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?!