, to be white everywhere in the last week of May! It didn’t last very long but it was enough to cause some damage, hopefully new leaves will hide it all.

  2. snowbird says:

    Good grief!!! It’s May, how surreal! Poor hostas, I do hope they recover. I remember snow in Formby, in May, years ago. xxx

  3. Cathy says:

    Good grief Pauline, I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it!

    • Pauline says:

      No Cathy I haven’t seen anything like it at the end of May before, it was all rather a shock. I only noticed my hostas at the time but since then I have found all the leaves on one of my hydrangeas have been slashed to shreds! I’m hoping that the plant won’t be too affected by the damage to its leaves and will still flower ok later in the year.

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